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2021 Annual Report

Progress Arises from Change.

2021 Annual Report


Information on Reporting

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Use of a framework

No individual framework was used for the preparation of the combined non-financial statement. Continental sees the full implementation of an individual framework as inappropriate, in particular due to the definitions of materiality, which deviate from the HGB. However, individual reporting elements such as the preparation of individual indicators are aligned with existing reporting standards, as indicated accordingly in the relevant text passages.

Material reporting topic areas

The Executive Board of Continental adopted a sustainability ambition in autumn 2020 on the basis of a survey of customers, investors and employees, among others. For the combined non-financial statement, the topic areas included in the ambition were assessed as to their materiality in accordance with Section 289c (2) HGB. To this end, they were analyzed in terms of risks and opportunities for the company and their effects on non-financial matters. As a result, the following eight topic areas were identified as reporting topic areas: emission-free mobility and industries, carbon neutrality, circular economy, responsible value chain, good working conditions, green and safe factories, benchmark in quality, and sustainable management practice. The reporting topic areas are valid for fiscal 2021 as well.

An overview of the reporting topic areas and their correlation with non-financial aspects can be found in the table “Continental sustainability reporting topic areas.”

Presentation of the business model and risks

The required information on the business model can be found in the Structure of the Continental Group and Strategy of the Continental Group sections on pages 26 and 27 and pages 29 and 30, respectively, and the information on risks can be found in the report on risks and opportunities starting on page 85. Beyond this, no additional risks were identified pursuant to Section 289c (3) HGB.

Presentation of concepts, results and performance indicators

The information on concepts and results as well as performance indicators refer – unless otherwise indicated – to the Continental Group as a whole, comprising continuing operations and discontinued operations. However, the performance indicators for fiscal 2021 only relate to continuing operations and therefore exclude Vitesco Technologies, which was spun off on September 15, 2021. The data for fiscal 2020 was not adjusted and was transferred over from the combined non-financial statement for 2020. The comparability of data with the previous year is ensured at the relevant points through qualitative information.

In accordance with the HGB, the performance indicators are not the most significant corporate-management indicators, which means that they are not required to be integrated into the report on expected developments.


Wherever necessary for comprehension, the combined non-financial statement contains references to amounts reported in the consolidated financial statements, including notes.

References to information in other sections of the management report and the consolidated financial statements are officially part of this combined non-financial statement. References to information outside of the management report and the consolidated financial statements are not officially part of this combined non-financial statement.

Full sustainability reporting

Full sustainability reporting on all relevant topic areas for the Continental sustainability ambition can be found in the integrated sustainability report. This consolidates the information from the combined non-financial statement, the management report, the consolidated financial statements and other sources, as well as further supplementary information, in a modular format.

The integrated sustainability report will be published in April 2022 and will be available at www.continental-sustainability.com.

Continental sustainability reporting topic areas
  Continental sustainability ambition topic areas Material reporting topic areas for the non-financial statement in accordance with Sections 315b and 315c HGB in conjunction with Sections 289b to 289e HGB Allocation of material reporting topic areas to non-financial aspects in accordance with Section 289c (2) HGB
Four focus areas of sustainability1 Carbon neutrality X Environmental matters
  Emission-free mobility and industries X Environmental matters
  Circular economy X Environmental matters
  Responsible value chain X Environmental matters, employee matters, social matters, respect for human rights
Eight sustainability essentials2 Good working conditions X Employee matters, respect for human rights
  Green and safe factories X Environmental matters, employee matters, respect for human rights
  Innovations and digitalization   -
  Benchmark in quality X Environmental matters, social matters
  Safe mobility   -
  Long-term value creation   -
  Sustainable management practice X Anti-corruption and bribery matters, employee matters
  Corporate citizenship   -

1 For our four focus areas, we are committed to achieving our strong, visionary ambitions by 2050 at the latest, together with our partners along the value chain.

2 Our eight sustainability essentials are at the core of our sustainability management.