Global Reporting Initiative

'In accordance' status: Comprehensive

GRI G4 Disclosures and Indicators

Brambles response

STRATEGY AND ANALYSIS
G4-1 Provide a statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organisation (such as CEO, chair, or equivalent senior position) about the relevance of sustainability to the organisation and the organisation’s strategy for addressing sustainability

Sustainability Review 2015 – Introduction from the CEO

UN Global Compact Communication on Progress

G4-2 Provide a description of key impacts, risks, and opportunities

Sustainability Review 2015

Sustainability Review 2015 - supplementary information

Sustainability section of website 

ORGANISATIONAL PROFILE
G4-3 Report the name of the organisation

About Brambles

G4-4 Report the primary brands, products, and services

About Brambles

G4-5 Report the location of the organisation’s headquarters

About Brambles

G4-6 Report the number of countries where the organisation operates, and names of countries where either the organisation has significant operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability topics covered in the report

Countries of Operation

G4-7 Report the nature of ownership and legal form

About Brambles

G4-8 Report the markets served (including geographic breakdown, sectors served, and types of customers and beneficiaries)

About Brambles

G4-9 Report the scale of the organisation, including:

• Total number of employees

• Total number of operations

• Net sales (for private sector organisations) or net revenues (for public sector organisations)

• Total capitalization broken down in terms of debt and equity (for private sector organisations)

• Quantity of products or services provided

About Brambles

Annual Report 2015 and

Sustainability

 

G4-10 a. Report the total number of employees by employment contract and gender

b. Report the total number of permanent employees by employment type and gender

c. Report the total workforce by employees and supervised workers and by gender

d. Report the total workforce by region and gender

e. Report whether a substantial portion of the organisation’s work is performed by workers who are legally recognized as self-employed, or by individuals other than employees or supervised workers, including employees and supervised employees of contractors

f. Report any significant variations in employment numbers (such as seasonal variations in employment in the tourism or agricultural industries)

Sustainability Review 2015: Better Business - People

5 yr performance document download

The number of supervised workers was not material for Brambles or its businesses in FY15.

The number of workers who are self-employed, or workers other than employees or supervised workers, including employees and supervised employees of contractors, who perform a substantial amount of work for Brambles and its businesses is not material.

There were no significant variations in employment numbers due to seasonal or similar variations for Brambles or its businesses in FY15.

Sustainability Review 2015: Better Business - People (Engagement and enablement)

G4-11 Report the percentage of total employees covered by collective bargaining agreements

45.9% of our employees (as at June 2015) were based in countries where collective bargaining agreements are in place.

G4-12 Describe the organisation's supply chain: describe the main elements of the supply chain in relation to the organisation’s primary activities, products, and services.
Examples of elements that may define the structure and characteristics of an organisation’s supply chain include:

- Sequence of activities or parties that provides products and services to the organisation

- Total number of suppliers engaged by the organisation and estimated number of suppliers in the supply chain

- Location of suppliers by country or region

- Types of suppliers (such as contractors, brokers, wholesalers, licensees). See the definition of supplier for examples of suppliers

- Estimated monetary value of payments made to suppliers

- Sector-specific characteristics of the supply chain (such as labor intensive)

Sustainability Review 2015:

Better Business - Supply Chain Collaboration

Better Planet - Materials

Better Planet - Emissions

For financial information related to supply costs of service suppliers (transport, repairs and maintenance, subcontractors and raw materials), please see Annual Report 2015 Notes to and forming part of the financial statements Note 5 Operating Expenses - continuing operations, p 51 

G4-13 Report any significant changes during the reporting period regarding the organisation’s size, structure, ownership, or its supply chain, including:

• Changes in the location of, or changes in, operations, including facility openings, closings, and expansions

• Changes in the share capital structure and other capital formation, maintenance, and alteration operations (for private sector organisations)

• Changes in the location of suppliers, the structure of the supply chain, or in relationships with suppliers, including selection and termination

Sustainability Review 2015 - supplementary information

Commitments to External Initiatives 
G4-14 Report whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organisation

In FY15, economic, environmental and social risks were added to the assessment of material business risks by Brambles' risk control committees (RCCs), in line with the updated ASX Corporate Governance Guidelines. The Precautionary Principle has been included in guidance provided to  RCCs on their evaluation of environmental risks (see Sustainability Review 2015 - supplementary information). Further information on Brambles risk management can be found in the Corporate Governance Statement 2015, pp 8-9. 

G4-15 List externally developed economic, environmental and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organisation subscribes or which it endorses

Risk Management in Corporate Governance section on the website 

2015 Corporate Governance Statement

UN Global Compact

Global Reporting Initiative

G4-16 List memberships of associations (such as industry associations) and national or international advocacy organisations in which the organisation:

• Holds a position on the governance body

• Participates in projects or committees

• Provides substantive funding beyond routine membership dues

• Views membership as strategic

This refers primarily to memberships maintained at the organisational level

Information on some of Brambles associations is provided in Sustainability Review 2015: Better Business - Supply chain collaboration, Better Business - People (Learning and development), Better Planet - Materials and Better Communities.

Brambles is a member of the Business Council of Australia (BCA), but representations by the BCA may or may not reflect Brambles' position on specific public policy issues.

CHEP associations

CDP submission 2015 – Question CC2.3b, pages 10-12

IDENTIFIED MATERIAL ASPECTS AND BOUNDARIES
G4-17 a. List all entities included in the organisation’s consolidated financial statements or equivalent documents

b. Report whether any entity included in the organisation’s consolidated financial statements or equivalent documents is not covered by the report

a. Brambles includes all subsidiaries in its financial reporting. A list of principal material subsidiaries is included in the Annual Report, Notes to and forming part of the financial statements, Note 31 C) Related Party Information, p 81; however, non-material subsidiaries are also included in the financial statements. Brambles has not published a list of all entitles within its organisation.

Sustainability reporting boundaries are outlined in the 2015 Sustainability Review - supplementary information document.

G4-18 a. Explain the process for defining the report content and the Aspect Boundaries

b. Explain how the organisation has implemented the Reporting Principles for Defining Report Content

Sustainability Review 2015 - supplementary information

G4-19 List all the material Aspects identified in the process for defining report content

Economic: Economic Performance, Procurement; 

Environmental: Materials, Water, Biodiversity, Emissions, Effluents and waste, Products and services, Compliance, Transport, Supplier environmental assessment; 

Social: Labour Practices and Decent Work: Employment, Occupational Health and Safety, Training and Education, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Equal Remuneration for Women and Men, Supplier Assessment for Labour Practices;

Human Rights: Child Labour, Forced and Compulsory Labour, Indigenous Rights, Supplier Human Rights Assessment; 

Society: Anti-Corruption, Supplier Assessment for Impacts on Society, Grievance Mechanisms for Impacts on Society;

Product Responsibility: Customer Health and Safety

G4-20 For each material Aspect, report the Aspect Boundary within the organisation, as follows:

• Report whether the Aspect is material within the organisation

• If the Aspect is not material for all entities within the organisation (as described in G4-17), select one of the following two approaches and report either:
      o The list of entities or groups of entities included in G4-17 for which the Aspect is not material or
      o The list of entities or groups of entities included in G4-17 for which the Aspects is material

• Report any specific limitation regarding the Aspect Boundary within the organisation

Sustainability Review 2015 - supplementary information

Sustainability Review 2015

Sustainability section of website

G4-21 For each material Aspect, report the Aspect Boundary outside the organisation, as follows:

• Report whether the Aspect is material outside of the organisation

• If the Aspect is material outside of the organisation, identify the entities, groups of entities or elements for which the Aspect is material. In addition, describe the geographical location where the Aspect is material for the entities identified

