Materiality Assessment and Future Trends Review

A good materiality assessment looks into the future to consider the impacts of emerging issues on your company.

Materiality assessment chart

Anthesis can build interactive dashboards to help stakeholders and colleagues engage with your materiality assessment. The dashboards allows clients to filter results by region, business unit, stakeholder group, topic type, or any other number of factors.

Materiality assessments should inform more than your sustainability report. Done well, materiality can be an important input to the strategy-setting process. It can help clarify and prioritise key stakeholder groups and provide insights on how the sustainability agenda supports a business and its strategy.

We have carried out materiality assessments for over 40 organisations worldwide, from some of the world’s largest corporations to companies taking their first steps in sustainability. Our approach has four key features:

  • Tailored to your needs – we develop an evidence base, method and engagement process tailored to your needs and the decisions you want to inform.
  • Balancing opinions with evidence – we find ways to bring a measure of objectivity – whether that is through footprinting data, risk assessment results or other evidence-based research – to your materiality assessment.
  • Using the power of data visualisation – We use interactive dashboards to enable easy and effective analysis of materiality survey outcomes with our clients.
  • Aligning with existing processes – we collaborate with your enterprise risk and strategic planning teams to align with their processes and identify opportunities

A five-year strategy, while developed today, must continue to feel relevant as the world changes around it. For this reason, we find that a future trends analysis can help companies understand where they need to be and set strategy that gets there. This future-looking view can be considered as part of the materiality assessment, or developed separately – either way, it is an important facet for a strategy that will stand the test of time.

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The challenge with this type of project [materiality assessment] is to find the right partner that instinctively understands what is needed, and can deliver efficiently against the project brief. Anthesis’ way of working and communicating enabled us to execute the project on time, on budget, and to an excellent standard.

Julian Lings
Sustainability Manager
The North Face

Anthesis has acted as an extension of our internal team – effectively guiding us throughout our sustainability journey, taking into account our unique business drivers, company culture, goals and objectives. Their expertise and partnership have been instrumental to our ongoing progress                                        

Former Director of Corporate Services
Alliance Data

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