Focus on material issues

Outokumpu has surveyed its stakeholders opinions on what are material aspects in sustainability in 2015. A total of 438 stakeholders participated, including 85 customers, 59 suppliers, 231 employees as well as investors, authorities and NGOs, through different actions.

Customers participated in the Outokumpu Experience 2015 customer event, and all suppliers were contacted via a letter from our CEO, while employees were requested to participate via Outokumpu’s intranet. The authorities and NGOs were included by Outokumpu’s network of personal contacts. Outokumpu’s own assessment of material aspects was discussed and assessed by Group experts involved in corporate responsibility, as well as by the leadership.

Some of the topics have been grouped:

  • Resource efficiency: Energy efficiency, supply of sustainable energy and recycling and circular economy
  • Environmental impact: Management of emissions into air, of water, of waste and impact on land use and biodiversity
  • Compliance: Ethical business conduct and compliance
  • Accountable and transparent governance and reporting: Accountable and transparent governance and reporting including tax transparency.

Important both for Outokumpu business and stakeholders

  • Safe and healthy workplace
  • Resource Efficiency (Material and Energy)
  • Accountable and transparent governance and reporting
  • Product responsibility and quality

Important from stakeholders point of view

  • Environmental impacts
  • Management of toxics and chemicals
  • Labor Practices, Human Rights
  • Sustainable Supply Chain
  • Climate Change


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The assessment of the materiality issues resulted in most being of high significance and only a few being of medium significance for both Outokumpu and the Group's stakeholders, and Outokumpu continues to report on the development on all of the resulting material aspects. 

More information on the materiality analysis done in 2015 in the Sustainability report 2015.

Download material topics and boundaries

  
GRI standard material topics and disclosures

Material topics according to GRI standard 102-47 GRI standard disclusures
Environmental Impact​

303-1

 
304-1 


 
305-7


306-1

​Water withdrawal by source

Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas

Nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulfur oxides (SOX), and other significant air emissions

Water discharge by quality and destination

​Management of toxics

403-2



416-2


Types of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalities

Incidents of non-compliance concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services

​Climate change

305-1

305-2

305-3



305-4


 
 
 

Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions

Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions

Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions

GHG emissions intensity

​Resource efficiency

​301-2

302-1

302-3

306-2

​Recycled input materials used


Energy consumption within the organization
 

Energy intensity
 
Waste by type and disposal method
​Transport & Logistics305-3 Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissionsResource efficiency​
Commitment to Sustainability Leadership

102-10

102-18

102-12

102-10

405-1

Significant changes to the organization and its supply chain

Governance structure 

External initiatives

Significant changes to the organization and its supply chain

Diversity of governance bodies and employees
​Management Systems & Product Certifications​102-2Activities, brands, products, and services​
​Sustainability Driven Commercial Opportunities

203-2 ​

201-1

Significant indirect economic impacts

Direct economic value generated and distributed
​Product Responsibility & Safety416-2​Incidents of non-compliance concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services
​Accountable & Transparent Governance and Reporting405-1​ Diversity of governance bodies and employees
​Products and servicesGroup​Management of toxic and chemicals​
Compliance​

307-1

102-17

419-1

206-1


205-2


102-16

​Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations

Mechanisms for advice and concerns about ethics

Non-compliance with laws and regulations in the social and economic area

Legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices

Communication and training on anti-corruption policies and procedures

Values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior
​Stakeholder Engagement

102-40

102-42

102-43

List of stakeholder groups 

Identifying and selecting stakeholders 


Approach to stakeholder engagement
​Sustainable Supply Chain

204-1

308-1

414-1

102-10

102-9

Proportion of spending on local suppliers 

Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using environmental criteria

New suppliers that were screened using social criteria

Significant changes to the organization and its supply chain

Supply chain
​Labor Practices & Human Rights

414-1

404-2

​New suppliers that were screened using social criteria

Programs for upgrading employee skills and transition assistance programs
​Safe & Healthy Workplace​403-2​Types of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalities
​Human Resource Development

401-1

405-1

102-8

​New employee hires and employee turnover

Diversity of governance bodies and employees

Information on employees and other workers
Restructuring Investments and Closures​203-2Significant indirect economic impacts
​Community Relations & Development

413-2

415-1

Operations with significant actual and potential negative impacts on local communities

Political contributions
​Changes in Legislation & Taxation201-2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities due to climate change