• Report any specific limitation regarding the Aspect Boundary outside the organisation

Sustainability Review 2015 - supplementary information

Sustainability Review 2015

Sustainability section of website

G4-22 Report the effect of any restatements of information provided in previous reports, and the reasons for such restatements

Sustainability Review 2015 - supplementary information

G4-23 Report significant changes from previous reporting periods in the Scope and Aspect Boundaries

Sustainability Review 2015 - supplementary information

Stakeholder Engagement  
G4-24 Provide a list of stakeholder groups engaged by the organisation

Sustainability Review 2015 - supplementary information

Sustainability Governance - Stakeholder engagement

G4-25 Report the basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage

Sustainability Review 2015 - supplementary information

Sustainability Governance - Stakeholder engagement

G4-26 Report the organisation’s approach to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group, and an indication of whether any of the engagement was undertaken specifically as part of the report preparation process

Sustainability Review 2015 - supplementary information

Sustainability Governance - Stakeholder engagement

G4-27 Report key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organisation has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting. Report the stakeholder groups that raised each of the key topics and concerns

Sustainability Review 2015 - supplementary information

Sustainability Review - materiality matrix, p 3, and throughout.

G4-28 Reporting period (such as fiscal or calendar year) for information provided

1 July 2014-30 June 2015

G4-29 Date of most recent previous report (if any)

December 2014, Sustainability Review

G4-30 Reporting cycle (such as annual, biennial)

Annual; financial year (1 July-30 June)

G4-31 Provide the contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents

Director, Sustainability

GRI Content Index 
G4-32 a. Report the ‘in accordance’ option the organisation has chosen

b. Report the GRI Content Index for the chosen option (see tables this aspect)

c. Report the reference to the External Assurance Report, if the report has been externally assured. GRI recommends the use of external assurance but it is not a requirement to be ‘in accordance’ with the Guidelines

a. Comprehensive; b. Table here; c. Brambles sought limited external assurance for some of the non-financial content and indicators in the Sustainability Review. This is an annual assurance process, which is conducted by an independent, expert third party. 

Assurance Statement

G4-33 a. Report organisation’s policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report

b. If not included in the assurance report accompanying the sustainability report, report the scope and basis of any external assurance provided

c. Report the relationship between the organisation and the assurance providers

d. Report whether the highest governance body or senior executives are involved in seeking assurance for the organisation’s sustainability report

Sustainability Review 2015 - supplementary information

Assurance Statement

 
GOVERNANCE
G4-34 Report the governance structure of the organisation, including committees of the highest governance body. Identify any committees responsible for decision-making on economic, environmental and social impacts

Corporate Governance

Sustainability Governance

G4-35 Report the process for delegating authority for economic, environmental and social topics from the highest governance body to senior executives and other employees

Corporate Governance Statement, Principle 7 (including 7.4 Sustainability Risks), pp 8-9

Sustainability Governance

G4-36 Report whether the organisation has appointed an executive-level position or positions with responsibility for economic, environmental and social topics, and whether post holders report directly to the highest governance body

Corporate Governance Statement, Principle 7 (including 7.4 Sustainability Risks), pp 8-9

Sustainability Governance

G4-37 Report processes for consultation between stakeholders and the highest governance body on economic, environmental and social topics. If consultation is delegated, describe to whom and any feedback processes to the highest governance body

Corporate Governance Statement, Principle 7 (including 7.4 Sustainability Risks), pp 8-9

Sustainability Review 2015 - supplementary information

Sustainability Governance

G4-38 Report the composition of the highest governance body and its committees by:

• Executive or non-executive

• Independence

• Tenure on the governance body

• Number of each individual’s other significant positions and commitments, and the nature of the commitments

• Gender

• Membership of under-represented social groups

• Competences relating to economic, environmental and social impacts

• Stakeholder representation

Board of Directors

G4-39 Report whether the Chair of the highest governance body is also an executive office (and, if so, his or her function within the organisation’s management and the reasons for this arrangement)

Board of Directors

G4-40 Report the nomination and selection processes for the highest governance body and its committees, and the criteria used for nominating and selecting highest governance body members, including:

• Whether and how diversity is considered

• Whether and how independence is considered

• Whether and how expertise and experience relating to economic, environmental and social topics are considered

• Whether and how stakeholders (including shareholders) are involved

Corporate Governance

Nominations Committee Charter; Board skills matrix, as outlined in the 2015 Corporate Governance Statement, p 4

G4-41 Report processes for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided and managed. Report whether conflicts of interest are disclosed to stakeholders, including, as a minimum:

• Cross-board membership

• Cross-shareholding with suppliers and other stakeholders

• Existence of controlling shareholder

• Related party disclosures

Corporate Governance

Nominations Committee Charter

HIGHEST GOVERNANCE BODY’S ROLE IN SETTING PURPOSE, VALUES, AND STRATEGY
G4-42 Report the highest governance body’s and senior executives’ roles in the development, approval, and updating of the organisation’s purpose, value or mission statements, strategies, policies, and goals related to economic, environmental and social impacts

Shared Values

Corporate Governance Statement, Principle 7 (including 7.4 Sustainability Risks), pp 8-9

Sustainability Governance

HIGHEST GOVERNANCE BODY’S COMPETENCIES AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
G4-43 Report the measures taken to develop and enhance the highest governance body’s collective knowledge of economic, environmental and social topics

Corporate Governance Statement, Principle 7 (including 7.4 Sustainability Risks), pp 8-9

Sustainability Governance

G4-44 a. Report the processes for evaluation of the highest governance body’s performance with respect to governance of economic, environmental and social topics. Report whether such evaluation is independent or not, and its frequency. Report whether such evaluation is a self-assessment

b. Report actions taken in response to evaluation of the highest governance body’s performance with respect to governance of economic, environmental and social topics, including, as a minimum, changes in membership and organisational practice

Corporate Governance Statement, Principle 7 (including 7.4 Sustainability Risks), pp 8-9

Sustainability Governance

HIGHEST GOVERNANCE BODY’S ROLE IN RISK MANAGEMENT
G4-45 a. Report the highest governance body’s role in the identification and management of economic, environmental and social impacts, risks, and opportunities. Include the highest governance body’s role in the implementation of due diligence processes
b. Report whether stakeholder consultation is used to support the highest governance body’s identification and management of economic, environmental and social impacts, risks, and opportunities

Corporate Governance Statement, Principle 7 (including 7.4 Sustainability Risks), pp 8-9

Sustainability Governance

G4-46 Report the highest governance body’s role in reviewing the effectiveness of the organisation’s risk management processes for economic, environmental and social topics

Corporate Governance Statement, Principle 7 (including 7.4 Sustainability Risks), pp 8-9

Sustainability Governance

G4-47 Report the frequency of the highest governance body’s review of economic, environmental and social impacts, risks, and opportunities

Corporate Governance Statement, Principle 7 (including 7.4 Sustainability Risks), pp 8-9

Sustainability Governance

HIGHEST GOVERNANCE BODY’S ROLE IN SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING
G4-48 Report the highest committee or position that formally reviews and approves the organisation’s sustainability report and ensures that all material Aspects are covered

Brambles 2015 Sustainability Review was reviewed and approved by the Board (including the Chief Executive Officer), Executive Leadership Team and other senior management, including the Company Secretary

HIGHEST GOVERNANCE BODY’S ROLE IN EVALUATING ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL PERFORMANCE
G4-49 Report the process for communicating critical concerns to the highest governance body

Corporate Governance

Sustainability Governance

G4-50 Report the nature and total number of critical concerns that were communicated to the highest governance body and the mechanism(s) used to address and resolve them

Material economic, environmental and social impacts, risks and opportunities are covered in the 2015 Annual Report and 2015 Sustainability Review. Please see 2015 Sustainability Review - supplementary information for more information .

