NOTE ON METHODS
Scope and criteria
[G4 -17b] The Sustainability Report has the same consolidation scope as the Consolidated Financial Statements, except for some information highlighted in the text or related to the environmental performance1.
In accordance with the triple bottom line2 pproach, the company’s economic and financial data has to be shown together with the environmental and social results. The overall analysis of company performance including all three dimensions provides stakeholders with complete and comprehensive information and allows interests to be balanced in a way that guarantees the success and survival of the company in the medium and long term. For this reason, as of 2003, the Group has integrated the sustainability data in the Consolidated Financial Statements, in fact preceding the application of European Directive 51/2003, which was transposed in Italy by Legislative Decree No. 32 of February 2, 20007.
[G4-28], [G4-30] The Sustainability Report3, which is drawn up for every calendar year, complies with the same deadlines as the Group’s Annual Financial Report and uses a multi-stakeholder approach, involving the joint analysis of actions taken in respect of the main stakeholders with whom the Company interacts. It is based on the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines of the GRI, G4 version (comprehensive option) and the principles (inclusivity, materiality, responsiveness) of the AA10000 AccountAbility Principles Standard (APS 2008), adopted as of the 2009 Financial Statements.
The Sustainability Report is drawn up according to a system of indicators (KPI - Key Performance Indicators) which measure the company’s performance and the degree of achievement of objectives previously established for areas in which the Company has major impact.
The KPIs are defined on the basis of:
- the analysis of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an international organisation which develops universally applicable guidelines for drawing up sustainability reports;
- the demands received from stakeholders;
- the questionnaires sent out by the leading rating agencies for the purpose of admission to the stock market sustainability indexes;
- the experience the Company has gained in the field of sustainability in almost 20 years.
The KPIs are managed on a dedicated application system that uses the same platform used for financial reporting and controlling.
The Telecom Italia Sustainability Report’s compliance with the GRI G4 standard, comprehensive option, is verified by the auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (see Independent Auditor’s Report).
1 Environmental performance includes information relating to companies that fulfil the following two criteria: more than 300,000 euros in turnover and more than 40 employees. Furthermore, if the number of employees is within 5 units of the latter limit, above or below, in order to mitigate the effects of variations in the number of employees between one year and the next which, however small, would lead to the inclusion or exclusion of some companies from the consolidation scope, the CSV Function will make the appropriate decision. On this basis, Telecom Italia San Marino and Telecom Italia Trust Technologies S.r.l. have been kept in the consolidation scope, despite having slightly fewer than 40 employees.
2 This approach was defined for the first time by John Elkington in 1994 in the article “Towards the sustainable corporation: Win-win-win business strategies for sustainable development”. California Management Review 36, no. 2: 2: 90-1000.
3 [G4-29]The Group sustainability report for 2014 was approved by the Board of Directors in March 2015.