How to create your materiality analysis

In this article, you will learn how to set up the basis of your materiality analysis.

In order to start with your materiality analysis, you need to define your topic mapping. The topic mapping constitutes the basis of the materiality analysis on Datamaran. It is a crucial step that requires consensus in terms of 1) the wording of issues that will be displayed on the matrix and 2) the topics underlying each of these issues.

Datamaran suggests data-driven, industry-specific topic mappings curated by our data scientists to provide you with a solid foundation to start your materiality analysis. 

Based on the initial values from previous years’ reports, our data scientists have identified default weights for the topics underlying each issue by industry, and excluded topics irrelevant for your industry. With this approach, the topics that are less relevant to your industry will now by default have a lower weight. In contrast, the topics with a higher weight are the ones that are more relevant to your industry and we strongly recommend to include them in your analysis. 

To create a new analysis:

  1. Go to the Materiality Module.
  2. Create a new analysis.
  3. When you create a new analysis, you will have two options: 
      1. Create from template
      2. Create new
  4. We recommend choosing “Create from template”, and select your industry to use the default mapping as a base to build your own mapping.
  5. If you select “Create new”, you’ll have a completely blank mapping with no pre-set aggregation of topics.
  6. The video below shows you how to use the Mapping and Topic Weight features.