G4-18 ▾

Southwire continues to use our materiality assessment, conducted in 2014, to guide our focus on the sustainability topics most significant to our business. The assessment followed Global Reporting Initiative guidelines:

  1. Identification. Industry research and a benchmarking analysis of competitors, customers, suppliers and aspirational peers identified relevant topics.
  2. Prioritization.
    1. We interviewed knowledgeable internal and external stakeholders, such as senior Southwire leadership, the sustainability committee of Southwire’s board of directors, customers, regulators, industry specialists and community members. In all, 23 stakeholders participated in interviews.
    2. We also launched two versions of a prioritization survey—one for employees and the other for external stakeholders. We sent 207 internal requests and 137 external requests, receiving completed surveys from 69 percent and 45 percent of stakeholders, respectively. Input came from the following groups:

      Materiality Respondents

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      These interviews and surveys asked stakeholders about 22 significant topics. After synthesizing our findings, we determined 14 to be material for Southwire.
    3. Validation. Southwire’s senior leadership team and board Sustainability Committee reviewed the materiality assessment findings. After discussion of the process and results, the group confirmed the material topics.

    Two of the material topics—Sustainable Supply Chain and Supplier Relations—related to our supply chain. Through the process of developing our first report addressing these topics, we decided that both were most effectively managed and reported on as “Sustainable Supply Chain.”

    Since 2014, our sustainability reports have communicated our management and progress on these 13 material topics. We will continue to monitor and report on these topics until we conduct our next materiality assessment, likely in 2017–2018.

G4-19, G4-20, G4-21 ▾

We organized our sustainability topics in alignment with the five tenets of our corporate sustainability vision. The 13 material topics are shown at the top right of the matrix. Please see the Materiality Matrix below for the boundary associated with each topic.

Growing Green
  1. Energy Usage
  2. Waste
  3. Water Quality
  4. Environmental Remediation
  5. Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)
  6. Water Usage
  7. Emissions
  8. Global Climate Change
Living Well
  1. Workplace Safety & Health
  2. Employee Wellness
  3. Employee Engagement
  4. Talent Acquisition & Development
  5. Inclusion
Giving Back
  1. Communities
  2. Charitable Partnerships & Donations
  3. Employee Volunteerism
Doing Right
  1. Ethics & Transparency
Building Worth
  1. Technology & Innovation
  2. Product Responsibility
  3. Sustainable Supply Chain
  4. Industry Partnerships
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Building Worth
  1. Technology & Innovation
    Investing resources in sustainable product innovation.
    Boundary: Inside – Southwire; Outside – Customers
  2. Product Responsibility
    Prioritizing sustainable attributes in products and packaging; minimizing or eliminating the use of materials with negative health impacts and maximizing reuse of materials at end of life.
    Boundary: Inside – Southwire; Outside – Customers; Contractors
  3. Sustainable Supply Chain
    Sustainable sourcing and the procurement of sustainable materials for Southwire’s products and processes; includes communicating Southwire’s sustainability goals with suppliers and setting clear expectations on sustainability performance through assessments and policies.
    Boundary: Inside – Southwire; Outside – Suppliers (North America, South America and Asia)
  4. Industry Partnerships
    Partnering to improve access and sustainability of products and services in the industry.
    Boundary: Inside – Southwire; Outside – Industry Organizations (United States); Customers
Growing Green
  1. Energy Usage
    Reducing energy intensity and increasing use of alternative and renewable sources.
    Boundary: Inside – Southwire; Outside – Customers; Suppliers (North America, South America and Asia)
  2. Waste
    Reducing the amount of waste to landfill and increasing responsible waste management.
    Boundary: Inside – Southwire; Outside – Customers; Contractors
  3. Water Quality
    Reducing the release of chemical and physical contaminants into bodies of water such as rivers, streams and lakes.
  4. Environmental Remediation
    Transparency and responsibility with regards to environmental remediation and maintaining remediated sites.
  5. Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)
    Assessing the environmental impact of products while providing buyers/customers with an effective framework for making direct product comparisons.
  6. Water Usage
    Reducing the total water withdrawn and being responsible about the impact on water sources. Using recycled and lower quality water whenever possible.
  7. Emissions
    Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fine particulate matter released into the air and toxic air emissions. Includes emissions as a result of transportation (of product and workforce).
  8. Global Climate Change
    Being an active and constructive participant on this issue, including effective pricing signals to accelerate energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy deployment, and cross-economy GHG emission reductions.
Living Well
  1. Workplace Safety & Health
    Providing a safe working environment for our employees and contractors through the elimination of hazards and the implementation of safety training, procedures and equipment.
    Boundary: Inside – Southwire; Outside – Southwire Contractors
  2. Employee Wellness
    Making resources available to promote the health and well-being of employees.
    Boundary: Inside – Southwire
  3. Employee Engagement
    Promoting a positive and unified culture by encouraging open communication, collaboration and employee ownership of initiatives and social programs.
    Boundary: Inside – Southwire
  4. Talent Acquisition & Development
    Attracting talent through Southwire’s website, sustainability program, competitive benefits and general outreach; providing employees with opportunities to advance their skills, experience and career through training, personal development programs and plans, coaching and more.
    Boundary: Inside – Southwire; Outside – Educational Institutions where Southwire has recruiting efforts
  5. Inclusion
    Creating an environment among Southwire’s board and employee population where individuals from diverse backgrounds (ethnic, cultural, generational, economic, etc.) feel included and comfortable expressing varied thoughts and perspectives.
    Boundary: Inside – Southwire; Outside – Suppliers (United States); Educational Institutions where Southwire has diversity initiatives
Giving Back
  1. Communities
    Providing meaningful dialogue and engagement, employment and prosperity in the communities in which Southwire operates.
    Boundary: Inside – Southwire; Outside – Municipalities where Southwire operates; Educational Institutions where Southwire has partnerships (Carroll County, Georgia and Lauderdale County, Alabama)
  2. Charitable Partnerships & Donations
    Leveraging Southwire’s resources and expertise to create a positive societal impact through partnerships and programs to provide education, products and services to those in need.
  3. Employee Volunteerism
    Fostering opportunities for Southwire employees to “give back” through community involvement, skills-based volunteerism and monetary giving/match programs, while providing a structure for measuring the ROI of these efforts.
Doing Right
  1. Ethics & Transparency
    Ensuring education and policies are in place to promote ethical behavior, as well as the means to safely and anonymously report transgressions; reporting company performance accurately, including challenges and opportunities for improvement.
    Boundary: Inside – Southwire; Outside – General Public
G4-27 ▾

During Southwire’s materiality assessment interviews, our stakeholders shared comments, feedback and insights about our business. The list below identifies the key topics and concerns raised by stakeholders, along with links to the report pages covering our management of each topic.

Category Topic Stakeholders Raising These Topics
Environment Energy Usage Community Advisory Board, Industry Associations
Waste Southwire Leadership
GHG Emissions Industry Associations
Water Management Community Advisory Board, Industry Associations
Social Employee Wellness Southwire Leadership
Sustainable Supply Chain Customers, Industry Associations, Southwire Leadership
Communities Community Advisory Board, Industry Associations
Business
Practices
Industry Partnerships Customers
Technology & Innovation Southwire Leadership
Ethics & Transparency All Stakeholders
Metrics All Stakeholders

Following the materiality assessment, Southwire refined our Sustainability Scorecard goals and metrics with this feedback to help manage our material topics. We committed to developing this GRI G4 Core option report to annually share our progress in these important areas.