Steps to follow for Sustainability Assessment

1. Impact Drivers - what the company does that might affect the World?

These are the activities or actions that a company undertakes which can have a potential impact on the environment, society, or economy. Examples include production processes, waste disposal, and energy consumption.

Identify Impact Drivers

2. Dependencies on Ecosystem Services - what natural resources or services the company relies on?

This refers to the reliance of a company on natural ecosystems for its operations. For instance, a company might depend on clean water from a nearby river for its production processes or rely on pollinators for agricultural activities.

Determine dependencies on Ecosystem Services

3. Based on the above two, identify potential Risks and Opportunities.

Based on the Impact Drivers and Dependencies, a company can face various risks and opportunities. Risks might include regulatory penalties for environmental damage or reputational risks due to negative social impacts. Opportunities could include cost savings from sustainable practices or new market opportunities from eco-friendly products.

Assess Risks & Opportunities

4. Evaluate the Significance / Materiality of these Risks and Opportunities

This is a process where a company assesses both the impact of its activities on external factors (like the environment or society) and the impact of external factors on the company. It's a two-way assessment that considers how the company affects the world and how the world affects the company.

Double Materiality Assessment

5. Reporting under the relevant Sustainability Topics as per CSRD/ESRS guidelines

From insights gained in previous steps, craft a roadmap detailing impacts, risks, and opportunities to steer towards net-zero operations. Reporting sustainability boosts corporate reputation and trust. Furthermore, it provides early risk identification which can shape strategic choices, possibly boosting long-term financial results. This approach can also draw investors, inspire innovation, and guarantee lasting business sustainability.

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