Based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) definition of materiality, The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) determines what information to include in its sustainability report based on a variety of methods, including third-party quantitative and qualitative research, one-on-one conversations, community meetings, tours and special events. We include progress we have made on projects, processes, or challenges that have significant economic, environmental and social impact (both positive and negative) on our company, our stakeholders and the industries that depend on lead-based products.
Several steps have helped Doe Run senior management and functional managers determine and improve materiality for our sustainability reports.
- Doe Run initially adopted the GRI framework in 2009 as a response to research that indicated audiences wanted to know more about the company, its efforts to operate safely and investments to minimize its environmental impact. Positive response from the first GRI report led Doe Run to expand the report in 2010. Doe Run added seven additional material indicators, reporting above and beyond the minimum required for Level C reporting.
- A Sustainability Governance Committee, established in 2012, is charged with implementing programs and processes to further integrate sustainability into Doe Run’s work, including the indicators and processes reported in the sustainability report. The committee chair also approves the material topics, content and indicators chosen for the reports.
- In 2012, Doe Run conducted extensive quantitative and qualitative research within the Missouri communities in which it operates to improve how it communicates with stakeholders, including through this report. The research identified the major issues facing citizens in the community to be the local economy, job opportunities, environmental responsibility and community involvement.
- In 2014, Doe Run again conducted research within the Missouri communities surrounding its operations to determine any changes to the major issues facing the communities. The research indicated that the local economy, job opportunities and environmental responsibility continue to be top concerns to community stakeholders, as well as the safety of Doe Run operations and the company’s involvement in the community. In addition, the company has received non-solicited phone calls from across the U.S. from citizens expressing concerns about the closure of the last primary lead smelter in the U.S. and its potential impact on access to lead material for security and outdoor activities.
- In addition, the Sustainability Governance Committee and Doe Run’s general managers identified the main challenges, accomplishments and progress within the company in 2014, including the business restructure and progress on environmental projects.
- Doe Run then prioritized which data indicators and content to focus on in the 2014 report:
- Environmental performance.
- Workforce data and economic impact.
- Community involvement.
- Employee health and safety.
Open communications with our internal and external stakeholders help us share achievements and challenges. It also helps Doe Run understand what actions and information our stakeholders need from us.
Our sustainability reports and our online survey are two channels for this communication. Intended stakeholder audiences include community groups and leaders; property owners; neighboring residents; current and retired employees; local, state and federal government; business groups; nearby schools; public agencies; and industry organizations.