• GRI 102-46 Defining report content and topic Boundaries
  • GRI 102-50 Reporting period
  • GRI 102-51 Date of most recent report
  • GRI 102-52 Reporting cycle
  • GRI 102-54 Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI Standards
  • GRI 102-56 External assurance

The ProSiebenSat.1 2018 Sustainability Report summarizes the key environmental, societal and social developments. Together with the Annual Report 2018, it provides a comprehensive description of ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s performance on the basis of financial and non-financial information. The Sustainability Report essentially consists of Sustainability Magazine and GRI Report and has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option and taking into account the industry-specific disclosures according to the Sector Supplement for the media sector.

When defining the report content, we observed the principles of “stakeholder inclusiveness,” “sustainability context,” “materiality” and “completeness.”. The report was subjected to an independent audit with limited assurance by KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft. Such audits are based on the relevant ISAE 3000 standard.

This Sustainability Report covers ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s scope of consolidation as of the end of financial year 2018 and was published on June 27, 2019. The reporting period covers financial year 2018 and, to remain up to date, some events from the first half of 2019. In most cases, the reference date for the key figures is December 31, 2018. The financial data were taken unchanged from the Annual Report 2018 published on March 21, 2019. The Sustainability Report also refers in particular to non-financial information already disclosed in the Non-Financial Group Declaration according to section 289b, section 315b and section 315c of the German Commercial Code (HGB). The editorial deadline for the activities described in the report was June 24, 2019. The report is prepared annually. The previous ProSiebenSat.1 Sustainability Report was published on June 19, 2018; the report for 2019 is expected to appear in the first half of 2020.

Reporting Scope and Data Availability

The organizational reporting scope for the disclosures contained in the Sustainability Report in relation to concepts and key figures for our sustainability performance essentially includes all Group companies and corresponds to the scope of consolidation of ProSiebenSat.1 Group, which is managed centrally by ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE. The scope of consolidation is defined in accordance with the control principle of IFRS 10. We explain exceptions and restrictions with regard to the reporting scope, as well as the recording of data on performance indicators, below. Further details are indicated accordingly in the disclosures on the sustainability aspects.

In particular, the companies in the Commerce segment and the international business in the Content Production & Global Sales segment are not always included in the disclosures on employees and diversity or the recording of data on non-financial key figures. Some Group functions and programs, such as recruiting and employer branding, are controlled centrally from Unterföhring or are not implemented in this form in individual investments on account of the relatively small number of employees in these investments. ProSiebenSat.1 Group also practices dynamic portfolio management, meaning that the scope of consolidation is constantly changing. Due to it being a commission-driven business, the production area also experiences a high level of volatility with regard to employee numbers.

The information on social responsibility relates in particular to the Group’s sustainability-related business activities in TV programming (Entertainment segment). The description of concepts also includes public value measures, which are implemented by employees at the Unterföhring site.

Through the compliance management system (CMS), ProSiebenSat.1 Group covers the relevant legal areas anti-corruption,  antitrust, data protection, and media law across the Group to a large extent and records the performance indicators across all companies. Owing to the application of different legal regulations in other countries and a lack of relevance for many companies, such as those in production, some concepts such as compliance with advertising law and the protection of journalistic independence concern only a select number of Group companies. For the relevant key figures, with regard to the date of inclusion of Group investments, acquired companies are included in the data collection no later than the first reporting period in which they were consolidated in financial reporting for a full financial year.

This carbon footprint does not include the energy consumption and resulting CO2 emissions of our production studios and computer centers outside the sites in Unterföhring and Berlin due to a lack of data. Further information on the reporting of greenhouse gas emissions can be found in the Accompanying Notes on the Carbon Footprint.