Methodology

In 2017, we evolved our materiality analysis to align with best practices and be in accordance with the updated GRI Standards, including the GRI Principles for Defining Report Content. We ensured that the update was also in line with our five-year materiality analysis engagement plan, which we created in 2015. Our materiality analysis includes a desktop analysis and stakeholder interviews.4 Stakeholders that participated in our materiality analysis interviews included the Board of Directors, employees and community members.

A look at who we have asked, and who we will be asking, to participate in our materiality analysis interviews is shown below:

Below is the breakdown of our 2017 Desktop Analysis:

The table below provides a description of our Materiality Analysis methodology:

As we strive for continuous improvement, we recognize the importance of staying abreast of best practices and evolving our processes accordingly. In 2017, we reviewed and updated our materiality analysis process. These updates helped advance us along our continuous improvement journey and are in line with updated standards and best practices, including the GRI Standards. To retain the knowledge gained from previous years, we incorporated the results from our 2014-2016 materiality analyses into our desktop research. This research helped inform our preliminary list of material topics. From here, we revised our 2017 stakeholder interview questionnaires. We used the 2017 interviews to inform us about where the material topics were placed on our materiality matrix. Moving forward we will continue to enhance our materiality analysis process, an action in line with our multi-year materiality engagement plan.