Materiality Assessment

Mainstreaming sustainability in business strategy

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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 plays a critical role in risk mitigation and provides an effective and rigorous methodology to identify and assess the potential impacts of emerging issues on your business.

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:

  1. Tailored to your needs – we develop an evidence base, method and engagement process tailored to your needs and the decisions you want to inform.
  2. 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.
  3. Using the power of data visualisation – We use interactive dashboards to enable easy and effective analysis of materiality survey outcomes with our clients.
  4. Aligning with existing processes – we collaborate with your enterprise risk and strategic planning teams to align with their processes and identify opportunities

There is no single prescribed approach to materiality assessment. Some companies devote significant resources engaging hundreds of stakeholders and commissioning new research. Others simply review existing research in a deskbased assessment. Our process balances the expectations of stakeholders with your organisation’s priorities.


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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