We are currently completing the assurance engagement which supports validation of our key performance indicators during calendar year 2015 and will post our assurance statement when complete.
External assurance of sustainability performance indicators and other criteria is important to The
As we continue to align our key performance indicators (KPIs) with our 2020 Sustainability Commitments, our aim is to apply rigor and independent review to all our KPIs – working closely with our external assurance provider. However, unlike financial accounting standards, there are currently no industry norms or globally recognized practices for evaluating and measuring many of the performance indicators in our 2020 Sustainability Commitments. This is evolving work and we continue to explore ways to increase transparency and validation of our metrics. A new report by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Assurance: Generating Value from External Assurance of Sustainability Reporting, discusses how reporters and assurers can maximize value creation and reduce inefficiency during the assurance process.
Every year, we work to expand our list of assured KPIs. We prioritize the KPIs we review based on maturity (stage of development), timeliness (proximity to target completion) and where the metric ranks in our issue prioritization. In addition to assuring our KPIs, we conduct internal reviews throughout the year, as well as conducting assurance readiness programs that prepare our KPIs for external assurance.
The non-financial information included in the report is subject to certain uncertainties due to limitations inherent in the nature of measuring such data. For example, variances in measurements can result from the selection or measurement techniques used across the complete
This is why, as we march toward our 2020 Sustainability Commitments, the quality and completeness of our disclosures is paramount.
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