2015 Sustainability Report

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Materiality

Our 2015 report is the first to follow the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, which require a much more robust process to determine material aspects than previous versions.
 
For this report, members of our Sustainability Committee and report team used a variety of sources to identify our material aspects and boundaries. These included the following:
  • Customer feedback on our sustainability performance through both formal and informal means;
  • Sustainability information that various ranking organizations use to determine PPG’s performance;
  • Feedback on our prior sustainability reporting;
  • Media coverage of our company globally;
  • Engagement with our communities;
  • Insight from our senior management team; and
  • Our sustainability goals.
     
The following are the material aspects that form the basis of our 2015 report.
 

Material Aspect

Internal Boundary

External Boundary

Economic performance All businesses Shareholders
Energy All manufacturing operations None
Water All manufacturing operations, particularly those located in waster-stress regions of the world Communities surrounding our locations that are in water-stressed regions
Emissions All manufacturing operations Communities surrounding our locations
Effluents and waste All manufacturing operations Communities surrounding our locations
Health and safety All locations The families of our people
Local communities All locations Communities surrounding our locations
 
 
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