Ingersoll Rand conducted a comprehensive materiality assessment in 2014, which served as the basis for this year’s Sustainability Supplement.

Materiality Process

We proactively engaged with key external and internal stakeholders to identify the most material sustainability-related topics and metrics for operations strategy as well as public disclosure. Consistent with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines, our selection of stakeholders to engage was based on five criteria pertaining to their relationship with Ingersoll Rand:

  1. Responsibility
  2. Influence
  3. Proximity
  4. Dependency
  5. Representation

The external stakeholders who provided direct feedback included customers, supply chain partners, industry groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local community organizations, investors, rating agencies and regulators. With support from an independent consulting firm, we engaged with these stakeholders through interviews and surveys, augmented by secondary research on our suppliers and distributors as well as our peer companies and competitors. Internally, we received feedback at various levels, including from leaders of strategic business units. In addition, interviews were conducted with four members of our External Sustainability Advisory Council.

The results of our 2015 assurance can be found here.

Overview of Methodology

Materiality Methodology

The content of this supplement reflects our effort to synthesize GRI sustainability indicators and materiality criteria with metrics we believe are relevant and material to Ingersoll Rand and its stakeholders, based on our 2014 materiality assessment. In addition, the materiality indicators covered by this supplement mirror the feedback and insights we gather through ongoing external and internal stakeholder interactions at every level and at all of our locations around the world. As a consequence, we believe this supplement is appropriately balanced in its focus on the sustainability issues most important to our stakeholders and most critical to our business.

We believe the sustainability-related issues of greatest importance to Ingersoll Rand and our stakeholders are :
  1. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Strategy
  2. Energy-Efficient Products
  3. Technology and Innovation

Also included in this supplement is information about certain issues in different quadrants of our materiality matrix. We consider these issues important to our business, and disclose them publicly on an ongoing basis.

In the matrix below, material aspects are defined as those that are in the upper right-hand quadrant when mapped against increasing importance to the business and increasing importance to stakeholders, as follows:

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Energy-Efficient Products
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Company Energy Use
  • Product Lifecycle
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Nexus Opportunities
  • Public Policy
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Innovation for Developing Markets
  • Product Reliability
  • Material Traceability and Sourcing
  • Product End-of-Life Considerations
  • Materials Used
  • Base of the Pyramid Solutions

2015 Materiality Matrix Graphic

Our materiality matrix depicts the issues that were identified as material during our 2014 materiality assessment and their importance to our business and to stakeholders. The issues indicated in white are being used to guide our reporting.

Materiality Matrix