 

REMUNERATION AND INCENTIVES
G4-51 a. Report the remuneration policies for the highest governance body and senior executives for the this aspect types of remuneration:
• Fixed pay and variable pay:
 o Performance-based pay
 o Equity-based pay
 o Bonuses
 o Deferred or vested shares
• Sign-on bonuses or recruitment incentive payments
• Termination payments
• Clawbacks
• Retirement benefits, including the difference between benefit schemes and contribution rates for the highest governance body, senior executives, and all other employees

b. Report how performance criteria in the remuneration policy relate to the highest governance body’s and senior executives’ economic, environmental and social objectives

Remuneration Committee Charter

and Annual Report 2015 Remuneration Report, pp 15-30

G4-52 Report the process for determining remuneration. Report whether remuneration consultants are involved in determining remuneration and whether they are independent of management. Report any other relationships which the remuneration consultants have with the organisation

Remuneration Committee Charter

and Annual Report 2015 Remuneration Report, pp 15-30

G4-53 Report how stakeholders’ views are sought and taken into account regarding remuneration, including the results of votes on remuneration policies and proposals, if applicable

Remuneration Committee Charter

and Annual Report 2015 Remuneration Report, pp 15-30

G4-54 Report the ratio of the annual total compensation for the organisation’s highest-paid individual in each country of significant operations to the median annual total compensation for all employees (excluding the highest-paid individual) in the same country

The ratio of CEO compensation to median annual total compensation for all employees (excluding CEO) (base salary only, no bonuses or incentives) for Brambles for FY15 is 0.014 (FY14: 0.015).

G4-55 Report the ratio of percentage increase in annual total compensation for the organisation’s highest-paid individual in each country of significant operations to the median percentage increase in annual total compensation for all employees (excluding the highest-paid individual) in the same country

Brambles reported a decrease in the ratio of the annual total compensation for the CEO (base salary only, no bonuses or incentives) to employee median annual compensation (base salary only, no bonuses or incentives) of 7% from FY14. 

ETHICS AND INTEGRITY
G4-56 Describe the organisation’s values, principles, standards and norms of behaviour such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics

About Brambles

Code of Conduct

G4-57 Report the internal and external mechanisms for seeking advice on ethical and lawful behaviour, and matters related to organisational integrity, such as helplines or advice lines

Code of Conduct, Schedule 2: Speaking Up Policy, pp 11-13

G4-58 Report the internal and external mechanisms for reporting concerns about unethical or unlawful behaviour, and matters related to organisational integrity, such as escalation through line management, whistleblowing mechanisms or hotlines

Code of Conduct, Schedule 2: Speaking Up Policy, pp 11-13

SPECIFIC STANDARD DISCLOSURES
G4-DMA When reporting management approach, organisations start by addressing the Generic DMA Guidance. If Aspect-specific Guidance is available, organisations then use it to report their management approach for that Aspect in more detail. a. Report why the Aspect is material. Report the impacts that make this Aspect material< br/>
b. Report how the organisation manages the material Aspect or its impacts

c. Report the evaluation of the management approach, including:
• The mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach
• The results of the evaluation of the management approach
• Any related adjustments to the management approach

Sustainability section of website 

2015 Sustainability Review - supplementary information

2015 Sustainability Review

ASPECT: ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE (at least one indicator from this aspect for core; all for comprehensive)

Annual Report 2015

Sustainability section of website

2015 Sustainability Review - supplementary information

2015 Sustainability Review

G4-EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed
a. Report the direct economic value generated and distributed (EVG and D) on an accruals basis including the basic components for the organisation’s global operations as listed this aspect. If data is presented on a cash basis, report the justification for this decision and report the basic components as listed this aspect:
• Direct economic value generated
o Revenues
• Economic value distributed:
o Operating costs
o Employee wages and benefits
o Payments to providers of capital
o Payments to government (by country)
o Community investments
• Economic value retained (calculated as ‘Direct economic value generated’ less ‘Economic value distributed’)

b. To better assess local economic impacts, report EVG and D separately at country, regional, or market levels, where significant. Report the criteria used for defining significance

Annual Report 2015

2015 Sustainability Review for community investments 

G4-EC3 Coverage of the organisation’s defined benefit plan obligations
a. Where the plan’s liabilities are met by the organisation’s general resources, report the estimated value of those liabilities

b. Where a separate fund exists to pay the plan’s pension liabilities, report:
• The extent to which the scheme’s liabilities are estimated to be covered by the assets that have been set aside to meet them
• The basis on which that estimate has been arrived at
• When that estimate was made

c. Where a fund set up to pay the plan’s pension liabilities is not fully covered, explain the strategy, if any, adopted by the employer to work towards full coverage, and the timescale, if any, by which the employer hopes to achieve full coverage

d. Report the percentage of salary contributed by employee or employer

e. Report the level of participation in retirement plans (such as participation in mandatory or voluntary schemes, regional or country-based schemes, or those with financial impact).

Coverage of the organisation’s defined benefit plan obligations
a. Where the plan’s liabilities are met by the organisation’s general resources, report the estimated value of those liabilities

b. Where a separate fund exists to pay the plan’s pension liabilities, report:
• The extent to which the scheme’s liabilities are estimated to be covered by the assets that have been set aside to meet them
• The basis on which that estimate has been arrived at
• When that estimate was made

c. Where a fund set up to pay the plan’s pension liabilities is not fully covered, explain the strategy, if any, adopted by the employer to work towards full coverage, and the timescale, if any, by which the employer hopes to achieve full coverage

d. Report the percentage of salary contributed by employee or employer

e. Report the level of participation in retirement plans (such as participation in mandatory or voluntary schemes, regional or country-based schemes, or those with financial impact).

Brambles operates a number of defined contribution retirement benefit plans for qualifying employees. In some countries, Brambles' employees are members of state-managed retirement benefit plans. Brambles operates a number of defined benefit pension plans, which are closed to new members. The current costs of these are outlined in Note 21. Retirement Benefit Obligations in the Annual Report 2015 p 65.

G4-EC4 Financial assistance received from government
a. Report the total monetary value of financial assistance received by the organisation from governments during the reporting period, including, as a minimum:
• Tax relief and tax credits
• Subsidies
• Investment grants, research and development grants, and other relevant types of grants
• Awards
• Royalty holidays
• Financial assistance from Export Credit Agencies (ECAs)
• Financial incentives
• Other financial benefits received or receivable from any government for any operation

b. Report the information above by country

c. Report whether, and the extent to which, the government is present in the shareholding structure

Annual Report 2015

ASPECT: PROCUREMENT PRACTICES

Annual Report 2015

Sustainability section of website

2015 Sustainability Review - supplementary information

2015 Sustainability Review

G4-EC9 Proportion of spending on local suppliers at significant locations of operation

a. Report the percentage of the procurement budget used for significant locations of operation spent on suppliers local to that operation (such as percentage of products and services purchased locally)

b. Report the organisation’s geographical definition of ‘local’

c. Report the definition used for ‘significant locations of operation’

Because Pallets, RPCs and Containers are multi-domestic operations, Brambles does not have a Group policy on spending on locally-based suppliers. A large amount of supplies are procured in the regions in which the business units operate. Brambles' global procurement team is responsible for sourcing raw materials, real estate and business services. For information on financial expenditure on suppliers, see the 2015 Annual Report, Note 5. Continuing Operations - Operating Expenses, p 51. Transport and outsourced service centres are both sourced in local areas of operation. The breakdown of continent of origin for sourced wood is outlined in the 2015 Sustainability Review Materials - wood.

CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENTAL
ASPECT: MATERIALS (at least one indicator from this aspect for core; all for comprehensive)

Sustainability section of website

2015 Sustainability Review - supplementary information

2015 Sustainability Review

G4-EN1 Materials used by weight or volume Report the total weight or volume of materials that are used to produce and package the organisation’s primary products and services during the reporting period, by:
• Non-renewable materials used
• Renewable materials used

2015 Sustainability Review Better Planet - Materials, Waste

G4-EN2 Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials
Report the percentage of recycled input materials used to manufacture the organisation’s primary products and services

2015 Sustainability Review Better Planet - Materials, Waste

ASPECT: ENERGY (at least one indicator from this aspect for core; all for comprehensive)

Sustainability section of website

2015 Sustainability Review - supplementary information

2015 Sustainability Review

G4-EN3 Energy consumption within the organisation
a. Report total fuel consumption from non-renewable sources in joules or multiples, including fuel types used

b. Report total fuel consumption from renewable fuel sources in joules or multiples, including fuel types used

c. Report in joules, watt-hours or multiples, the total:
• Electricity consumption
• Heating consumption
• Cooling consumption
• Steam consumption

d. Report in joules, watt-hours or multiples, the total:
• Electricity sold
• Heating sold
• Cooling sold
• Steam sold

e. Report total energy consumption in joules or multiples. f. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used

g. Report the source of the conversion factors used

2015 Sustainability Review Better Planet - Emissions 

5 yr performance document download

2015 Sustainability Review - supplementary information

G4-EN4 Energy consumption outside of the organisation
a. Report energy consumed outside of the organisation, in joules or multiples

b. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used

c. Report the source of the conversion factors used

2015 Sustainability Review Better Planet - Emissions 

5 yr performance document download

2015 Sustainability Review - supplementary information

G4-EN5 Energy intensity
a. Report the energy intensity ratio

b. Report the organisation-specific metric (the ratio denominator) chosen to calculate the ratio

c. Report the types of energy included in the intensity ratio: fuel, electricity, heating, cooling, steam, or all

d. Report whether the ratio uses energy consumed within the organisation, outside of it or both

5 yr performance document download

 

G4-EN6 Reduction of energy consumption
a. Report the amount of reductions in energy consumption achieved as a direct result of conservation and efficiency initiatives, in joules or multiples

b. Report the types of energy included in the reductions: fuel, electricity, heating, cooling, and steam

c. Report the basis for calculating reductions in energy consumption such as base year or baseline, and the rationale for choosing it

d. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used

2015 Sustainability Review - Better Planet

2015 Sustainability Review - supplementary information data measurement and techniques

G4-EN7 Reductions in energy requirements of products and services
a. Report the reductions in the energy requirements of sold products and services achieved during the reporting period, in joules or multiples

b. Report the basis for calculating reductions in energy consumption such as base year or baseline, and the rationale for choosing it

c. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used

2015 Sustainability Review Better Planet - Emissions 

5 yr performance document download

2015 Sustainability Review - supplementary information

ASPECT: WATER (at least one indicator from this aspect for core; all for comprehensive)

Sustainability section of website

2015 Sustainability Review - supplementary information

2015 Sustainability Review

G4-EN8 Total water withdrawal by source
a. Report the total volume of water withdrawn from the following sources:
• Surface water, including water from wetlands, rivers, lakes, and oceans
• Ground water
• Rainwater collected directly and stored by the organisation
• Waste water from another organisation
• Municipal water supplies or other water utilities

b. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used

2015 Sustainability Review Better Planet - Water

2015 Sustainability Review - supplementary information

G4-EN9 Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water
a. Report the total number of water sources significantly affected by withdrawal by type:
• Size of water source
• Whether or not the source is designated as a protected area (nationally or internationally)
• Biodiversity value (such as species diversity and endemism, total number of protected species)
• Value or importance of water source to local communities and indigenous peoples

b. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used

2015 Sustainability Review - Better Planet

2015 Sustainability Review - supplementary information

CHEP South Africa operates five lumber farms in the southern Drakensberg region of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, covering approximately 2,500 hectares. CHEP has held Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation for environmentally well-managed plantations for its plantations since 2009, which involves an extensive audit program covering many aspects, including water management. FSC auditors audit the farms every year to ensure continued compliance. Poor forestry practices in the past meant the water courses were choked with alien vegetation and overgrowth, affecting both the quality and quantity of water that flowed downstream to the local community. Pallets invested time and money clearing the water courses, greatly improving the water quality. Ongoing management of alien species ensures that the water courses are not choked again. The water is regularly tested to ensure it is as clean as possible. While CHEP itself does not use the water courses for irrigation for the farm, except for fire fighting purposes, the community downstream relies on the water supply that runs through surrounding land, including the CHEP farms. This is especially important as the area experiences periods of drought at times. The control of alien vegetation has also meant the native wildlife enjoy greater protection with improved native vegetation coverage. In FY15, CHEP acquired additional plantations in South Africa. CHEP expects to achieve FSC certification for these plantations in FY17. 

G4-EN10 Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused
a. Report the total volume of water recycled and reused by the organisation

b. Report the total volume of water recycled and reused as a percentage of the total water withdrawal reported under Indicator G4-EN8

c. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used

2015 Sustainability Review - Water

2015 Sustainability Review - supplementary information

ASPECT: BIODIVERSITY

Sustainability section of website

2015 Sustainability Review - supplementary information

2015 Sustainability Review

G4-EN11 Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas

a. Report the following information for each operational site owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas:
• Geographic location
• Subsurface and underground land that may be owned, leased, or managed by the organisation
• Position in relation to the protected area (in the area, adjacent to, or containing portions of the protected area) or the high biodiversity value area outside protected areas
• Type of operation (office, manufacturing or production, or extractive)
• Size of operational site in km2
• Biodiversity value characterized by:
o The attribute of the protected area or high biodiversity value area outside the protected area (terrestrial, freshwater, or maritime ecosystem)
o Listing of protected status (such as IUCN Protected Area Management Categories, Ramsar Convention, national legislation)

Brambles primarily operates in commercial and industrial areas. This minimises the impact of our operations, since these areas are designed for such use. 

CHEP South Africa operates five lumber farms in the southern Drakensberg region of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, covering approximately 2,500 hectares. CHEP has held Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation for environmentally well-managed plantations for its plantations since 2009, which involves an extensive audit program covering many aspects, including water management. FSC auditors audit the farms every year to ensure continued compliance. Poor forestry practices in the past meant the water courses were choked with alien vegetation and overgrowth, affecting both the quality and quantity of water that flowed downstream to the local community. CHEP invested time and money clearing the water courses, greatly improving the water quality. Ongoing management of alien species ensures that the water courses are not choked again. The water is regularly tested to ensure it is as clean as possible. While CHEP itself does not use the water courses for irrigation for the farm, except for fire fighting purposes, the community downstream relies on the water supply that runs through surrounding land, including the CHEP farms. This is especially important as the area experiences periods of drought at times. The control of alien vegetation has also meant the native wildlife enjoy greater protection with improved native vegetation coverage. In FY15, CHEP acquired additional plantations in South Africa. CHEP expects to achieve FSC certification for these plantations in FY17. 

