The Handbook provides a pragmatic step by step guidance to explore and apply the social  metrics in your first case studies. It contains plenty of guidance in the data collection, hotspot identification, circular economy and impact assessment.

The Social Topic Report is the companion of the Handbook. It provides the definitions of 25 social topics, the reference scales and performance indicators. It is updated in April 2022; with more links to relevant standards and clarifications and examples. 

Our Core Partners are implementing the social metrics in their organisations supported by efficient procedures. The Implementation Guide shows how this can be done, based on the journeys our Core Partners are making currently.

The Methodology is based on the recognition that companies can not only impact social wellbeing, but are also dependent on it. The social topics are selected based on this understanding of mutual dependency between an organisation, its workers, the local communities, the small-scale entrepreneurs and of course their customers.

10477484901?profile=RESIZE_400xDuring 2021 our core members from Corbion, DSM and Fuji-Oil sat together and shared their views and experiences how the Handbook is already helping to improve their sustainability reporting. The discussions cantered around three questions:

  • Why are we looking for improved reporting​?
  • How is improved reporting implemented​?
  • What are the benefits of using the Handbook in improved reporting?

In the report the answers are provided that can be summarised as follows:

Why are we looking for improved reporting​?

The primamry reason for all three is that the companies had already formuleted ambitions targets and policies, and all feld they needed to further develop the metrics to support these policies. There is also a strong connection to the upcoming regulations such as the Due dilligence and Taxonomy law in Europe and other reporting requirements

How is improved reporting implemented?

The companies  in this group had a similar procedure, which usually has the following steps:

  1. Materiality assessment and hotspot analysis in the value chain (similar to what is described in the Handbook
  2. Management approach, including target setting, development of governance structure, data collection
  3. Impact assessment and preparing the communication do different audiences and preparing for upcoming legislation.

What are the benefits of using the Handbook in improved reporting?

The materiality assessment, and the availability of a well defined broad scope social topics were a very important contribution to the improved reporting cycle. It helped toprovide focus and itsupported target setting. Another important benefit is the approach to screen the entire scope three in the hotspot identification phase and the data tools we discovered and started to use during our journey. This is very important as most ESG reporting focusses not  further then tier 1 of the supply-chain. The Due Diligence legislation typically requires to identify social hotspots in the entire value chain.

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