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Sustainability Reporting

PNNL recognizes the value of using an external standard for sustainability reporting to enable a balanced, transparent, and comparable representation of our organizational performance toward the goal of sustainable development. We use the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines as a framework for measuring and reporting our environmental, social, and economic performance.

Our reports are intended for use by our primary stakeholders our employees, customers, our suppliers, and our community to help illustrate our commitment to sustainability, including our priorities, goals and performance, and to help our stakeholders understand the role they play to help PNNL achieve those goals.

Our most recent sustainability report is below. See the Sustainability Report Archive for past reports.

GRI Application Level

PNNL self-declares that our 2013 Sustainability Report meets the standard set out by GRI for an A level report using the G3.1 Guidelines.

Report Application Levels

GRI Report Index

View the GRI Index for the 2012 report.
View the GRI Index for the 2011 report.

The GRI Index table below provides an overview of our reporting against the GRI G3.1 Guidelines in 2013.

GENERAL STANDARD DISCLOSURES
Profile
Disclosure
Disclosure Level of
Reporting
Location of Disclosure
1. Strategy and Analysis
1.1 Statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organization about the relevance of sustainability to the organization and its strategy Full Director's Message
1.2 Description of key impacts, risks, and opportunities. Full Impacts, Risks, and Opportunities
2. Organizational Profile
2.1 Name of the organization. Full Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
2.2 Primary brands, products, and/or services. Full PNNL Overview
2.3 Operational structure of the organization, including main divisions, operating companies, subsidiaries, and joint ventures. Full PNNL Homepage
2.4 Location of organization's headquarters. Full Richland, Washington
2.5 Number of countries where the organization operates and names of countries with either major operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability issues covered in the report. Full 99.8% of employees are based in 125 locations within the United States; 0.2% of employees are based in 3 location in Europe.
2.6 Nature of ownership and legal form. Full PNNL Overview
2.7 Markets served (including geographic breakdown, sectors served, and types of customers/beneficiaries). Full PNNL Business Facts, Fiscal Year 2013
2.8 Scale of the reporting organization.   PNNL Business Facts, Fiscal Year 2013
2.9 Significant changes during the reporting period regarding size, structure, or ownership. Full No significant changes
2.10 Awards received in the reporting period. Full Awards and Achievements
3. Report Parameters
3.1 Reporting period for information provided. Full Fiscal Year 2013, which runs from October 1 to September 30
3.2 Date of most recent previous report (if any). Full PNNL 2012 Sustainability Report
3.3 Reporting cycle (annual, biennial, etc.). Full Annual
3.4 Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents. Full Mike Moran
(509) 375-2344
3.5 Process for defining report content. Full

GRI Report Content

Sustainability Focus Areas and Goals

3.6 Boundary of the report (e.g., countries, divisions, subsidiaries, leased facilities, joint ventures, suppliers). See GRI Boundary Protocol for further guidance. Full GRI Report Content
3.7 State any specific limitations on the scope or boundary of the report. Full GRI Report Content
3.8 Basis for reporting on joint ventures, subsidiaries, leased facilities, outsourced operations, and other entities that can significantly affect comparability from period to period and/or between organizations. Full GRI Report Content
3.9 Data measurement techniques and the bases of calculations, including assumptions and techniques underlying estimations applied to the compilation of the indicators and other information in the report. Full Noted in footnotes to the GRI Performance Indicator tables
3.10 Explanation of the effect of any re-statements of information provided in earlier reports and the reasons for such re-statement. Full See footnotes to the GRI Performance Indicators
3.11 Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope, boundary, or measurement methods applied in the report. Full GRI Report Content
3.12 Table identifying the location of the Standard Disclosures in the report. Full GRI Index
3.13 Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report. Full We have not sought external assurance for our 2013 GRI report.
4. Governance, Commitments, and Engagements
4.1 Governance structure of the organization, including committees under the highest governance body responsible for specific tasks, such as setting strategy or organizational oversight. Full