G4-EN12 Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas

a. Report the nature of significant direct and indirect impacts on biodiversity with reference to one or more of the following:
• Construction or use of manufacturing plants, mines, and transport infrastructure
• Pollution (introduction of substances that do not naturally occur in the habitat from point and non-point sources)
• Introduction of invasive species, pests, and pathogens
• Reduction of species
• Habitat conversion
• Changes in ecological processes outside the natural range of variation (such as salinity or changes in groundwater level)

b. Report significant direct and indirect positive and negative impacts with reference to the following:
• Species affected
• Extent of areas impacted
• Duration of impacts
• Reversibility or irreversibility of the impacts

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G4-EN13 Habitats protected or restored
a. Report the size and location of all habitat protected areas or restored areas, and whether the success of the restoration measure was or is approved by independent external professionals

b. Report whether partnerships exist with third parties to protect or restore habitat areas distinct from where the organisation has overseen and implemented restoration or protection measures

c. Report on the status of each area based on its condition at the close of the reporting period

d. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used

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CHEP South Africa operates five lumber farms in the southern Drakensberg region of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, covering approximately 2,500 hectares. CHEP has held Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation for environmentally well-managed plantations for its plantations since 2009, which involves an extensive audit program covering many aspects, including water management. FSC auditors audit the farms every year to ensure continued compliance. Poor forestry practices in the past meant the water courses were choked with alien vegetation and overgrowth, affecting both the quality and quantity of water that flowed downstream to the local community. CHEP invested time and money clearing the water courses, greatly improving the water quality. Ongoing management of alien species ensures that the water courses are not choked again. The water is regularly tested to ensure it is as clean as possible. While CHEP itself does not use the water courses for irrigation for the farm, except for fire fighting purposes, the community downstream relies on the water supply that runs through surrounding land, including the CHEP farms. This is especially important as the area experiences periods of drought at times. The control of alien vegetation has also meant the native wildlife enjoy greater protection with improved native vegetation coverage. In FY15, CHEP acquired additional plantations in South Africa. These are expected to achieve FSC certification in FY17. 

G4-EN14 Total number of IUCN Red List species and National Conservation List species with habitats in areas affected by operations, by level of extinction risk
a. Report the total number of IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by the operations of the organisation, by level of extinction risk:
• Critically endangered
• Endangered
• Vulnerable
• Near threatened
• Least concern

2015 Sustainability Review Better Planet - Materials

ASPECT: EMISSIONS

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G4-EN15 Direct Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 1)
a. Report gross direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent, independent of any GHG trades, such as purchases, sales, or transfers of offsets or allowances)

b. Report gases included in the calculation (whether CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6, NF3, or all))

c. Report biogenic CO2 emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent separately from the gross direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions)

d. Report the chosen base year, the rationale for choosing the base year, emissions in the base year, and the context for any significant changes in emissions that triggered recalculations of base year emissions)

e. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used)

f. Report the source of the emission factors used and the global warming potential (GWP) rates used or a reference to the GWP source)

g. Report the chosen consolidation approach for emissions (equity share, financial control, operational control)

2015 Sustainability Review - Better Planet

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G4-EN16 Energy indirect GHG emissions (Scope 2)
a. Report gross energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent, independent of any GHG trades, such as purchases, sales, or transfers of offsets or allowances

b. Report gases included in the calculation, if available

c. Report the chosen base year, the rationale for choosing the base year, emissions in the base year, and the context for any significant changes in emissions that triggered recalculations of base year emissions

d. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used

2015 Sustainability Review - Better Planet

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G4-EN17 Other indirect GHG emissions (Scope 3)

a. Report gross other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent, excluding indirect emissions from the generation of purchased or acquired electricity, heating, cooling, and steam consumed by the organisation (these indirect emissions are reported in Indicator G4-EN16). Exclude any GHG trades, such as purchases, sales, or transfers of offsets or allowances

b. Report gases included in the calculation, if available

c. Report biogenic CO2 emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent separately from the gross other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions

d. Report other indirect (Scope 3) emissions categories and activities included in the calculation

e. Report the chosen base year, the rationale for choosing the base year, emissions in the base year, and the context for any significant changes in emissions that triggered recalculations of base year emissions

f. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used

g. Report the source of the emission factors used and the global warming potential (GWP) rates used or a reference to the GWP source, if available

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G4-EN18 GHG emissions intensity

a. Report the GHG emissions intensity ratio

b. Report the organisation-specific metric (the ratio denominator) chosen to calculate the ratio

c. Report the types of GHG emissions included in the intensity ratio: direct (Scope 1), energy indirect (Scope 2), other indirect (Scope 3)

d. Report gases included in the calculation

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G4-EN19 Reduction of GHG emissions

a. Report the amount of GHG emissions reductions achieved as a direct result of initiatives to reduce emissions, in metric tons of CO2 equivalent

b. Report gases included in the calculation (whether CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, SF6, NF3, or all)

c. Report the chosen base year or baseline and the rationale for choosing it

d. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used

e. Report whether the reductions in GHG emissions occurred in direct (Scope 1), energy indirect (Scope 2), other indirect (Scope 3) emissions

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G4-EN20 Emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODS)

a. Report production, imports, and exports of ODS in metric tons of CFC-11 equivalent

b. Report substances included in the calculation

c. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used

d. Report the source of the emission factors used

Brambles does not currently collect this data and is not aware of any material issues with emissions of ozone depleting substances. It is investigating its operations for possible inclusion in the medium-long term, if quantities are measurable with current techniques.

G4-EN21 NOX, SOX, and other significant air emissions a. Report the amount of significant air emissions, in kilograms or multiples for each of the following:
• NOX
• SOX
• Persistent organic pollutants (POP)
• Volatile organic compounds (VOC)
• Hazardous air pollutants (HAP)
• Particulate matter (PM)
• Other standard categories of air emissions identified in relevant regulations

b. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used

c. Report the source of the emission factors used

Brambles does not currently collect this data and is not aware of any material issues with these air emissions. It is investigating its operations for possible inclusion in the medium-long term, if quantities are measurable with current techniques.

ASPECT: EFFLUENTS AND WASTE

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G4-EN22 Total water discharge by quality and destination
a. Report the total volume of planned and unplanned water discharges by:
• Destination
• Quality of the water including treatment method
• Whether it was reused by another organisation

b. Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used

2015 Sustainability Review - Water

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G4-EN23 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method a. Report the total weight of hazardous and non-hazardous waste, by the following disposal methods:
• Reuse
• Recycling
• Composting
• Recovery, including energy recovery
• Incineration (mass burn)
• Deep well injection
• Landfill
• On-site storage
• Other (to be specified by the organisation)

b. Report how the waste disposal method has been determined:
• Disposed of directly by the organisation or otherwise directly confirmed
• Information provided by the waste disposal contractor
• Organisational defaults of the waste disposal contractor

2015 Sustainability Review - Waste

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G4-EN24 Total number and volume of significant spills
a. Report the total number and total volume of recorded significant spills

b. For spills that were reported in the organisation’s financial statements, report the additional following information for each such spill:
• Location of spill
• Volume of spill
• Material of spill, categorized by:
o Oil spills (soil or water surfaces)
o Fuel spills (soil or water surfaces)
o Spills of wastes (soil or water surfaces)
o Spills of chemicals (mostly soil or water surfaces)
o Other (to be specified by the organisation)

c. Report the impacts of significant spills

Brambles had no significant spills during FY15.

G4-EN25 Weight of transported, imported, exported, or treated waste deemed hazardous under the terms of the Basel Convention Annex I, II, III and VIII and percentage of transported waste shipped internationally
a. Report the total weight for each of the following:
• Hazardous waste transported
• Hazardous waste imported
• Hazardous waste exported
• Hazardous waste treated

b. Report the percentage of hazardous waste shipped internationally

2015 Sustainability Review - Waste

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G4-EN26 Identity, size, protected status and biodiversity value of water bodies and related habitats significantly affected by the reporting organisation’s discharges of water and runoff

Report water bodies and related habitats that are significantly affected by water discharges based on the criteria described in the Compilation section below, adding information on:
• Size of water body and related habitat
• Whether the water body and related habitat is designated as a protected area (nationally or internationally)
• Biodiversity value (such as total number of protected species)

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Brambles had no significant spills in FY15.

