Report Structure and Material Aspects
In accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines, we used our 2015 materiality assessment to inform this report. The materiality assessment (see graphic at right) allows us to achieve our goal of identifying aspects that are important to our company and our stakeholders.
With the goal of conducting a thorough review of our 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report and identifying opportunities for improvement, we engaged a consultant to review the report and benchmark the reports of leading industry peers. Recommendations for improvement, which we have considered in our 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report, include:
- Continue to find opportunities to connect sustainability initiatives to business value and priorities.
- Continue to work on material issues that were identified in 2015 by engaging with external and internal stakeholders, including employees.
- Consider the goal structure of the Environment section to be a best practice for incorporation in other sustainability areas.
- Find greater content balance across material issues.
- Use strong infographics and imagery.
- Continue to engage an external review panel to provide feedback on material issues and the overall report.
This report reflects G4 methodology, and we will continue to revisit our materiality assessment regularly with stakeholders to ensure that our efforts reflect environmental, social and governance priorities at Northrop Grumman.
Per the GRI, material aspects are those that reflect significant economic, environmental and social impacts to Northrop Grumman, or substantively influence the assessments and decisions of stakeholders.