Governance

See GRI Performance Indicators Labor Practices and Decent Work - LA13

4.2 Indicate whether the chair of the highest governance body is also an executive officer. Full Governance
4.3 For organizations that have a unitary board structure, state the number of members of the highest governance body that are independent and/or non-executive members. Full Governance
4.4 Mechanisms for shareholders and employees to provide recommendations or direction to the highest governance body. Full Stakeholder Engagement
4.5 Linkage between compensation for members of the highest governance body, senior managers, and executives (including departure arrangements) and the organization's performance (including social and environmental performance). Full Governance
4.6 Processes in place for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided. Full Governance
4.7 Process for determining the composition, qualifications, and expertise of the members of the highest governance body and its committees, including any consideration of gender and other indicators of diversity. Full Governance
4.8 Internally developed statements of mission or values, codes of conduct, and principles relevant to economic, environmental, and social performance and the status of their implementation. Full

PNNL Mission, Vision, Values

Governance

4.9 Procedures of the highest governance body for overseeing the organization's identification and management of economic, environmental, and social performance, including relevant risks and opportunities, and adherence or compliance with internationally agreed standards, codes of conduct, and principles. Full Governance
4.10 Processes for evaluating the highest governance body's own performance, particularly with respect to economic, environmental, and social performance. Full Stakeholder Engagement
4.11 Explanation of whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization. Full Governance
4.12 Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or endorses. Partial

Environmental Management System

Economic Development Collaborators

Institutional Partnerships

Due to the number and complexity of the partnerships, charters, and initiatives in which PNNL participates, PNNL has not disclosed initiation dates, range of stakeholders involve, locations, and the legal nature of all such agreements.

4.13 Memberships in associations (such as industry associations) and/or national/international advocacy organizations. Full

Institutional Partnerships

Economic Development Collaborators

4.14 List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization. Full Stakeholder Engagement
4.15 Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage. Full Stakeholder Engagement
4.16 Approaches to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group. Full Stakeholder Engagement
4.17 Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement and how the organization has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting. Full Stakeholder Engagement
SPECIFIC STANDARD DISCLOSURES
Disclosures on Management Approach
G3.1 DMAs Disclosure on Management Approach Level of Reporting Location of Disclosure
DMA EC Economic Full Key Impacts, Risks, and Opportunities
See Economic content on left navigation bar of sustainability website
DMA EN Environment Full Key Impacts, Risks, and Opportunities
See Environmental content on left navigation bar of sustainability website
DMA LA
DMA HR
DMA SO
DMA PR
Labor
Human Rights
Society
Product Responsibility
Full Key Impacts, Risks, and Opportunities
See Social content on left navigation bar of sustainability website
Performance Indicators
Indicator Disclosure Level of Reporting Location of Disclosure
ECONOMIC
Economic Performance
EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed, including revenues, operating costs, employee compensation, donations and other community investments, retained earnings, and payments to capital providers and governments. Full Economic Performance
EC2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organization's activities due to climate change. Full Economic Performance
EC3 Coverage of the organization's defined benefit plan obligations. Full Economic Performance
EC4 Significant financial assistance received from government. Full Economic Performance
Market Performance
EC5 Range of ratios of standard entry level wage by gender compared to local minimum wage at significant locations of operation. Not reported  
EC6 Policy, practices, and proportion of spending on locally-based suppliers at significant locations of operation. Partial

Economic Performance

We report on procurement from small businesses, which is more relevant to our organization.