Brambles primarily operates in commercial and industrial areas. This minimises the impact of our operations, since these areas are designed for such use.

ASPECT: PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

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G4-EN27 Extent of impact mitigation of environmental impacts of products and services
a. Report quantitatively the extent to which environmental impacts of products and services have been mitigated during the reporting period

b. If use-oriented figures are employed, report the underlying assumptions regarding consumption patterns or normalisation factors

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G4-EN28 Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category
a. Report the percentage of reclaimed products and their packaging materials for each product category

b. Report how the data for this Indicator has been collected

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ASPECT: COMPLIANCE

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G4-EN29 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for noncompliance with environmental laws and regulations
a. Report significant fines and non-monetary sanctions in terms of:
• Total monetary value of significant fines
• Total number of non-monetary sanctions
• Cases brought through dispute resolution mechanisms

b. Where organisations have not identified any non-compliance with laws or regulations, a brief statement of this fact is sufficient

Brambles did not receive any significant fines or non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations in FY15.

ASPECT: TRANSPORT

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G4-EN30 Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other good and materials used for the organisation's operations and transporting members of the workforce

a. Report the significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials for the organisation’s operations, and transporting members of the workforce. Where quantitative data is not provided, report the reason

b. Report how the environmental impacts of transporting products, members of the organisation’s workforce, and other goods and materials are mitigated

c. Report the criteria and methodology used to determine which environmental impacts are significant

2015 Sustainability Review

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ASPECT: OVERALL

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G4-EN31 Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type

Report total environmental protection expenditures by:
• Waste disposal, emissions treatment, and remediation costs
• Prevention and environmental management costs

CDP submission 2015 - Question 3.3, p 17 (emissions reductions programs)

While not reported separately, expenditures of this nature are included in Brambles' financial reporting in its 2015 Annual Report - Notes to and forming part of the financial statements, Note 5 Operating Expenses - Continuing operations, p 51.

ASPECT: SUPPLIER ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

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G4-EN32 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using environmental criteria

Brambles' supplier policy, introduced in 2013, has been integrated into the on-boarding process for new suppliers in Procurement, which is responsible for sourcing raw materials, real estate and business services. This includes the following expectations in relation to the environment: 

• We expect our suppliers to follow the principles outlined in our Zero Harm commitment;

• It is a minimum requirement that all supplier operations comply with all relevant environmental laws and regulations;

• Our suppliers should seek to minimise their environmental footprint, in turn helping Brambles to minimise its customers’ negative effects on the environment; 

• We expect our suppliers to have a proactive approach to environmental risk management and manage natural resources responsibly; and 

• We require major suppliers in sectors with a high environmental impact to provide evidence of their systems for ensuring good environmental performance. Code of Conduct

In addition, new wood suppliers in Europe that do not have chain of custody certification must commit to becoming chain of custody certified. If the new supplier does not achieve certification within six months, CHEP ceases purchasing wood from the supplier.

G4-EN33 Significant actual and potential negative environmental impacts in the supply chain and actions taken
a. Report the number of suppliers subject to environmental impact assessments

b. Report the number of suppliers identified as having significant actual and potential negative environmental impacts

c. Report the significant actual and potential negative environmental impacts identified in the supply chain

d. Report the percentage of suppliers identified as having significant actual and potential negative environmental impacts with which improvements were agreed upon as a result of assessment

e. Report the percentage of suppliers identified as having significant actual and potential negative environmental impacts with which relationships were terminated as a result of assessment, and why

Brambles' supplier policy, introduced in 2013, includes the following expectations in relation to the environment: 

• We expect our suppliers to follow the principles outlined in our Zero Harm commitment; 

• It is a minimum requirement that all supplier operations comply with all relevant environmental laws and regulations; 

• Our suppliers should seek to minimise their environmental footprint, in turn helping Brambles to minimise its customers’ negative effects on the environment; 

• We expect our suppliers to have a proactive approach to environmental risk management and manage natural resources responsibly; and 

• We require major suppliers in sectors with a high environmental impact to provide evidence of their systems for ensuring good environmental performance. 

Code of Conduct, Schedule 13 Supplier Policy

Our largest potentially negative environmental impact comes from our purchasing of timber. CHEP is committed to sourcing timber from sustainable sources. CHEP has a strong preference for timber from certified forest resources and certified mill sources carrying chain of custody certification through to CHEP. This reduces the potential negative environmental impact of sourcing timber. Where timber from certified forest resources or certified mill sources is not available, or is only available on a commercially unacceptable basis, CHEP undertakes due diligence to establish confidence the timber received by CHEP comes from legally harvested forest resources and does not contain timber categorised as from Controversial Sources. 

None of CHEP's timber suppliers in FY15 were in breach of our timber sourcing policy.

CATEGORY: SOCIAL
SUB-CATEGORY: LABOUR PRACTICES AND DECENT WORK
ASPECT: EMPLOYMENT

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2015 Sustainability Review

G4-LA1 Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender and region
a. Report the total number and rate of new employee hires during the reporting period, by age group, gender and region

b. Report the total number and rate of employee turnover during the reporting period, by age group, gender and region

Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender and region
a. Report the total number and rate of new employee hires during the reporting period, by age group, gender and region

b. Report the total number and rate of employee turnover during the reporting period, by age group, gender and region

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Brambles has not reported new employee hires at a global level as it moved to a new HR system in FY15. It is investigating reporting of this information in FY16, when the majority of our operations will be using the system.

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G4-LA2 Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees, by significant locations of operation
a. Report the benefits which are standard for full-time employees of the organisation but are not provided to temporary or part-time employees, by significant locations of operation. These include, as a minimum:
• Life insurance
• Health care
• Disability and invalidity coverage
• Parental leave
• Retirement provision
• Stock ownership
• Others

b. Report the definition used for ‘significant locations of operation’

Within Brambles operations, benefits provided to full-time employees also apply to part-time employees, dependant on local laws and regulations. Arrangements for temporary employees vary from country to country, but as at 31 May 2015, less than 2% of Brambles employees are on temporary contracts.

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G4-LA3 Return to work and retention rates after parental leave, by gender
a. Report the total number of employees that were entitled to parental leave, by gender

b. Report the total number of employees that took parental leave, by gender

c. Report the total number of employees who returned to work after parental leave ended, by gender

d. Report the total number of employees who returned to work after parental leave ended who were still employed twelve months after their return to work, by gender

e. Report the return to work and retention rates of employees who took parental leave, by gender

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ASPECT: OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

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G4-LA5 Percentage of total workforce represented in formal joint management–worker health and safety committees that help monitor and advise on occupational health and safety programs
a. Report the level at which each formal joint management-worker health and safety committee typically operates within the organisation

b. Report the percentage of the total workforce represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees

100% of Brambles employees are represented in formal organisational safety committees. In the mature business units, all facilities hold frequent health and safety committee meetings, which is a mix of management and workforce representations. Newer acquisitions migrate to this process as part of the integration process into Brambles. In addition, the Brambles European Works Council, formed in 2004, meets formally on an annual basis and representatives give their views on a range of issues, including health and safety. The last meeting was held in October 2015 and the Group Senior Vice President - Human Resources and other senior management from CHEP and Brambles took part in discussions with Works Council members.

