Increasingly, Unica’s success is measured not only in terms of economic performance, but also in social performance. In combination with the environmental efforts discussed earlier, these results increasingly signify Unica’s relevance in society.
For this reason, Unica has been reporting its most important social results in its annual report for several years, guided by parts of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The definitions and measurement methods used are derived from the GRI guidelines. Information about energy consumption (building-related and transport) and waste materials is reported to Unica by suppliers. Self-generated energy is measured and reported by Unica itself. A large amount of information is also accounted for in the six-monthly ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) report issued to shareholders. Social performance reports are therefore increasingly becoming an integral part of standard periodic reporting within Unica. No external assurance was carried out on the social results, but the reported information has been assessed and endorsed by the Board of Directors. An overview of all GRI indicators can be found in the annex to this report.
The economic results of this annual report obviously include all the companies in the Unica organisation, but the social results do not yet include all acquired companies. Aligning new companies with Unica’s social reporting structure is generally carried out in phases, therefore not all components are measured directly. Even without the social and ecological effects of these Unica companies, the GRI report provides a reliable depiction of social performance. The report only relates to operating companies in which Unica is a majority shareholder, thus participating interests and joint ventures are excluded.