• Unified control of sustainability


Efficient environmental and resource management at all global sites: the technology company Voith, based in Heidenheim, Germany, is making this a reality. They started using the EHS and CSR software Quentic in 2011 to help them on their road to sustainability. Quentic allows all those responsible to carry out their tasks simultaneously within a single system.

Photographs provided by Voith.

About Voith

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Voith, a family-owned company, was founded in 1867 and employs over 20,000 people in more than 60 countries. Their portfolio of industrial plants, products, and services supplies five essential markets worldwide: Energy, Oil & Gas, Paper, Raw Materials, and Transport & Automotive. Their operating activities are organized into four group divisions: Voith Digital Solutions, Voith Hydro, Voith Paper, and Voith Turbo.

Environmental protection as a central objective

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Voith has formulated three main goals for resource and environmental protection, to be achieved by the fiscal year 2017/2018: reducing freshwater consumption by 10 %, energy demand by 20 % and quantity of waste by 25 %. The central division “Corporate Sustainability”, that also includes Health, Safety, Environment (HSE), monitors these goals and documents their progress in sustainability reports.

Worldwide reporting

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Just a few years ago, the mechanical engineering company’s environmental data was decentralized across several separate systems. “To create a consistent report, our team would have had to record and evaluate the required data from over 120 sites in Excel lists,” says Torsten Kallweit, Head of Corporate Sustainability and HSE. Just merging the data on water, energy, and waste would have taken weeks. Evaluating the data would have taken just as long. The company needed a reliable database to control its internal goals andincrease efficiency. Also, reporting was supposed to be built on the international standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Voith started using Quentic in the EHS sector in 2011 and rolled it out across locations within a few months. It was used, among other things, to create a worldwide hazardous material register to centrally verify and clear the status of hazardous materials. From 2015, Voith also wanted to start using the existing system for their sustainability controlling.

Efficient sustainability controlling

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Today, the data entered into the Sustainability module is checked during the recording process. The plausibility of values and unusual deviations compared to previous periods are evaluated immediately. This means that those responsible for entering the data do not need any expert or specific knowledge in order to identify discrepancies. The standardized procedure for recording and approving data ensures the integrity, consistency and uniformity of data from all locations worldwide. All involved parties can work in the system simultaneously, regardless of time and place. Thanks to versioning, all changes remain traceable while the reporting plan clearly shows the current status of all reporting tasks.

Evaluation at your fingertips

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After approval, the contents are immediately made available for flexible evaluation. For every indicator, the development over time and geographical distribution of values and costs can be depicted and compared to local and global target values. Monetary data is presented in the required currency while automatically taking fluctuations in exchange rates into consideration. Physical data can be automatically converted to other units. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are generated automatically and visualized in diagrams. These KPIs are the foundation for presenting ecological and social aspects in the sustainability report. Indicator catalogs from common reporting standards (currently: GRI and DNK) are also available.

Quentic modules

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Voith is using the following Quentic modules:

  • Quentic Core
  • Health & Safety
  • Online Instructions
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Risks & Audits
  • Legal Compliance
  • Environmental Management
  • Sustainability

“We have created a solid foundation for our reporting of all ecological aspects of sustainability by implementing a centralized system. The effort required to record, verify and evaluate data has been reduced significantly since we can automatize many work steps with Quentic.”

Markus Schönberger, Team Leader Sustainability Controlling, Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA

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