Most significant topics

Based on stakeholder dialogue, and considering the economic, environmental, and social impacts of our operations, we have defined nine sustainability topics that we see as important for Outotec in relation to risk management or value creation.

Outotec conducted a wide-ranging review of material sustainability topics in 2014. Potential topics were first identified together with an external partner, based on a previous materiality assessment run in 2011, as well as management interviews, a review of sustainability trends impacting the industry, and stakeholder feedback. We next mapped all of the relevant economic, environmental and social impacts that can influence stakeholders’ perceptions of Outotec.

Our Sustainability Working Group then prioritized the identified significant topics in a workshop, which were then validated by the Outotec Leaders’ Forum, where about 100 of Outotec’s leaders shared their views on the topics. The results of the materiality assessment were also reviewed and verified by Outotec’s Sustainability Advisory Council, representing our key stakeholders.

Outotec’s sustainability specialists evaluated the scope and aspect boundaries for the material topics, and chose the relevant GRI indicators. Finally, the Executive Board validated the results of the materiality assessment in 2015.

At the end of 2016, the core team of the Sustainability Working Group reviewed the material aspects and related GRI indicators against G4 guidelines. The list of material aspects was complemented, and some indicators were left out from reporting to improve compliance with the G4 guidelines for the ‘core’ level reporting framework.

Based on the materiality assessment, the topics that matter most for Outotec are:

  1. Safety
  2. Sustainable offering for customers
  3. Responsible business practices
  4. Sustainable supply chain
  5. Development of our people
  6. Equal opportunities and diversity
  7. Stakeholder dialogue
  8. Community involvement
  9. Minimizing our own environmental impact

The first five of these nine most material topics, together with the below G4 aspects identified as material, were chosen as the most significant issues for Outotec’s business. These topics are all reviewed in this report.

  Topics material to Outotec G4 material aspects Aspect boundaries
1 Safety
  • Occupational health and safety
 
  • Outotec’s premises and employees
  • Contractors working under Outotec's supervision
  • Outotec’s project sites
2 Sustainable offering for customers
  • Products and services
  • Customer health and safety
  • Energy
  • Emissions
  • Outotec’s premises and employees
  • Outotec’s products and services at customers’ operations
3 Responsible business practices
  • Economic performance
  • Indirect economic impacts
  • Compliance
  • Environmental grievance mechanisms
  • Labor practices grievance mechanisms
  • Human rights grievance mechanisms
  • Freedom of association
  • Non-discrimination
  • Anti-corruption
  • Anti-competitive behavior
  • Outotec’s premises and employees
  • Outotec’s products and services
  • Suppliers
4 Sustainable supply chain
  • Procurement practices
  • Supplier environment
  • Supplier assessment for labor practices
  • Supplier assessment for impacts on society
  • Child labor
  • Forced or compulsory labor
  • Supplier human rights
  • Suppliers’ operations
  • Contractors working under Outotec's supervision
  • Outotec’s project sites
5 Development of our people
  • Training and education
  • Employment
  • Outotec’s employees
6 Equal opportunities and diversity 
  • Diversity and equal opportunity
  • Outotec’s employees
  • Suppliers
7 Stakeholder dialogue
  • Product and service labeling
  • Labor/management relations
  • Local communities
  • Outotec’s key stakeholders
8 Community involvement
  • Grievance mechanisms for impact on society 
  • Outotec’s premises and employees
  • Outotec’s project sites
  • Outotec’s stakeholders
9 Minimizing our own environmental impact
  • Materials
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Emissions
  • Effluents and waste 
  • Outotec’s premises and employees  
  • Contractors working under Outotec's supervision at project sites