In early 2016, we conducted a new materiality assessment to inform our sustainability strategy and develop the foundation of future sustainability reporting by identifying and prioritizing the sustainability topics that are the most important to CA Technologies and to our stakeholders.
As part of the materiality refresh, we evolved our methodology, while using the topics universe identified in 2013 as the starting point of the analysis. We also undertook a peer review assessment of key suppliers, customers and influencers within the industry. This approach allowed us to track the changing priorities of the issues.
Recently, the issues of talent have become more prominent, and are reflected in the rising importance of the following issues as material to our business and industry: attraction and retention; diversity and inclusion; and STEM education. The issues of cybersecurity and privacy have also become top-of-mind for all stakeholders since the previous assessment.
As part of the materiality assessment, we conducted interviews with key internal stakeholders from across CA to assess the relative importance of sustainability issues. The same participants completed a survey in which they ranked a subset of the topics universe based on their determination of each topic’s importance to the business. The interview process allowed participants to highlight topic areas that were not included in the shortlist in the survey. In addition to a growing emphasis on environmental topics, interviews with key internal stakeholders in 2015 revealed a strong emphasis on the sustainable future growth of CA Technologies as it proactively helps customers secure their IT environments and succeed in the application economy.
We continue to engage with our stakeholders—as well as with the industry as a whole—to update our strategy around materiality and ensure that our focus remains aligned with the most pressing issues.