How we engage with our stakeholders
Downstream stakeholders – comprises the paying customer and end-users of Downer’s products and services.
Stakeholders prioritised the issues based on their importance and significance of impact for Downer. An overall issue ranking greater than 8.20 (sum of the average internal and the average external rankings) was taken as the materiality threshold for Downer. This provided a list of the top 11 issues which Downer deems to be its material issues. The remaining seven issues, which remain important to Downer and will continue to be managed, are referred to as other issues.
In FY20, the material issues were examined to ensure their continued relevance and importance, and to consider the impacts of COVID-19 to determine whether this has affected their prioritisation. The outcome of this exercise was that, despite the disruption caused by COVID-19, the material issues and their prioritisation remained unchanged.
The materiality assessment provided key sustainability insights for Downer’s strategy and frames the content for this year’s Sustainability Report. The materiality results are shown in the matrix below and further explained in order of priority.
The results were positive, with strong alignment between internal and external stakeholder views, as shown in the spider diagram.
This materiality assessment identified a prioritised list of 11 material issues. It also identified the top seven Sustainable Development Goals that Downer contributes to. The context behind each material issue is as follows:
The material issues identified above are addressed within the relevant sections of this Sustainability Report, except for financial performance, operational performance and business resilience. Instead, these are referenced within the context of the Sustainability Report but addressed in more detail in Downer’s Annual Report.
The other issues, in order of priority are:
Changes from previous years
There are no material changes in the list of material topics and topic boundaries from previous years. However, restatements were made to FY18 and FY19 Scope 1 emissions and energy consumption within the Environment section. This is in response to the inclusion of subcontractor emissions for New Zealand for FY18 and a material adjustment to previously disclosed subcontractor emissions for FY19, as a result of a change in methodology.