Schiphol Group is in regular dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders, who together represent a diverse set of priorities and interests. Our stakeholders vary from sector partners and government authorities to Schiphol employees, local residents and passengers.
As important as it is to be aware of trends and developments, we cannot take full advantage of Royal Schiphol Group's unique socio-economic function without first taking into account the needs and opinions of our stakeholder base. In this sense, our function and our responsibilities extend far beyond the Schiphol site. Equally, our regional airports play an important role in their respective regions and in fulfilling our Group mission to connect the Netherlands. We communicate regularly with stakeholders at various levels, addressing a wide range of material aspects.
The frequency and type of contact we maintain with our various stakeholders is diverse. We consult with our sector partners on a daily basis regarding operational and tactical matters, and there is a fixed schedule of consultations aimed at ensuring safe, efficient operations. Schiphol has plans in place to deal with operational disruptions or emergency situations, and we conduct training sessions and assessments with the sector on a consistent basis. We regularly invite our stakeholders to visit our premises and share information about day-to-day activities, laws and regulations, as well as large-scale investments, renovation projects, and other important developments. The Royal Schiphol Group Management Board is actively involved in these exchanges.
Topics addressed in our stakeholder consultations are determined on the basis of the material aspects that guide Schiphol Group and which are reported on in the annual report. The relative interests of stakeholders and Schiphol Group are provided in the 2018 Materiality Matrix. A subject is deemed of material importance (and included in the matrix) when it reflects a significant economic, social or environmental impact of the organisation, or when it influences the decision-making of our stakeholders.
Materiality analysis 2018
Schiphol Group conducts a comprehensive materiality analysis every three years. The most recent analysis took place in 2016, when more than 100 internal and external stakeholders were consulted on the themes they considered to be most important with regard to Royal Schiphol Group. In intervening years, including 2018, a 'light' update is performed.
In 2018, we carried out a qualitative update on the matrix based on developments and discussions taking place during the course of the year. The topics that are discussed in our continuous consultations with our stakeholders, and their impact on Schiphol's policies, are outlined in the table at the end of this chapter. As part of the light update, we carried out a media assessment, the results of which were discussed with colleagues who are in regular contact with stakeholders. The material aspects were confirmed by the members of Schiphol's Management Board. No new aspects were introduced in 2018. The matrix will be updated in 2019, following an extensive consultation among our stakeholders.
Materiality matrix 2018
Safety & Security remains the most important topic for stakeholders, while Airport capacity is also still highly relevant to all stakeholders. Capacity at Schiphol was again tested in 2018: the airport has reached its ceiling of air traffic movements and there is increasing pressure on Schiphol's physical infrastructure. In light of this, we are in the process of building a new pier and terminal and working hard to streamline operations within the terminal building.
In previous years, integrity-related themes had been described under Employment practices and Contracting practices. In 2017, we began grouping these topics together under the material aspect of Integrity.
Community engagement activities and Regional significance have also been given a more prominent position. 2018 saw an active social debate regarding plans to expand our airport operations, with many local residents asking questions and voicing concerns. For this reason, these themes have moved to the right, with Community engagement now falling within the category of high material aspects.
One existing theme has moved quite significantly to a new position in the matrix: CO2 emissions. Schiphol Group has been climate-neutral since 2012, and we are working towards becoming a zero-emissions operation. However, aviation-derived carbon emissions are a growing topic of debate. Without action, the relative emissions impact of aviation could increase; the updated matrix therefore reflects the growing importance of carbon emissions to Schiphol and its stakeholders.
Similarly, Noise has been a source of intense discussion for several decades. In 2018, concerns around noise disturbance were raised in neighbouring communities, also those in the vicinity of Lelystad Airport. We have adjusted the position of Noise in our matrix to reflect these concerns.
Our light update indicated that some topics have become more material in comparison with previous years, leading us to reassess the position of the other topics. In view of this, some topics have become less material and have therefore been moved to the left side of the matrix. Supply chain responsibility is one example of a topic that has grown in importance over the past few years. An integral part of our mission involves looking beyond our own organisation and being able to collaborate with industry partners and other businesses. A number of topics concerning our supply chain are discussed in the other relevant material themes.
Raw materials and residuals has moved to the left but remains part of the category of high material aspects. Circular thinking is increasingly embedded in our design principles and way of working, and we are aiming to achieve zero-waste status by 2030.
Definition of material aspects
Adequate landside accessibility
Availability and quality of (infrastructural) capacity
Annual mean level of particles in the air at and around the airport
Greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming, captured in fossil fuels and usually obtained from coal and natural gas combustion
Dialogue and participation with relevant stakeholders
Trusted and ethically transparent partner
Meeting the needs of airlines, businesses and passengers
Digital solutions to increase capacity and improve processes
Development and training of employees, vitality and inclusiveness
Transparent and ethical behaviour
Financial robustness and shareholder value
Network of destinations
Quality and frequency of destinations
Impact of aircraft noise on surrounding communities
Raw materials and residual flows
Sustainable resource use based on circular economy
Local and regional business climate, employment and economic impact
Safety & Security
Safe and secure operations, safe and healthy airport environment
Supply chain responsibility
Impact on people and environment of our business partners, suppliers and customers
The aspects covered in the materiality matrix relate to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Eindhoven Airport, and will also relate to Lelystad Airport following its expected development. Given the absence of commercial passenger operations at Lelystad in 2018, the airport is not included in the matrix for the material aspects of Network of destinations and Safety. Human Resources data from Lelystad Airport has been included in a quantitative sense; reporting on the other themes is qualitative.
We present our Group performance on the basis of the material aspects, which are clustered as four distinct chapters: (1) Network, capacity and security (2) Portfolio of services, (3) People, environment and community, and (4) Financial and business performance. The high material aspects, presented in the upper right corner of the matrix, are reported according to clear targets and our performance. All aspects include quantitative supporting evidence.
The material aspects link to our five strategic themes, as outlined in the Strategy chapter of the annual report, and to our top risks.
This table lists contact moments for consultations with our stakeholders. These consultations are centred on the stakeholders themselves, many of whom are involved in multiple material aspects, and vary significantly in terms of frequency. Consultations focusing on operational matters often take place several times a day, for example, while those involving special situations might take place only once a year. This overview is not exhaustive. The results achieved for each material aspect are included in the Results chapter of the report.
Impact on Schiphol policy1
Network and special interest organisations
- 1 Not exhaustive.
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