Sustainability & integrated reporting

Materiality assessment to support sustainability reporting

A major consumer goods company needed to assess its social, environmental and governance issues for inclusion in its annual sustainability report.

  • Challenge

    Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines for sustainability reporting require the conducting of a materiality assessment of sustainability issues. Our client wanted an independent assessment of the issues that presented the greatest risk to its business and stakeholders.

  • Solution

    We used a structured and comprehensive score-based approach to prioritise the client’s sustainability issues. We held extensive interviews with key functional leads to conduct a desk-based research assessment supported by our indices.

  • Outcome

    By combining quantitative risk data with qualitative interviews, we produced an accurate assessment based on objective metrics rather than subjective judgements. Interviews also served the purpose of educating internal stakeholders on the requirements and benefits of sustainability reporting.