Global Reporting Initiative

Global Reporting Initiative

Volvo Car Corporation (Volvo Cars) has been reporting on environmental, health and safety aspects of its products and production since the year 2000.  In 2003, we produced our first Sustainability Report in line with the International reporting guidelines from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).  By applying and living up to GRI's International gudeilines for sustainability reporting, we aim to ensure transparent reporting based on content which is relevant to our stakeholders.  While this results in a somewhat lenghty GRI Report, supplementing the printed Corporate Report with Sustainability, we believe this level of detail allows our stakeholders to more fully understand and evaluate our sustainability goals and progress.

Download Volvo Cars 2011 GRI Report

 

 = indicates full coverage as per definitions in the GRI guidelines

 = indicates partial coverage as per definitions in the GRI guidelines

PROFILE

1. Strategy & Analysis

Indicator Description Coverage

1.1 

Statement from the most senior-decision maker of the organisation.

1.2 

Descriptions of key impacts, risks and opportunities.

2. Organisational profile 

Indicator Description Coverage

2.1 

Name of the organisation.

2.2 

Primary brands, products and/or services.

2.3 

Operational structure of the organisation.

2.4 

Location of organisation’s headquarters.

2.5 

Number of countries where the organisation operates.

2.6 

Nature of ownership and legal form.

2.7 

Markets served.

2.8 

Scale of the reporting organisation.

2.9 

Significant changes during the reporting period.

2.10 

Awards received in the reporting period.

3. Report Parameters 

Indicator Description Coverage

3.1 

Reporting period.

3.2 

Date of most recent previous report.

3.3 

Reporting cycle.

3.4 

Contact for questions regarding the report or its contents.

3.5 

Process for defining report content.

3.6 

Boundary of the report.

3.8 

Basis for reporting on joint ventures, subsidiaries, leased facilities, outsourced operations, and other entities.

3.9 

Data measurement techniques and the bases of calculations.

3.10 

Explanation of the effect of any re-statements of information provided in earlier reports.

3.11 

Significant changes from previous reporting periods.

3.13 

Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report.

4. Governance, Commitments, and Engagement 

Indicator Description Coverage

4.1 

Governance structure of the organisation.

4.2 

Indicate whether the Chair of the highest governance body is also an executive officer.

4.3 

Number of members of the highest governance body that are independent and/or non-executive members.

4.4 

Mechanisms by which shareholders and employees may make recommendations or suggest direction to the highest governance body.

4.5 

Linkage between compensation for members of the highest governance body, senior managers, and executives, and the organisation’s performance.

4.6 

Processes in place for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided.

4.7 

Process for determining the qualifications and expertise of the members of the highest governance body for guiding the organisation’s strategy on economic, environmental, and social topics.

4.8 

Internally developed statements of mission or values, codes of conduct, and principles relevant to economic, environmental, and social performance.

4.9 

Procedures of the highest governance body for overseeing the organisation’s identification and management of economic, environmental, and social performance.

4.10 

Processes for evaluating the highest governance body’s own performance, particularly with respect to economic, environmental, and social performance.

4.11 

Explanation of whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organisation.

4.12 

Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organisation subscribes or endorses.

4.13 

Memberships in associations.

4.14 

List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organisation.

4.15 

Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage.

4.16 

Approaches to stakeholder engagement.

4.17 

Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organisation has responded to those key topics and concerns.

MANAGEMENT APPROACH

Indicator Description Coverage

General sustainability and economics

Management Approach with reference to economic performance, market presence and indirect economic impacts.

Environmental

Management Approach with reference to materials, energy, water, biodiversity, emissions, effluents and waste, products and services, and compliance.

Labour practices and decent working conditions

Management Approach with reference to employment, labour/management relations, occupational health and safety, training and education, and diversity and equal opportunity.

Human rights

Management Approach with reference to investment and procurement practices, nondiscrimination, freedom of association and collective bargaining, abolition of child labour, prevention of forced and compulsory labour, complaints and grievance practices, security practices and indigenous rights.

Society

Management Approach with reference to community, corruption, public policy, anti-competitive behaviour and compliance.

Product responsibility

Management Approach with reference to customer health and safety, product and service labelling, marketing communications, customer privacy and compliance.

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Economic

Category Indicator Description Coverage

Economic Performance

EC1

Direct economic value generated and distributed.

EC2

Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organisation’s activities due to climate change.

Environment

Category Indicator Description Coverage

Materials

EN1

Materials used by weight or volume.

EN2

Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials.

Energy

EN3

Direct energy consumption by primary energy source.

EN4

Indirect energy consumption by primary source.

Water

EN8

Total water withdrawal by source.

Biodiversity

EN11

Location and size of land owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas.

Emissions, effluents, and waste

EN16

Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight.

EN19

Emissions of ozone-depleting substances by weight

EN20

NOx, SOx, and other significant air emissions by type and weight.

EN22

Total weight of waste by type and disposal method.

EN23

Total number and volume of significant spills.

Products and Services

EN26

Initiatives to mitigate environmental impact of products and services.

EN27

Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category.

Monetary Fines

EN28

Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

Labour Practices and Decent Work

Category Indicator Description Coverage

Employment

LA1

Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region.

LA2

Total number and rate of employee turnover by age group, gender, and region.

Occupational health and safety

LA7

Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and total number of work-related fatalities by region.

LA8

Education, training, counselling, prevention, and risk-control programmes in place to assist workforce members, their families, or community members regarding serious diseases.

Training

LA10

Average hours of training per year per employee by employee category.

Diversity and equal opportunity

LA13

Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per category according to gender and age group.

LA14

Ratio of basic salary of men to women by employee category.

Human Rights

Category Indicator Description Coverage

Human Rights

HR2

Percentage of significant suppliers and contractors that have undergone screening on human rights and actions taken.

HR3

Total hours of employee training on policies and procedures concerning aspects of human rights.

HR4

Total number of incidents of discrimination and actions taken.

Society

Category Indicator Description Coverage

Anti-corruption

SO3

Percentage of employees trained in organisation’s anti-corruption policies and procedures.

SO4

Actions taken in response to incidents of corruption.

SO5

Public policy positions and participation in public policy development and lobbying.

SO7

Total number of legal actions for anti-competitive behaviour, anti-trust, and monopoly practices and their outcomes.

SO8

Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations.

Product Responsibility

Category Indicator Description Coverage

Customer health and safety

PR1

Life cycle stages in which health and safety impacts of products and services are assessed for improvement.

Product and service labeling

PR5

Practices related to customer satisfaction, including results of surveys measuring customer satisfaction.

PR6

Programs for adherence to laws, standards, and voluntary codes related to marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship.

PR7

Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship, by type of outcomes.