Assessing Materiality Prioritizing what matters most
We are prioritizing the opportunities and challenges in sustainability that matter most to our stakeholders and business. In 2014, we embarked on an in-depth assessment, working with third-party experts to identify and evaluate an extensive list of environmental, social, governance, economic and other issues that could impact our company and the people our business touches around the world.
We collected input and feedback from a variety of external stakeholders and business partners across Gap Inc. In addition, we drew on the insights that we have gathered from years of visiting factories and interviewing the people who make our clothes, as well as from running our own employee programs. Our participation in various industry and multi-stakeholder initiatives added further perspective on key issues.
We are prioritizing the opportunities and challenges in sustainability that matter most to our
stakeholders and business.
We evaluated issues based on the magnitude, likelihood and time horizon of their potential impacts on stakeholders and our business.
Through this process, we identified 15 sustainability-related aspects that guide our strategy and grouped them into three categories: Governance & Operating Context; Human Rights & Social Impact; and Resource Use, Scarcity & Impacts. The chart below shows these aspects and where they occur within and outside of Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. Global Sustainability Materiality Assesment
|Materiality Category & Aspect||Within Gap Inc.||Outside Gap Inc.|
|Governance & Operating Context|
|Corporate Governance||Global Operations||Customers, Supply Chain, Communities|
|Country/Regional Legal & Economic Conditions||Global Operations||Supply Chain|
|Radical Transparency||Global Operations||Customers, Supply Chain, Communities|
|Technology & Product Innovation||Global Operations||Supply Chain|
|Resiliency||Global Operations||Supply Chain|
|Human Rights & Social Impacts|
|Worker Rights & Well-being||Global Operations||Supply Chain|
|Income, Wages & Inequality||Global Operations||Customers, Supply Chain, Communities|
|Human Capital & Development||Global Operations||Supply Chain|
|Diversity & Inclusion||Global Operations||Supply Chain, Communities|
|Reputation & Consumer Engagement||Global Operations||Customers, Supply Chain, Communities|
|Resource Use, Scarcity & Impacts|
|Water Stewardship||Global Operations||Customers, Supply Chain, Communities|
|Chemicals & Toxics Management||Global Operations||Customers, Supply Chain, Communities|
|Energy & Climate Stewardship||Global Operations||Customers, Supply Chain, Communities|
|Waste & End of Life||Global Operations||Customers, Supply Chain|
|Sustainable Materials Sourcing||Global Operations||Supply Chain, Communities|