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How to analyze the strategic implications of material issues for your company.

This article will help you learn how to analyze the results of your materiality analysis and understand the implications of material issues for your company.

Once you have identified your material issues, you can use the summary table to identify the relevance of the issues by source.

You can use the arrows next to the name of the column to prioritize the issues and identify the most relevant issues for each of your external stakeholders.

It is particularly interesting when you want to:

  • Analyze your top material issues:
      • Use the Benchmark Module and heatmap to identify which companies mention the underlying topics with a high level of emphasis in their financial reports or SEC filings (showing it is a financial concern or risk for the company).
      • Use the Observe Module and find interesting examples of recent mandatory regulations that stand out (look for civil files and criminal sanctions).
      • Use the Search Module on News and look for articles showing that your peers have made public commitments on the issue.

 

  • Spot emerging issues:
      • Identify and discuss the issues on the matrix that are currently underestimated internally (top left corner).
      • Identify and discuss the issues in the table that are not that important overall externally (<0.5), but still have high scores (>0.7) in the voluntary regulation, social media or news.

 

  • Analyze emerging issues:
      • Use the Observe Module and find interesting examples of recent voluntary regulations (introduced or updated after 2015) that stand out (look for frameworks or guidelines).
      • Use the Search Module and identify if any of your peers have already disclosed on the issue following these frameworks or guidelines. 

Use the Search Module and look at the evolution of the number of articles related to the issue over the past years.

The Datamaran team has designed a document to guide you in your analysis through the different databases. Follow the steps in this document to deepen the analysis of the topics underlying your material issues.