Reporting principles

Reporting principles in accordance with the GRI standards

Since 2000, Kesko has annually reported on its corporate responsibility actions in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines for reporting on sustainable development. The Sustainability section in Kesko’s integrated Annual Report is prepared in accordance with the GRI standards and it covers the key areas of economic, social and environmental responsibility. For each reported standard, the GRI, UNGC and SDG index refers to the year of the version used.

In our operations, we apply the AA1000 AccountAbility Principles: stakeholder inclusivity, identification of material aspects and responsiveness to stakeholders.

Kesko has taken account of the ISO 26000 standard as a source document providing guidelines for corporate responsibility.

The Sustainability section of the Annual Report has been divided into three subsections: Responsibility programme, Responsibility management and Report profile. The report is published only online, in Finnish and in English.

This report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option. Topic-specific Disclosures are reported with respect to the material topics for Kesko. A comparison of the contents of the report and the GRI standards is given in the GRI, UNGC and SDG index.

Assurance of reporting

An independent third party, PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy, has provided assurance for the performance indicators on economic, social and environmental responsibility in the Finnish language Sustainability section of the Annual Report. The congruence between responsibility information presented in the Finnish and English versions has been checked.

The conclusions, observations and recommendations by PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy are detailed in the assurance report. The assurance is commissioned by the operative management of Kesko Corporation.

Global Compact reporting

The report describes Kesko’s progress on the 10 principles of the Global Compact initiative. The GRI, UNGC and SDG index shows which General Disclosures and Topic-specific Disclosures have been used for evaluating performance in fulfilling human rights, labour rights, environment principles and anti-corruption principles.

Integrated Annual Report

Since 2014, Kesko has taken account of the IIRC (International Integrated Reporting Council) <IR> Framework in its annual reporting.

Report stakeholders

Various stakeholders use the report as their source of information when assessing Kesko’s results in the different areas of responsibility. The most important target groups for the report include investors, owners, analysts and rating agencies, as well as society (the media, authorities, NGOs and other organisations, and trade unions).

Reporting period and contact information

This report describes the progress and results of responsibility work in 2017. It includes some information from January to March 2018.

The report for 2016 was published in March 2017.

The report for 2018 will be published in the spring of 2019.

Further information on the topics covered in the report can be obtained from Kesko’s contact persons.