The GRI standard requires a process analyzing and selecting the content of the report which the company approached with utmost diligence. It covered several stages:
the analysis of opinions and assessments of our previous social report for the years 2013-14, review of documents, studies and internal materials, assessment of best practices, market trends and trade guidelines prepared by a consulting company
interviews with internal stakeholders – 29 employees from 9 various areas of the business which allowed us to identify their needs as well as to learn about their recommendations and opinions, interviews with external stakeholders – customers and suppliers, conducted by an independent consulting company.
33 reporting aspects were selected, which were then subjected to validation by the Managers in terms of materiality for the company and its strategy during a dedicated workshop. Additionally, for the first time the Managers made a self-assessment of those aspects according to the degree of DB Schenker's advancement in the implementation of a given topic. The result of the above process is the sustainable development matrix.
Throughout the entire process we cared about the consistency with GRI principles related to defining the content as well as about the quality of presented data, namely:
- sustainability Context
- stakeholder Inclusiveness
- The subsidiary Scanspol Sp. z o.o., in which we had 100% of shares, was taken over in the period covered by the report.
- In the previous social reports of DB Schenker no corrections regarding such aspects as mergers, takeovers, change in the base year/period, nature of the business activity, methods of measurement were made.
- The Company implemented a two-year cycle of social reporting. The previous report for 2013-2014 was published in October 2015.
- DB Schenker has no contributions of capital in other business entities and thus, does not prepare a consolidated financial statement.
When we were defining the content of the report we established a sustainable development matrix with issues essential for DB Schenker.
Graph 4.1. Matrix of materiality
10 key aspects were selected from the matrix – topics indicated as the most important both for the vicinity and for the Company:
- Ensuring safety for employees and co-workers
- Increasing value for customers through high quality, low costs, very short implementation time, LEAN culture
- Managing the ethics and compliance areas
- Communication and dialog with customers
- Developing offered services and acting as an advisor to customers
- Innovativeness and developing IT technology
- Ensuring appropriate employees with regard to the Company's present and future needs
- Criteria and principles for cooperation with suppliers and business partners
- Fleet management, including criteria related to the fleet and fuel efficiency
- Reducing the emission of greenhouse gas.
All of the aforementioned the topics are discussed in the report. The ways of managing each of them are presented, as well as their assessment.