Reading Guide

The principal objective of this Annual Report is to inform stakeholders (interested parties) about GasTerra's vision and activities. As corporate social responsibility is embedded in the conduct of GasTerra employees, the company reports the financial and social elements in one annual report.

Structure

GasTerra has translated the three fundamental principles of CSR into three target areas that tie in with the company's activities – Gas, Green and Groningen – where Gas stands for the operating result, Green for our ambition to bring about a responsible energy transition, and Groningen for the community that we are part of. All of GasTerra's activities can be traced back to these pillars and so this Annual Report is built around Gas, Green and Groningen.

Guidelines

GasTerra publishes an annual report every year. This Annual Report covers the 2016 calendar year. No significant changes have occurred with respect to the scope, limits, formulation and measurement methods applied since the previous report (2015 calendar year, Annual Report published on 18 February 2016).

The 2016 Annual Report was prepared based on the fourth generation of guidelines for corporate sustainability reporting (GRI G4). We hereby report at core level.  Our reporting is also in accordance with the statutory requirements for annual reporting laid down in Book 2, Title 9, Article 391 of the Dutch Civil Code. The GRI Index shows which GRI indicators the company has included in its report. This has subsequently been verified by our auditors, EY.

In addition to the guidelines for corporate sustainability reporting, we also test our Annual Report against the transparency benchmark of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Our 2015 Annual Report scored 163 out of 200 points. GasTerra aims to achieve scores of between 150 and 170 points in future years as well.

Reporting principles

Reporting principles
Information Definition/calculation method
Sickness absence (in %) The number of calendar days (including weekends) lost due to sickness in the observation period, divided by the number of staff (in full-time equivalents), multiplied by the number of calendar days in the observation period.
Average absenteeism rate The average number of times that an employee reports sick per year.
Gas consumption The gas consumption of the GasTerra offices at Stationsweg in Groningen according to the final settlement from the energy supplier.
Electricity The electricity consumption of the GasTerra offices at Stationsweg in Groningen according to the final settlement from the energy supplier.
Water consumption The water consumption of the GasTerra offices at Stationsweg in Groningen according to the final settlement from the water company.
Paper consumption The paper consumption according to the readings from the supplier of the copy machines.