Material issues

Identifying our material issues

In 2015 we engaged an independent third party to help us assess the material sustainability issues for our business.

Based on an analysis of the areas of most concern to our external stakeholders, and a review of our company policies, activities, and priorities, we identified a shortlist of 19 issues that are most relevant to the sustainability of our business.

Through further consultation with senior leaders at Pearson, we narrowed these down to nine issues we believe are most material at this time. Finally, we consulted with external experts to confirm our prioritization.

To determine materiality, we took into account:

  • The degree of influence and immediacy of opportunity we have to tackle the issues
  • The risk posed to our business, considering what steps we are already taking to address the issues
  • The relative impact of the issues on maintaining or building our reputation and business success.

Learn more in our 2015 GRI tables.

Learn more about Global Reporting Initiative’s G4

Our stakeholders

Our engagement process is ongoing and includes a wide range of Pearson stakeholders, both internal and external.

Prioritizing our material issues

The following matrix shows how we mapped our 19 shortlisted material issues, and highlights the nine that we have deemed to be most material for the purpose of our sustainability strategy, planning, and reporting at this time.

We will evaluate, refine, and talk with stakeholders about our material issues on an ongoing basis, in the spirit of continuous iteration and improvement.

Transforming Our Impact

Pearson sustainability report 2015