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For our materiality analysis in fall 2015, we compiled information on sustainability issues of potential relevance for Evonik. That involved evaluating many public and private sources. Building on previous materiality analyses, these included completed and ongoing legislative processes of national and international relevance for sustainability, publications issued by companies, associations and consultancies, conferences, books and journals, and personal discussions with internal and external stakeholders.
Representatives of all stakeholder groups of relevance for Evonik were surveyed. Alongside our employees, these included customers, suppliers, local residents, representatives of universities and research institutes, analysts and investors, representatives of industry associations, political parties, non-governmental organizations and the media. The stakeholders were selected by Evonik experts, who have close and regular contact to specific stakeholder groups.1 Evonik employees could take part in the survey in the intranet. In a second step, we included selected sustainability experts from the Evonik Group, representatives of relevant corporate functions and representatives of the workforce.
The sustainability issues and aspects identified were assessed for their relevance for Evonik. On the basis of this assessment, we defined 18 sustainability Topics.
The eighteen sustainability aspects identified were then grouped in six areas of action: strategy and growth, sustainable products and solutions, governance/ compliance, employer excellence, safety and environment. We also analyzed the areas of the value chain where these material areas of action are of particular importance.
The results of the materiality analysis were presented to the relevant decision-making bodies and to Evonik’s Executive Board. In the mid term, we aim to sharpen our sustainability strategy further, anchor it even more firmly in the company, and enhance the transparency of our sustainability performance.