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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) G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines as a framework for measuring and reporting our environmental, social, and economic performance.

GRI Application Level

PNNL self-declares that our 2011 Sustainability Report meets the standard set out by GRI for an A+ level report. This assessment is supported by a third party verifier, as described in their External Assurance Letter.

Report Application Levels

GRI Report Index

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

GRI Disclosure Description 2011 Report
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 Message from the Director
1.2 Description of key impacts, risks, and opportunities. Message from the Director
Sustainability Performance Scorecard
Enviromental Stewardship
Social Responsibility
Economic Prosperity
Organizational Profile
2.1 Name of the organization. PNNL Overview
2.2 Primary brands, products, and/or services. PNNL Overview
2.3 Operational structure of the organization, including main divisions, operating companies, subsidiaries, and joint ventures. PNNL Homepage
PNNL Overview
2.4 Location of organization's headquarters. 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. 99.9% of employees are based in 118 locations within the United States; 0.1% of employees are based in 1 location in Europe.
2.6 Nature of ownership and legal form. PNNL Overview
2.7 Markets served. PNNL Overview
2.8 Scale of the reporting organization. 2011 GRI Performance Indicators
2.9 Significant changes during the reporting period regarding size, structure, or ownership. No significant changes
2.10 Awards received in the reporting period. Awards and Achievements
Report Parameters
3.1 Reporting period for information provided. Fiscal Year 2011, which runs from October 1 to September 30
3.2 Date of most recent previous report (if any). PNNL 2010 Sustainability Report
3.3 Reporting cycle. Annual
3.4 Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents. Mike Moran
(509) 375-2344
3.5 Process for defining report content. GRI Report Content
Sustainability Performance Scorecard
3.6 Boundary of the report. GRI Report Content
3.7 State any specific limitations on the scope or boundary of the report. 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. 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. Greenhouse gas emissions based on Federal Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Reporting Guidance
Others found in footnotes to the 2011 GRI Performance Indicators
3.10 Explanation of the effect of any re-statements of information provided in earlier reports and the reasons for such re-statement. 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. GRI Report Content
3.12 Table identifying the location of the Standard Disclosures in the report. GRI Index
3.13 Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report. External Assurance
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. Governance
4.2 Indicate whether the chair of the highest governance body is also an executive officer. Laboratory Leadership
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. Laboratory Leadership
4.4 Mechanisms for shareholders and employees to provide recommendations or direction to the highest governance body. 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). Governance
4.6 Processes in place for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided. Governance
4.7 Process for determining the qualifications and expertise of the members of the highest governance body for guiding the organization's strategy on economic, environmental, and social topics. 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. 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. Governance
4.10 Processes for evaluating the highest governance body's own performance, particularly with respect to economic, environmental, and social performance. Stakeholder Engagement
4.11 Explanation of whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization. Governance
4.12 Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or endorses. GRI Index
Environmental Management System
Economic Development Collaborators
Institutional Partnerships
4.13 Memberships in associations and/or national/international advocacy organizations. Institutional Partnerships
4.14 List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization. Stakeholder Engagement
4.15 Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage. Stakeholder Engagement
4.16 Approaches to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group. 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. Stakeholder Engagement
Disclosures on Management Approach Environmental
Society and Labor
Product Responsibility

Human Rights
Environmental Stewardship
Economic Prosperity
Social Responsibility
Message from the Director
Environmental Stewardship
Social Resonsibility
Diversity & Accessibility
Performance Indicators Economic
Human Rights
Product Responsibility
GRI Performance Indicators Table

PNNL Sustainability