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Materiality

We asked – what matters most?  

In 2021, Biffa carried out a materiality assessment with the dual aims of identifying material sources of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risk and opportunity and informing our sustainability reporting processes. We asked our key stakeholders to rate the ‘ESG topics’ that matter most to them. These topics were informed by internationally accepted reporting frameworks set out by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), sector trends, and investor perceptions.  
 
A list of the most material issues for Biffa, identified via this process is summarised below:  
Recycling
Health and safety
Plastics
GHG from operations
Modern slavery
Energy from waste
Fair employment and wellbeing
Consumer behaviour
Food waste
 
Outputs of the internal and external consultation process are displayed below on a matrix. The y-axis is made up the final stakeholder scoring of importance, with internal scoring making up the x-axis values.  

In 2021, Biffa carried out a materiality assessment with the dual aims of identifying material sources of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risk and opportunity and informing our sustainability reporting processes. We asked our key stakeholders to rate the ‘ESG topics’ that matter most to them. These topics were informed by internationally accepted reporting frameworks set out by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), sector trends, and investor perceptions.  
 
A list of the most material issues for Biffa, identified via this process is summarised below:  
Recycling
Health and safety
Plastics
GHG from operations
Modern slavery
Energy from waste
Fair employment and wellbeing
Consumer behaviour
Food waste
 
Outputs of the internal and external consultation process are displayed below on a matrix. The y-axis is made up the final stakeholder scoring of importance, with internal scoring making up the x-axis values.  

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Importance to key stakeholders

Importance to Biffa

The topics of highest strategic importance to Biffa, in terms of meeting the expectations of our key stakeholders, are related to the circular economy and waste disposal. Investment in these areas is both core to Biffa’s commercial offering and central to our sustainability strategy.
We’ve summarised what each of our core stakeholder groups key interests were in the ‘what matters to them’ section above, along with some other key topics raised in the year.
 
Issues identified as most material will be prioritised within Biffa’s sustainability activities and reporting, enabling us to address our ESG risks, capture opportunities, and increase our overall resilience as a business.  

The topics of highest strategic importance to Biffa, in terms of meeting the expectations of our key stakeholders, are related to the circular economy and waste disposal. Investment in these areas is both core to Biffa’s commercial offering and central to our sustainability strategy.
We’ve summarised what each of our core stakeholder groups key interests were in the ‘what matters to them’ section above, along with some other key topics raised in the year.
 
Issues identified as most material will be prioritised within Biffa’s sustainability activities and reporting, enabling us to address our ESG risks, capture opportunities, and increase our overall resilience as a business.