Material Issues Management
We developed a questionnaire and surveyed the 9 types of stakeholders and internal executives to understand the extent of stakeholder concern on each sustainability issue, as well as the external economic, environmental and social impacts of Evergreen Marine operations. The sustainable development of an enterprise involves a wide range of issues. We have generalized 21 sustainability issues from the characteristics of the industry, international tendency, and important facets of sustainability. These issues included corporate governance, economic issue, environmental issue, labor and human rights issue, social issue, product liability issue, etc.
In 2020, Evergreen Marine reexamined the external stakeholder survey and distributed 22 copies of questionnaires about issues of concern to internal executives. Analysis of survey responses from the seven types of stakeholders with a higher degree of relationship yielded a ranking of 21 issues by degree of concern and degree of impact. A materiality matrix was then drawn up using these results.
Evergreen defined material issues as those that ranked highly in terms of stakeholder concern or impact or operations, or those that ranked as high in one or moderate in the other. In line with the trends on sustainability disclosure and important impacts of the industry, the Company has identified seven material issues, namely shipping management, compliance, operating performance, ethical corporate management, risk control, emissions and pollution management, and ship safety. To ensure that all material sustainability issues are properly managed, Evergreen has established complete management policies as well as measurement and management systems for the aforesaid eight material issues. We also follow up annual performance and set goals for the future in the hope to make improvement in all aspects every year