ABOUT THE REPORT Welcome to the ege Group's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report for the financial year from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018. The report includes our statutory corporate social responsibility report, cf. Section 99a of the Danish Financial Statements Act1, and firm of auditors EY have ensured that the report is in compliance with the Act. The report also serves as our Communication on Progress report for the UN Global Compact. For the first time, the report not only includes egetæpper's factories in Herning and Gram, but all factories in the Group: egetæpper Herning, egetæpper Gram, Hammer Carpets, Bentzon Carpets, Carpet Concept and UAB Litspin. This change is due to Section 99a of the Danish Financial Statements Act, which requires the CSR report to include data from the entire Group. Last year we achieved a derogation from this rule while we were working to establish a data collection system for the four factories in which we have acquired the majority shareholdings since 2010. The system is now in place and we look forward to presenting full CSR accounts for the first time in this report. This has entailed significant changes in the content and results of the report. It is still built up around the seven focus areas in the CSR standard, DS 49001, according to which egetæpper in both Herning and Gram are certified. This year, however, the figures in the report concern the entire Group. In contrast to Herning and Gram, the other factories in the Group have not previously worked systematically with CSR. A lot of work therefore remains to be done before the Group's other factories have built up the required approach to CSR activities. This is naturally reflected in the figures presented in the CSR report. The Group figures differ significantly from the figures usually presented in egetæpper's CSR report. Secondly, egetæpper's EMAS statement, which is normally included in the CSR report, has been extracted and published in a separate document. This is because EMAS solely concerns the factories in Herning and Gram. The figures in this CSR report are thus not verified by EMAS as usual. Interested readers can find the verified figures for Herning and Gram in the EMAS statement on egetæpper's website. In the longer term, we would like all of the Group figures in the CSR report to be externally verified. Until then, we can emphasise that we devote a lot of internal work to verifying the figures at the individual factories. A new aspect is that in this year's report we are launching the #sustainablestories hashtag. Under this hashtag we focus on good stories and current issues. We hope that other companies will also seize the opportunity to share their stories with each other and to spotlight relevant issues. Questions concerning the CSR report can be addressed to: Director/CSO – Chief Sustainability Officer Henrik Schmidt Hansen: firstname.lastname@example.org CSR Manager Dorthe Aaboe Kallestrup: email@example.com 1 See Annex 1 for further details of Section 99a.
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