EC7 Procedures for local hiring and proportion of senior management hired from the local community at significant locations of operation. Full Economic Performance
Indirect economic impacts
EC8 Development and impact of infrastructure investments and services provided primarily for public benefit through commercial, in-kind, or pro bono engagement. Full Economic Performance
EC9 Understanding and describing significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts. Not reported  
ENVIRONMENTAL
Materials
EN1 Materials used by weight or volume. Full Environmental Performance
EN2 Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials. Full Environmental Performance
Energy
EN3 Direct energy consumption by primary energy source. Full Environmental Performance
EN4 Indirect energy consumption by primary source. Full Environmental Performance
EN5 Energy saved due to conservation and efficiency improvements. Not reported  
EN6 Initiatives to provide energy-efficient or renewable energy based products and services, and reductions in energy requirements as a result of these initiatives. Partial

Building Energy

This represents some of key the energy conservation meausures we implement in our facilities. Estimates of the savings from these measures are not provided due to the complexity of tracking these.

EN7 Initiatives to reduce indirect energy consumption and reductions achieved. Partial

Transportation

This represents some of key the transportation meausures implemented. Estimates of the savings from these measures are not provided.

Water
EN8 Total water withdrawal by source. Full Water Efficiency
EN9 Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water. Not reported No resources believed to be significantly affected.
EN10 Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused. Not reported  
Biodiversity
EN11 Location and size of land owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas. Full Environmental Performance
EN12 Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas. Full Environmental Performance
EN13 Habitats protected or restored. Not reported  
EN14 Strategies, current actions, and future plans for managing impacts on biodiversity. Not reported  
EN15 Number of IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations, by level of extinction risk. Not reported  
Emissions, effluents and waste
EN16 Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight. Full

Environmental Performance

Methodology referenced: Greenhouse gas emissions based on Federal Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting Guidance

EN17 Other relevant indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight. Full

Environmental Performance

Methodology referenced: Greenhouse gas emissions based on Federal Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting Guidance

EN18 Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reductions achieved. Partial

Building Energy

Transportation

Impact of initiatives not quantified due to challenge of separating changes in demand from direct impacts of GHG reduction efforts.

EN19 Emissions of ozone-depleting substances by weight. Full Environmental Performance
EN20 NOx, SOx, and other significant air emissions by type and weight. Full Environmental Performance
EN21 Total water discharge by quality and destination. Full Environmental Performance
EN22 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method. Full Environmental Performance
EN23 Total number and volume of significant spills. Full Environmental Performance
EN24 Weight of transported, imported, exported, or treated waste deemed hazardous under the terms of the Basel Convention Annex I, II, III, and VIII, and percentage of transported waste shipped internationally. Not reported  
EN25 Identity, size, protected status, and biodiversity value of water bodies and related habitats significantly affected by the reporting organization's discharges of water and runoff. Not reported  
Products and Services
EN26 Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts of products and services, and extent of impact mitigation. Full Environmental Performance
EN27 Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category. Full Environmental Performance
Compliance
EN28 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Full Environmental Performance
Transport
EN29 Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials used for the organization's operations, and transporting members of the workforce. Not reported  
Overall
EN30 Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type. Not reported  
SOCIAL: Labor Practices and Decent Work
Employment
LA1 Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region, broken down by gender. Full Labor Practices and Decent Work
LA2 Total number and rate of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender, and region. Full Labor Practices and Decent Work
LA3 Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees, by major operations. Not reported  
LA15 Return to work and retention rates after parental leave, by gender. Full Labor Practices and Decent Work
Labor/management relations
LA4 Percentage of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements. Full Labor Practices and Decent Work
LA5 Minimum notice period(s) regarding significant operational changes, including whether it is specified in collective agreements. Full Labor Practices and Decent Work
Occupational health and safety
LA6 Percentage of total workforce represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees that help monitor and advise on occupational health and safety programs. Not reported  
LA7 Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalities by region and by gender. Partial

Labor Practices and Decent Work

Not tracked and reported by gender.

LA8 Education, training, counseling, prevention, and risk-control programs in place to assist workforce members, their families, or community members regarding serious diseases. Full Labor Practices and Decent Work
LA9 Health and safety topics covered in formal agreements with trade unions. Not reported  
Training and education
LA10 Average hours of training per year per employee by gender, and by employee category. Partial

Labor Practices and Decent Work

Not tracked and reported by gender.

