Sustainability Report 2020

About us

3.2 3.0 3.4 3.6 3.8 4.0 4.2 4.4 4.6 4.8 5.0 3.2 Importance to us Importance to our stakeholders 3.4 3.6 3.8 4.0 4.2 4.4 4.6 5.0 4.8 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 4 5 2 3 4 5 6 7 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 2 3 5 6 4 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  • 1. Sustainable procurement
  • 2. Human rights
  • 3. Data protection
  • 4. Product/
    service promotion
  • 5. Responsible product/service
  • 6. Customer relationships
  • 7. Network safety
  • 1. Employee safety
  • 2. Employee health and wellbeing
  • 3. Employee training and development
  • 4. Employee recognition
  • 5. Employee communications
  • 6. Flexible working
  • 1. Pollution prevention
  • 2. Waste
  • 3. Carbon emissions
  • 4. Climate change adaptation
  • 5. Energy
  • 6. Transport
  • 7. Water
  • 8. Biodiversity
  • 1. Corporate Social Responsibility/
    Sustainability governance
  • 2. Public policy
  • 3. Regulatory compliance
  • 4. Stakeholder engagement
  • 5. Anti-bribery
  • 6. Economic sustainability
  • 7. Risk management
  • 8. Diversity and inclusion
  • 9. Organisational change management
  • 1. Community engagement
  • 2. Corporate giving
  • 3. Employee volunteering
  • 4. Promoting STEM
  • 5. Environment in community
  • 1. Sustainable procurement
  • 2. Human rights
  • 3. Data protection
  • 4. Product/
    service promotion
  • 5. Responsible product/service
  • 6. Customer relationships
  • 7. Network safety
  • 1. Employee safety
  • 2. Employee health and wellbeing
  • 3. Employee training and development
  • 4. Employee recognition
  • 5. Employee communications
  • 6. Flexible working
  • 1. Pollution prevention
  • 2. Waste
  • 3. Carbon emissions
  • 4. Climate change adaptation
  • 5. Energy
  • 6. Transport
  • 7. Water
  • 8. Biodiversity
  • 1. Corporate Social Responsibility/
    Sustainability governance
  • 2. Public policy
  • 3. Regulatory compliance
  • 4. Stakeholder engagement
  • 5. Anti-bribery
  • 6. Economic sustainability
  • 7. Risk management
  • 8. Diversity and inclusion
  • 9. Organisational change management
  • 1. Community engagement
  • 2. Corporate giving
  • 3. Employee volunteering
  • 4. Promoting STEM
  • 5. Environment in community

We have conducted a Materiality Assessment to assist in the development of our Sustainability Strategy. Materiality helps identify and prioritise the sustainability issues that matter most to our business and stakeholders.

Our materiality analysis largely confirmed results from previous years, with our stakeholders rating sustainability topics such as climate change and biodiversity higher than in our previous assessment.

Sustainability context

The context in which we operate as a national semi-state utility was considered when determining the list of relevant topics. We used the ISO26000 Business Working Responsibly Mark standard as the framework for considering material areas, including topics under workplace, marketplace, governance, community and environment.

Materiality completeness

The report considers all significant impacts across our value chain and ensures that all data included incorporates our most material topics.

Stakeholder inclusiveness was ensured by considering feedback from our stakeholder engagement matrix. Over 30 external stakeholders and 230 employees responded to our materiality survey. The external stakeholder list was created in conjunction with our stakeholder manager and approved by our Sustainability Steering Committee.

GRI 102 – 48 Restatement of information.

No restatement of the 2019 report was made.

GRI 102 – 49 Changes in reporting.

There are no significant changes in the list of material topics and topic boundaries compared to previous reporting periods.

GRI 102 – 50 Reporting period.

The reporting period covered in this report is January 2020 to December 2020.

GRI 102 – 51 Date of most recent report.

Our most recent sustainability report covered the 2019 period. This report covers our 2020 performance.

GRI 102 – 52 Reporting cycle.

Our sustainability report is published annually.

GRI 102 – 53 Contact point.

Any queries related to this report can be sent to Anne Moore, Sustainability Manager, sustainability@gasnetworks.ie.

GRI 102 – 54 GRI reporting.

This report has been prepared in accordance with GRI Standards: Core option.

GRI 102 – 55 Content Index.

Please see appendix.

GRI 102 – 56 External assurance.

Our 2020 Sustainability Report has not been externally assured.

GRI 102 – 3.

Our headquarters are based in Gasworks Road, Cork, T12 RX96.