We are one of the first companies to adapt to the new guidelines
Acknowledging the need for differentiation with a new generation of guidelines, the G4 reporting guidelines were developed and released in 2013. The G4 reporting guidelines shift the focus to what matters in an organization (materiality) and where it matters. Companies are encouraged to identify aspects upon which they have most influence, also considering the influence of relevant stakeholders in the decision-making processes. The guidelines also make an explicit distinction between social, environmental, and ecological impacts of a company's operations, and determine whether impacts appear within and/or outside the organization.
Wolters Kluwer, as one of the first companies worldwide, has adopted the new framework from the initial year of its release and reported in its 2013 Sustainability Report. The materiality index in the Sustainability Report takes into account input from our broad range of stakeholders reflecting our current understanding of the relevant topics, and the level of interest of our stakeholders. The results are based on the variety of contacts we had with the internal and external stakeholders from which we derived their most important sustainability themes, where we identified following topics as most relevant: Customer data protection, Access to information, Paper use, Energy and emissions operations and Diversity and equal opportunities. The G4 reporting guidelines embrace a more stringent approach concerning the transparency of communicating the reporting level. In the 2013 Sustainability Report, we reported in accordance with the ' Core' guidelines.