LA11 Programs for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings. Not reported No longer tracked.
LA12 Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender. Partial

Labor Practices and Decent Work

Not tracked and reported by gender.

Diversity and equal opportunity
LA13 Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per employee category according to gender, age group, minority group membership, and other indicators of diversity. Full Labor Practices and Decent Work
Equal remuneration for women and men
LA14 Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men by employee category, by significant locations of operation. Partial

Labor Practices and Decent Work

See explanation in indicator table.

SOCIAL: Human Rights
Investment and procurement practices
HR1 Percentage and total number of significant investment agreements and contracts that include clauses incorporating human rights concerns, or that have undergone human rights screening. Full Human Rights Performance
HR2 Percentage of significant suppliers, contractors and other business partners that have undergone human rights screening, and actions taken. Full Human Rights Performance
HR3 Total hours of employee training on policies and procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations, including the percentage of employees trained. Partial

Human Rights Performance

Total number of hours not tracked.

Non-discrimination
HR4 Total number of incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken. Full Human Rights Performance
Freedom of association and collective bargaining
HR5 Operations and significant suppliers identified in which the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining may be violated or at significant risk, and actions taken to support these rights. Full Human Rights Performance
Child labor
HR6 Operations and significant suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labor, and measures taken to contribute to the effective abolition of child labor. Full Human Rights Performance
Prevention of forced adn compulsory labor
HR7 Operations and significant suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor, and measures to contribute to the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labor. Full Human Rights Performance
Security practices
HR8 Percentage of security personnel trained in the organization's policies or procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations. Not reported  
Indigenous rights
HR9 Total number of incidents of violations involving rights of indigenous people and actions taken. Not reported  
Assessment
HR10 Percentage and total number of operations that have been subject to human rights reviews and/or impact assessments. Full Human Rights Performance
Remediation
HR11 Number of grievances related to human rights filed, addressed and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms. Full Human Rights Performance
SOCIAL: Society
Local communities
SO1 Percentage of operations with implemented local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs. Full Society Performance
SO9 Operations with significant potential or actual negative impacts on local communities. Full Society Performance
SO10 Prevention and mitigation measures implemented in operations with significant potential or actual negative impacts on local communities. Full Society Performance
Corruption
SO2 Percentage and total number of business units analyzed for risks related to corruption. Full Society Performance
SO3 Percentage of employees trained in organization's anti-corruption policies and procedures. Full Society Performance
SO4 Actions taken in response to incidents of corruption. Full Society Performance
Public policy
SO5 Public policy positions and participation in public policy development and lobbying. Full Society Performance
SO6 Total value of financial and in-kind contributions to political parties, politicians, and related institutions by country. Not reported  
Anti-competitive behavior
SO7 Total number of legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices and their outcomes. Full Society Performance
Compliance
SO8 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations. Full Society Performance
SOCIAL: Product Responsibility
Customer health and safety
PR1 Life cycle stages in which health and safety impacts of products and services are assessed for improvement, and percentage of significant products and services categories subject to such procedures. Full Product Responsibility Performance
PR2 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning health and safety impacts of products and services during their life cycle, by type of outcomes. Not reported  
Product and service labelling
PR3 Type of product and service information required by procedures, and percentage of significant products and services subject to such information requirements. Full Product Responsibility Performance
PR4 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning product and service information and labeling, by type of outcomes. Not reported  
PR5 Practices related to customer satisfaction, including results of surveys measuring customer satisfaction. Full Product Responsibility Performance
Marketing communications
PR6 Programs for adherence to laws, standards, and voluntary codes related to marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship. Full Product Responsibility Performance
PR7 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship by type of outcomes. Not reported  
Customer privacy
PR8 Total number of substantiated complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data. Full Product Responsibility Performance
Compliance
PR9 Monetary value of significant fines for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning the provision and use of products and services. Full Product Responsibility Performance
Key
Core Indicator Additional Indicator

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