Our materiality assessment was conducted over eight months, in partnership with sustainability experts Salterbaxter and in line with the GRI G4 guidelines. It comprised four steps:
Identifying stakeholder groups: we engaged with employees in key corporate functions across the business. We also identified customers, consumers, key influencers, regulators, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and suppliers. In future years we will also engage communities, recyclers and the media.
Aspects identification: since Tetra Pak is a private company, for 2016 we focused solely on social and environmental aspects of GRI G4 (as opposed to financial aspects). We analysed these aspects across the value chain, both in packaging materials and equipment.
Aspects prioritisation: we conducted a series of internal workshops and interviews with 40 employees from a range of business functions and all 14 members of our Global Leadership Team. In-depth research based on a variety of materials such as presentations, reports, academic papers, websites and other insights helped us understand the expectations of external stakeholders. It included engaging with:
Validation: the materiality matrix was presented to our Strategy Council in October 2016 where the material aspects were validated and approved. It was agreed that the 14 top material aspects will form the basis of the 2017 Sustainability Report and will be used to map against the GRI G4 indicators. Food availability did not come up during the materiality assessment but was added separately as the Strategy Council concluded it was a key issue that should be included in our material aspects.
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Together with our customers we make food safe and available, everywhere. Since the start in 1951 we have taken pride in providing the best possible processing and packaging solutions for food.