Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Technology Hardware Sector

Posted on December 1, 2014 by Louis Coppola

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Sustainability – What Matters in the Technology Hardware Sector? 
28-technology-hardwareRecent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Technology Hardware Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 42 global peer organizations publishing GRI reports in the sector.
The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Technology Hardware Sector are:

  1. Prevention of Forced and Compulsory Labor
  2. Child Labor
  3. Products and Services
  4. Customer Health and Safety
  5. Assessment
  6. Transport
  7. Biodiversity
  8. Investment and Procurement Practices
  9. Remediation
  10. Local Communities

Results: The complimentary report examining 35 sectors including top 10 GRI aspects, and top/bottom 10 GRI performance indicators can be downloaded here:
The full rankings for all 84 GRI performance indicators and all 37 GRI Aspects for each of the 35 sectors examined are available for purchase at:
Organizations included in the Technology Hardware Sector study are:
Aegis Limited, Agilent Technologies, Altech, Analog Devices, ARM Holdings, ASML, Assa Abloy, Chungwa Picture Tubes (CPT), Cisco Systems, Inc., Dätwyler Holding, Digicore Holdings Ltd, Dow Corning, Eaton Corp., EMC, Furukawa Electric, Hitachi, Hypertechnologie CIARA Inc. (CIARA), Indústrias Romi, Itautec, Itron, Konica Minolta Group, Lexmark, LG Display, Meyer Burger, National Instruments, NEC Corporation, NVIDIA, PitneyBowes, Protecta Kft., RIM, Samsung, Sonaecom, STMicroelectronics, Straumann Holding, Sumitomo Electric Industries, TDK, TE Connectivity, UMC (United Microelectronics Corporation), Unimicron, Vaisala Oyj, Waters Corporation, Wincor Nixdorf
About G&A Institute (
G&A Institute is a New York-based, private sector company providing sustainability-focused services and resources to corporate and investment community clients, including: Issue Counseling & Sustainability Strategies; Sustainability Reporting; Materiality Assessments; Stakeholder Engagement; Benchmarking; Investor Relations; Communications; Coaching, Team Building & Training;  Issues Monitoring & Customized Research; Third Party Recognitions.  G&A is the exclusive Data Partner for the GRI in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
On the G&A Institute web site there is additional information available on the Fact Sheet: What Matters Project (  The resulting “most important” to “least important” ranking for the 35 sectors is available to media on a case-by-case basis please contact:  Peter Hamilton (

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