G4-LA6 Type of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and total number of work-related fatalities, by region and by gender
a. Report types of injury, injury rate (IR), occupational diseases rate (ODR), lost day rate (LDR), absentee rate (AR) and work-related fatalities, for the total workforce (that is, total employees plus supervised workers), by:
• Region
• Gender

b. Report types of injury, injury rate (IR), occupational diseases rate (ODR), lost day rate (LDR), absentee rate (AR) and work-related fatalities for independent contractors working on-site to whom the organisation is liable for the general safety of the working environment, by:
• Region
• Gender

c. Report the system of rules applied in recording and reporting accident statistics

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Brambles began collecting safety information by gender in the second half of FY15. For this period, the gender split of BIFR is male 95.6% and female 4.4%.

G4-LA7 Workers with high incidence or high risk of diseases related to their occupation

Report whether there are workers who are involved in occupational activities who have a high incidence or high risk of specific diseases

Brambles Injury Frequency Rate (BIFR) is the primary measure of safety performance across the Group. We have minimal exposure to occupational illnesses; however, any occurrence of occupational illness would be incorporated into BIFR. Examples of improving safety in the workplace in FY15, including improving segregation of pedestrians from vehicles and workers from machinery, which are the greatest risk for potentially fatal or life changing injuries within our facilities, are reported in our 2015 Sustainability Review.

G4-LA8 Health and safety topics covered in formal agreements with trade unions
a. Report whether formal agreements (either local or global) with trade unions cover health and safety

b. If yes, report the extent, as a percentage, to which various health and safety topics are covered by these agreements

The Brambles European Works Council, formed in 2004, meets formally on an annual basis and representatives give their views on a range of issues, including health and safety. The last meeting was held in October 2014 and the Group Senior Vice President - Human Resources and other senior management from Pallets took part in discussions with Works Council members.

ASPECT: TRAINING AND EDUCATION

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G4-LA9 Average hours of training per year per employee by gender, and by employee category

Report the average hours of training that the organisation’s employees have undertaken during the reporting period, by:
• Gender
• Employee category

2015 Sustainability Review 

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G4-LA10 Programs for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings
a. Report on the type and scope of programs implemented and assistance provided to upgrade employee skills

b. Report on the transition assistance programs provided to facilitate continued employability and the management of career endings resulting from retirement or termination of employment

2015 Sustainability Review 

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G4-LA11 Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender and by employee category

Report the percentage of total employees by gender and by employee category who received a regular performance and career development review during the reporting period

2015 Sustainability Review 

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ASPECT: DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

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G4-LA12 Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per category according to gender, age group, minority group membership, and other indicators of diversity
a. Report the percentage of individuals within the organisation’s governance bodies in each of the following diversity categories:
• Gender
• Age group: under 30 years old, 30-50 years old, over 50 years old
• Minority groups
• Other indicators of diversity where relevant

b. Report the percentage of employees per employee category in each of the following diversity categories:
• Gender
• Age group: under 30 years old, 30-50 years old, over 50 years old
• Minority groups
• Other indicators of diversity where relevant

Board of Directors

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ASPECT: EQUAL REMUNERATION FOR WOMEN AND MEN
G4-LA13 Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men by employee category, by significant locations of operation

a. Report the ratio of the basic salary and remuneration of women to men for each employee category, by significant locations of operation

b. Report the definition used for ‘significant locations of operation’

2015 Sustainability Review

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ASPECT: SUPPLIER ASSESSMENT FOR LABOUR PRACTICES

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2015 Sustainability Review

G4-LA14 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using labour practices criteria

Brambles' supplier policy, introduced in 2013, has been integrated into the on-boarding process for new suppliers In Procurement, which is responsible for sourcing raw materials, real estate and business services. This includes the following expectations in relation to the labour practices: 

• The words and actions of our suppliers should show respect for the diverse range of people and cultures with whom we work and for their human rights;

• We expect our suppliers to create and maintain a culture of diversity and inclusion; 

• We expect our suppliers to abide by the same minimum working age requirements outlined in the human rights statement in the Code of Conduct;

• As we must work safely and apply industry best practice to health, safety and wellbeing, so too should our suppliers; and 

• We expect our suppliers to follow the principles outlined in our Zero Harm commitment. Code of Conduct, Schedule 13

G4-LA15 Significant actual and potential negative impacts for labour practices in the supply chain and actions taken

a. Report the number of suppliers subject to impact assessments for labour practices

b. Report the number of suppliers identified as having significant actual and potential negative impacts for labour practices

c. Report the significant actual and potential negative impacts for labour practices identified in the supply chain.

d. Report the percentage of suppliers identified as having significant actual and potential negative impacts for labour practices with which improvements were agreed upon as a result of assessment

e. Report the percentage of suppliers identified as having significant actual and potential negative impacts for labour practices with which relationships were terminated as a result of assessment, and why

Responsibility for managing relationships with suppliers resides with the Group Presidents of each Brambles segment. In FY12, the Pallets segment created a procurement team within the Global Operations function. Procurement is responsible for supplier standards and monitoring performance. In our Supplier policy, contained in our Code of Conduct, we state that we expect our suppliers to follow the principles outlined in our Zero Harm commitment. This includes zero injuries, zero environmental damage and zero detrimental impact on human rights. Code of Conduct, Schedule 13. There were no material breaches of our Code of Conduct, including our supplier policy, in FY15.

SUB-CATEGORY: HUMAN RIGHTS 

ASPECT: EQUAL REMUNERATION FOR WOMEN AND MEN

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G4-HR5 Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labour, and measures taken to contribute to the effective abolition of child labour

a. Report operations and suppliers considered to have significant risk for incidents of:

• Child labour
• Young workers exposed to hazardous work

b. Report operations and suppliers considered to have significant risk for incidents of child labour either in terms of:

• Type of operation (such as manufacturing plant) and supplier
• Countries or geographical areas with operations and suppliers considered at risk

c. Report measures taken by the organisation in the reporting period intended to contribute to the effective abolition of child labour

Brambles' supplier policy, introduced in 2013, has been integrated into the on-boarding process for new suppliers In Procurement, which is responsible for sourcing raw materials, real estate and business services. This includes the following expectations in relation to child labour: 

• We expect our suppliers to abide by the same minimum working age requirements outlined in the human rights statement in the Code of Conduct.

Code of Conduct, Schedule 13. 

There were no material breaches of the Code of Conduct, including matters relating to child labour, in the bi-annual management declarations, or otherwise, in FY15.

ASPECT: FORCED AND COMPULSORY LABOUR

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G4-HR6 Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labour, and measures to contribute to the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour a. Report operations and suppliers considered to have significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labour either in terms of:

• Type of operation (such as manufacturing plant) and supplier
• Countries or geographical areas with operations and suppliers considered at risk

b. Report measures taken by the organisation in the reporting period intended to contribute to the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour

Brambles' supplier policy, introduced in 2013, has been integrated into the on-boarding process for new suppliers In Procurement, which is responsible for sourcing raw materials, real estate and business services. This includes the following expectations in relation to the labour practices: 

• The words and actions of our suppliers should show respect for the diverse range of people and cultures with whom we work and for their human rights;

• We expect our suppliers to create and maintain a culture of diversity and inclusion; 

• We expect our suppliers to abide by the same minimum working age requirements outlined in the human rights statement in the Code of Conduct;

• As we must work safely and apply industry best practice to health, safety and wellbeing, so too should our suppliers; and 

• We expect our suppliers to follow the principles outlined in our Zero Harm commitment. There were no material breaches of the Code of Conduct, including matters relating to forced or compulsory labour, in the bi-annual management declarations, or otherwise, in FY15.

