William Hughes Impahla Clothing
About the organization <ul><li>Privately Owned, African, garment manufacturing and branding company based in Cape Town, So...
About the organization <ul><li>(- continued) </li></ul><ul><li>The first  Carbon Neutral Garment Manufacturer in South Afr...
Identifying stakeholders <ul><li>Brainstorming session. </li></ul><ul><li>List all individuals and organizations that have...
Prioritizing key stakeholders <ul><li>Issues to consider </li></ul><ul><li>All stakeholders are important, although some a...
Prioritizing key stakeholders <ul><li>Issues to consider (- continued) </li></ul><ul><li>Rank stakeholders in order of imp...
Dialoguing with stakeholders – how? <ul><li>Regular structured meetings. </li></ul><ul><li>Ad hoc informal gatherings. </l...
Dialoguing – Fundamentals <ul><li>Transparency. </li></ul><ul><li>Openness. </li></ul><ul><li>Honesty. </li></ul><ul><li>3...
Main challenges and lessons learnt <ul><li>Time. </li></ul><ul><li>Inexperience. </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder buy-in. </l...
Conclusion <ul><li>Thank you all for listening </li></ul><ul><li>Impahla Clothing would appreciate feedback on all matters...
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GRI Conference - 28 May - Hughes - Learn how to get stakeholder input for sustainability reports

  1. 1. William Hughes Impahla Clothing
  2. 2. About the organization <ul><li>Privately Owned, African, garment manufacturing and branding company based in Cape Town, South Africa. </li></ul><ul><li>Supplier to world class brands such as PUMA AG (the first World Cat Strategic Supplier in South Africa). </li></ul><ul><li>Sales Turnover of just over Euro 2 million. </li></ul><ul><li>Dec 2009 employee population of 176 employees (up from 88 in 2008). </li></ul>
  3. 3. About the organization <ul><li>(- continued) </li></ul><ul><li>The first Carbon Neutral Garment Manufacturer in South Africa due to an effective carbon foot printing exercise by Carbon Calculated, and an off-set partnership with Food & Trees for Africa. </li></ul><ul><li>Recipient of a 2009 Sustainability Reporting Award (runner-up) from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Identifying stakeholders <ul><li>Brainstorming session. </li></ul><ul><li>List all individuals and organizations that have any contact with or influence over your business, or who your business can impact. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suppliers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bargaining Councils </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GRI </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Prioritizing key stakeholders <ul><li>Issues to consider </li></ul><ul><li>All stakeholders are important, although some are ‘more important’ than others. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify your ‘Most Material Issues’. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify key stakeholders who can impact, or are impacted by, your MMI’s. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Prioritizing key stakeholders <ul><li>Issues to consider (- continued) </li></ul><ul><li>Rank stakeholders in order of importance. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the stakeholders-specific MMIs. </li></ul><ul><li>Find common ground. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on these issues for the benefit of all concerned. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Dialoguing with stakeholders – how? <ul><li>Regular structured meetings. </li></ul><ul><li>Ad hoc informal gatherings. </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences. </li></ul><ul><li>Award Ceremonies. </li></ul><ul><li>Listening to…not just ‘talking at’…stakeholders. </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing of information…all information deemed ‘material’. </li></ul><ul><li>Effective sustainability reporting. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Dialoguing – Fundamentals <ul><li>Transparency. </li></ul><ul><li>Openness. </li></ul><ul><li>Honesty. </li></ul><ul><li>3rd Party Interventions. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Main challenges and lessons learnt <ul><li>Time. </li></ul><ul><li>Inexperience. </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder buy-in. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple and flexible. </li></ul><ul><li>Involve as many stakeholders as possible in the process. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell it as it is. </li></ul><ul><li>The importance and benefits of improved communication, particularly with employees and customers. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Conclusion <ul><li>Thank you all for listening </li></ul><ul><li>Impahla Clothing would appreciate feedback on all matters relating to Sustainability Reporting. </li></ul><ul><li>Please direct to [email_address] </li></ul>

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