Materiality, Stakeholder Engagement, UN Global Compact and Sustainable Development Goals
Our latest materiality assessment was conducted in January 2018. It involved 280 stakeholders from diverse groups in 10 different countries where we operate. The materiality assessment helped us validate our Corporate Sustainability policies and informed us about the areas it prioritizes, following the Global Reporting Initiative Standard. We plan to conduct this process every two years, or as deemed necessary.
We recognize the importance of engagement with our stakeholders for a better understanding of their concerns, helping us deliver an effective and valuable Corporate Sustainability strategy. Our latest materiality assessment provided a formal engagement process to identify the most material issues from both internal and external stakeholders. This process also helped us to leverage dialogue with our stakeholders, identify their main concerns, and establish how we may respond to address those issues in the short, medium and long term, regarding the impact and influence of our business operations.
Prior to this process, Kelly had responded to stakeholders through a variety of initiatives and activities directed toward our customers, suppliers and communities where our offices are located. However, the materiality assessment allowed them to participate in a two-way engagement process where feedback on our relationship and influence on material issues was provided. This is a valuable process that we expect to conduct at least every two years.
UN Global Compact Commitment
Kelly recognizes the importance of actively working towards the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our Corporate Sustainability policy is based on six pillars that are aligned with these Sustainable Development Goals. This policy sets out guidelines and strategies to ensure universal principles of Human Rights, labor, environment and governance in order to advance societal goals.
We are signatories, since February 2019, to the UN Global Compact and expect to report our progress based on its ten principles.