Stakeholder Consultation - Reviewer Comments

2012 Corporate Responsibility Report

Reporting We value transparency and corporate responsibility. Drafting our annual Corporate Consciousness Report is an important way for us to honor the central role that sustainability plays in our everyday work. This report provides a critical way for us to convey who we are as a company and to provide context for our work. Since 2004, we have followed the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines, which establish consistent reporting standards and allow comparability among companies. This report has been designed specifically for our website with interactive content that will invite readers to view small sections at a time and to comment or ask questions. We hope this platform will promote an exchange of ideas on our sustainability efforts among a variety of audiences. More in-depth information is contained in the GRI Report Index. Stakeholder Consultation Our annual reporting process benefited greatly from a stakeholder review convened by Ceres on June 29, 2013. Ceres is a national network of diverse groups dedicated to integrating sustainability into capital markets. We are indebted to them for facilitating stakeholder dialogues to support sustainability reporting. In addition to panel members from Ceres and the consulting community, there were eight business and environmental participants and six interested employees from within Seventh Generation. The feedback was invaluable and we deeply appreciate the review team’s willingness to share their time and insights. We have been able to incorporate many of the team’s comments, are deferring some to future years due to budget and time constraints, and will bring other ideas into our own program evaluations as we set our future priorities. Reviewer Comments Overall: Reviewers appreciated the report’s transparency, engaging tone and the inclusion of stories featuring the voices of several Seventh Generation team members. Reviewers also commented that several sections of the report needed more context to give a better sense of the previous work that laid the groundwork for some of the company’s more recent accomplishments. Interactive links have been added and a Timeline: twenty-five years of firsts on page 10 featuring the evolution of some of the company’s product responsibility initiatives has been added to Vision. Goals: Reviewers liked the company’s aspirations but questioned several of the individual goals as being overly broad (“All industry creates…”), too narrow (“free of chronic toxicants”) and sometimes unclear. 48  Seventh Generation, Inc. | FUTURE TENSE: Corporate Consciousness Report for 2012 Reporting


2012 Corporate Responsibility Report
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