Disclosure 102-42: Identifying and selecting stakeholders

In the reporting year, Sika did not review the stakeholder groups identified in the sustainability strategy development process 2013. The company had reviewed the material aspects and topics to detect any changes of priority or needs for re-evaluation in 2015.

The stakeholders were selected and prioritized / categorized according to the potential impact of Sika on the stakeholder and the stakeholder’s ability to impact Sika. The results were verified in 2015 with different entities within Sika (Board of Directors, Management etc.) and found to be still valid. In the same year, the most relevant stakeholder groups were consulted for their contribution to the materiality process.  

Disclosure 102-43: Approach to stakeholder engagement

Sika entities regularly engage with their relevant stakeholders on local and national level, though not in a formalized manner. The first steps to develop and test respective guidelines in pilot projects were taken in 2014/2015. In 2016, the results were reviewed and confirmed by an online survey. Combined with the framework of the reviewed ISO 14001:2015, a guidance document for stakeholder engagement of local companies was developed in 2015. The framework will be gradually implemented with the renewal of the local ISO certificates over the next few years.

As part of the sustainability strategy development process in 2013 and the materiality analysis review in 2015, Sika specifically engaged with selected principal internal and external stakeholder groups. The following groups were approached via online survey to provide input to define the report's content: employees, customers, academia, financial analysts, Sika Management, suppliers and sponsoring partners. The results were integrated in the materiality analysis. In the year under review, Sika further intensified its existing contacts and cooperation with numerous stakeholder groups such as customers, suppliers, associations, and sponsoring partners / communities. The focus has been on important topics such as occupational health & safety, customer health & safety, sustainable solutions, and energy, water and waste.