Combined Annual Report and Sustainability Report 2018

About this report

With its combined annual report and sustainability report, the DMK Group documents its economic, ecological and social achievements for relevant groups of stakeholders. This seventh report provides information on the results and most significant developments of the 2018 fiscal year from 1 January to 31 December 2018. DMK reports on the company's progress every year. The last combined annual report and sustainability report appeared in June 2018. Since last year, DMK has published the report online.


The combined reporting is based on the Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and the new GRI Guidelines are now being applied for the second time. Up to the combined report for 2016, the DMK Group reported in accordance with the Core option of the GRI G4 Guidelines. The report was not externally audited. The GRI Content Index contains the references within the report.

Unless otherwise stated, the content, key figures, ratios and indicators in the report refer to the associated companies and participating interests of DMK (see DMK corporate structure). These include:

  • the dairy farmers and member dairies of Deutsches Milchkontor eG and DOC Kaas B.A. and of contract suppliers to DMK GmbH
  • DMK GmbH and subsidiaries in which DMK holds a stake of at least 75 percent.

A number or ratios, e.g. for employees and the milk volume, are contained in the Group Management Report for the Group as a whole. The breakdown for the Combined Annual Report and Sustainability Report 2018 has been performed for the narrower scope mentioned above.

The DMK production sites at Bad Bibra and Rimbeck which were closed in the year under review are included only in part in the indicators given in the Environmental protection at the production sites section, up to their closure.


DMK has compiled the content, key figures, ratios and indicators in close collaboration with the responsible departments of the company and by analysing the following management systems:

  • Consolidated annual financial statements/financial data
  • Employee ratios: Electronic Personnel Management System, Occupational Health and Safety Management System
  • Environmental ratios: Environmental Management System DIN EN ISO 14001-2015 Energy Management System DIN EN ISO 50001
  • Quality ratios: Quality Management System
  • Integrated Management System (IMS)


The aims of this report are to create a compact overview for all stakeholder groups and to enable dialogue. Insights from stakeholder surveys and from the dialogue with various groups, for example, have been incorporated into the report. DMK is interested in your opinion. If you have any suggestions or comments about this report, please write to: nachhaltigkeit@dmk.de

Responsible for this report: Corporate Communication and Corporate Strategy Further information: further information on the Global Reporting Initiative and the GRI Guidelines can be found at: www.globalreporting.org

Extensive materials about the company and the DMK Sustainability Programme are available at: Publication area.

For ease of reading the masculine form is used in this report in referring to persons. This is always taken to mean people of both genders.

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