Code of Conduct

Zero Harm Charter

ASPECT: INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

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G4-HR8 Total number of incidents of violations involving rights of indigenous peoples and actions taken

a. Report the total number of identified incidents of violations involving the rights of indigenous peoples during the reporting period

b. Report the status of the incidents and actions taken with reference to:

• Incident reviewed by the organisation
• Remediation plans being implemented
• Remediation plans have been implemented and results reviewed through routine internal management review processes
• Incident no longer subject to action

There were no material breaches of the Code of Conduct, including matters relating to indigenous rights, in the bi-annual management declarations, or otherwise, in FY15.

ASPECT: SUPPLIER HUMAN RIGHTS ASSESSMENT

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2015 Sustainability Review

G4-HR10 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using human rights criteria

Brambles' supplier policy, introduced in 2013, has been integrated into the on-boarding process for new suppliers in Procurement, which is responsible for sourcing raw materials, real estate and business services. This includes the following expectations in relation to human rights: 

• The words and actions of our suppliers should show respect for the diverse range of people and cultures with whom we work and for their human rights;

• We expect our suppliers to create and maintain a culture of diversity and inclusion; 

• We expect our suppliers to abide by the same minimum working age requirements outlined in the human rights statement in the Code of Conduct;

• As we must work safely and apply industry best practice to health, safety and wellbeing, so too should our suppliers; and 

• We expect our suppliers to follow the principles outlined in our Zero Harm commitment. 

Code of Conduct

Zero Harm Charter

G4-HR11 Significant actual and potential negative human rights impacts in the supply chain and actions taken

a. Report the number of suppliers subject to human rights impact assessments

b. Report the number of suppliers identified as having significant actual and potential negative human rights impacts

c. Report the significant actual and potential negative human rights impacts identified in the supply chain

d. Report the percentage of suppliers identified as having significant actual and potential negative human rights impacts with which improvements were agreed upon as a result of assessment

e. Report the percentage of suppliers identified as having significant actual and potential negative human rights impacts with which relationships were terminated as a result of assessment, and why

2015 Sustainability Review - Better Business (supply chain collaboration, people - safety), Better Planet - Materials

Code of Conduct

Zero Harm Charter

Society Performance Indicators
ASPECT: ANTI-CORRUPTION
G4-SO3 Total number and percentage of operations assessed for risks related to corruption and the significant risks identified

a. Report the total number and percentage of operations assessed for risks related to corruption

b. Report the significant risks related to corruption identified through the risk assessment

Brambles Anti-Bribery and Corruption policy is contained within the  Code of Conduct and  applies to all individuals working for or on our behalf at all levels, including senior managers, officers, directors, employees (whether permanent, fixed-term or temporary), consultants, contractors, trainees, seconded staff, casual workers and agency staff, third party service providers, agents, sponsors, or any other person associated with us, wherever located. Compliance with the Code of Conduct, including the Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy, is confirmed through Brambles bi-annual management declaration process.  There were no material breaches of the Code of Conduct, related to corruption and bribery in FY15, and no such matters were identified in the bi-annual management declarations, or otherwise, in FY15.

Code of Conduct

G4-SO4 Communication and training on anti-corruption policies and procedures

a. Report the total number and percentage of governance body members that the organisation’s anti-corruption policies and procedures have been communicated to, broken down by region

b. Report the total number and percentage of employees that the organisation’s anti-corruption policies and procedures have been communicated to, broken down by employee category and region

c. Report the total number and percentage of business partners that the organisation’s anti-corruption policies and procedures have been communicated to, broken down by type of business partner and region

d. Report the total number and percentage of governance body members that have received training on anti-corruption, broken down by region

e. Report the total number and percentage of employees that have received training on anti-corruption, broken down by employee category and region

All employees receive regular training on the Code of Conduct, which includes Brambles Anti-Bribery and Corruption Policy, at regular intervals. Sustainability section of the website: Better Business - Integrity

G4-SO5 Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken

a. Report the total number and nature of confirmed incidents of corruption

b. Report the total number of confirmed incidents in which employees were dismissed or disciplined for corruption

c. Report the total number of confirmed incidents when contracts with business partners were terminated or not renewed due to violations related to corruption

d. Report public legal cases regarding corruption brought against the organisation or its employees during the reporting period and the outcomes of such cases

There were no material breaches of the Code of Conduct, including matters relating to corruption and bribery, in the bi-annual management declarations, or otherwise, in FY15.

ASPECT: SUPPLIER ASSESSMENT FOR IMPACTS ON SOCIETY

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2015 Sustainability Review

G4-SO9 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using criteria for impacts on society

Brambles' supplier policy, introduced in 2013, has been integrated into the on-boarding process for new suppliers in Procurement, which is responsible for sourcing raw materials, real estate and business services. This includes the following expectations in relation to impact on society: 

• All business should be conducted in accordance with the laws and regulations of the countries in which the business is located; 

• We expect our suppliers to compete fairly in the markets in which they operate; 

• Corrupt practices are unacceptable. No bribes or similar payments will be made to, or accepted from, any party. No gifts above a nominal value will be accepted...; and 

• We expect our suppliers to follow the principles outlined in our Zero Harm commitment. 

Code of Conduct

Zero Harm Charter

G4-SO10 Significant actual and potential negative impacts on society in the supply chain and actions taken

a. Report the number of suppliers subject to assessments for impacts on society

b. Report the number of suppliers identified as having significant actual and potential negative impacts on society

c. Report the significant actual and potential negative impacts on society identified in the supply chain

d. Report the percentage of suppliers identified as having significant actual and potential negative impacts on society with which improvements were agreed upon as a result of assessment

e. Report the percentage of suppliers identified as having significant actual and potential negative impacts on society with which relationships were terminated as a result of assessment, and why

2015 Sustainability Review - Better Business (supply chain collaboration; people - safety), Better Planet - Materials

Sustainability section of the website

Code of Conduct - Schedule 13 Supplier Policy

ASPECT: GRIEVANCE MECHANISMS FOR IMPACTS ON SOCIETY

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2015 Sustainability Review

G4-SO11 Number of grievances about impacts on society filed, addressed, and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms

a. Report the total number of grievances about impacts on society filed through formal grievance mechanisms during the reporting period

b. Of the identified grievances, report how many were:

• Addressed during the reporting period
• Resolved during the reporting period

c. Report the total number of grievances about impacts on society filed prior to the reporting period that were resolved during the reporting period

Brambles conducts business in accordance with the laws and regulations of each country in which a Brambles business is located. Brambles did not receive any significant fines or non-monetary sanctions for noncompliance with laws and regulations in FY15. There were no material breaches of the Code of Conduct, including matters relating to impacts on society, in the bi-annual management declarations, or otherwise, in FY15.

SUB-CATEGORY: PRODUCT RESPONSIBILITY

 

ASPECT: CUSTOMER HEALTH AND SAFETY

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2015 Sustainability Review

G4-PR1 Percentage of significant product and service categories for which health and safety impacts are assessed for improvement

Report the percentage of significant product and service categories for which health and safety impacts are assessed for improvement

Sustainability section of the website

Zero Harm Charter

G4-PR2 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services during their life cycle, by type of outcomes

a. Report the total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services within the reporting period, by:

• Incidents of non-compliance with regulations resulting in a fine or penalty
• Incidents of non-compliance with regulations resulting in a warning
• Incidents of non-compliance with voluntary codes

b. If the organisation has not identified any non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes, a brief statement of this fact is sufficient.

Brambles' businesses meet applicable product and service information and disclosure requirements, where relevant to the regulations of the countries in which they operate. Brambles did not receive any significant fines or non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations relating to the provision and use of products and services during the Year.