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2011 GRI Performance Indicators—Economic Performance

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Economic Performance
GRI Indicator Indicator Title 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2011 Goal 2012 Goal
Aspect: Economic Performance
EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed  
  Sales $843,017,000 $1,123,136,000 $1,074,450,000 $1,162,000,000 $967,600,000 $913,100,000 $881,000,000
  Business volume (total operating costs) $760,661,000 $881,224,000 $1,058,584,000 $1,112,400,000 $1,105,500,000 $1,074,800,000 $1,021,000,000
  Employee wages and benefits $454,111,213 $467,328,000 $514,310,000 $547,935,000 $569,172,000 $571,520,000 $593,938,000
  Payments to governments $4,582,000 $4,264,000 $3,759,000 $4,344,850 $1,893,806 N/A N/A
  Community investments1 $2,078,000 $1,844,167 $1,694,167 $1,092,500 $1,059,164 N/A N/A
EC2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organization's activities due to climate change We examine financial implications of for PNNL in the context of new business opportunities for the climate change-related research services we do, ranging from regional climate modeling to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation, buildings and the electricity sectors. We have not yet looked at direct risks of or costs to our operations from regional impacts of climate change. N/A N/A
EC3 Coverage of defined benefit plan obligations PNNL conducts a valuation of employee benefits against external organizations every two years and adjusts to ensure we are competitive. In addition to a number of health and medical benefits, we offer our staff both a defined benefit pension plan and a 401K savings plan.    
  Estimated value of plan liabilities $719,858,828 $764,242,552 $775,117,033 $805,103,296 $985,232,652 N/A N/A
  Percentage of salary contributed by employee or employer PNNL contributions are made at 50% of each individual employee's contribution, up to a maximum of 4% of the employee's salary, We auto enroll new hires at 3% but they can opt out. N/A N/A
  Level of participation in retirement plans Data not available Data not available 90% 92% 96% N/A N/A
EC4 Financial assistance received from government $8,100,000 $20,866.766 $15,291,232 $13,832,400 $11,156,331 N/A N/A
Aspect: Market Presence
EC6 Policy, practices, and proportion of spending on locally-based suppliers at significant locations of operation While PNNL does not have explicit objectives around using local contractors, through our Small Business Program we strive to place a fair portion of our total acquisitions with qualified small businesses. Many of these businesses are local to south-central Washington or the broader Pacific Northwest region.

PNNL also works with small businesses to enhance their capabilities to perform contracts and subcontracts for PNNL, DOE, and other Federal agencies through its Mentor-Protégé Program. Our objective is to foster long-term business relationships and increase the number of small businesses that receive DOE contract and subcontract awards. In addition, the program provides guidance and use of research facilities and staff to assist small business in their respective industries. For more information see

  Small Business 49% 61% 39% 52.3% 54% 50.2% 50.2%
  Small Disadvantaged 14% 9% 10% 10% 7.4% 5.0% 5.0%
  Small Women-Owned 7% 6% 5% 5% 7.7% 5% 5%
  HUBZONE 2% 1% 2% 1% 1% 3% 3%
  Veteran-Owned 6% 4% 6% 5% 5.9% 3% 3%
  Service Disabled Veteran-Owned 0% 1% 1% 2% 2% 3% 3%
EC7 Procedures for local hiring and proportion of senior management hired from the local community at significant locations of operation None. Due to the nature of our organization, we recruit scientists, researchers, and senior managers with highly specialized skill sets. There are often limited academic programs or institutions that specialize in the capabilities we need to support our research, which can require us to search nationally and internationally for qualified candidates. N/A N/A
Aspect: 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 $20,595,228 $11,125,855 $23,071,863 $12,180,155 $12,259,901 N/A N/A
EC1 - Community investments include philanthropic and non-philanthropic community investments made by PNNL, as well as investments made by Battelle. PNNL investments in 2011 focused on STEM education and included support of the Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) partnership, the Mid-Columbia Science Fair, and the DOE Regional Science Bowl. The direct investments from Battelle occur because of Battelle's management role of the Laboratory. During 2011, direct capital investments from Battelle totaled $581,667 to the Kadlec Foundation for the new Pediatric Center, the Hanford Reach Capital Campaign, and the Pacific Science Center for the STEM LASER initiative.
EC4 - Data reported previously was revised due to transposition and reporting errors.
EC8 - This includes community infrastructure investments described in EC1 as well as equipment donations and in-kind technology assistance provided to small businesses.

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