Materiality analysis

We defined the responsibility priorities most material to our strategy and operations for the first time in 2011. In 2014, we implemented the GRI G4 reporting guidelines and conducted a more comprehensive materiality analysis. The responsibility priorities and their most material aspects were then updated, based on the results of the materiality assessments.  

The key corporate responsibility aspects of Sponda’s value chain were identified and analysed based on industry and background analyses, key stakeholder perspectives and an assessment of business impacts. The priorities are closely linked to Sponda’s strategy.

The external stakeholders indicated that the most important themes related to responsibility are the professional competence of Sponda’s personnel, the energy efficiency of properties, customer health and safety, the comfort of indoor environments, providing a working environment that supports the customer’s operations, and ethical business principles.

Sponda’s Executive Board approved the responsibility priorities and their material aspects.

The material corporate responsibility aspects corresponding with Sponda’s responsibility priorities are shown both in the table below and in the GRI index.

Stages of the materiality analysis

  1. Identifying the material aspects of Sponda’s corporate responsibility in the value chain.
  2. Prioritising the material aspects in co-operation with significant stakeholders.
  3. Impacts of the material aspects on Sponda’s operations.

Materiality analysis: Sponda’s responsibility priorities 2016

Energy and environmental efficiency Property location Enhancing the customer experience Investing in employees Taking the industry forward
  • The energy efficiency of properties
  • Carbon footprint and renewable energy
  • Supporting customers and increasing environmental awareness among employees
  • Environmental efficiency of own operations
  • Environmental certification of properties
  • The sorting and recovery of property waste
  • Water consumption at properties
  • Taking environmental aspects into account in making decisions on property investments
  • Focusing on properties located in cities, accessible by public transportation
  • Concentrating on prime areas
  • Investments in property assets
  • Working environments and property services that support the customer’s operations
  • Comfort of indoor environment
  • Customer safety and health
  • Supporting the customer’s responsibility goals
  • Improving professional expertise of employees
  • Wellbeing of employees
  • Safety of personnel
  • Equal and non-discriminatory treatment of employees
  • Active participation in development work in real estate and construction industry organisations
  • Sharing expertise and professional competencies
  • Own research and development work

Transparent and ethical operations

Economic value generated for stakeholders
Transparent communications and reporting
Business principles
Purchasing management and responsible purchasing
Good governance and risk management