Vivendi’s non-financial reporting is a management tool used by the Group to improve its risk management and to capitalize on opportunities. By defining the formal scope of responsibility of the media sector and cultural industries, Vivendi has created an innovative non-financial reporting system that clearly indicates the positioning, opportunities and risks for the Group to its stakeholders.
In the Vivendi “Communication on Progress” report, prepared every year as part of its adherence to the Global Compact in 2008, Vivendi reports on its implementation of the ten principles within its sphere of influence, and in particular provides clear information on the first objective, which relates to human rights. In this report, the Group presents all the CSR initiatives to which it is committed (including diversity of cultural expression, local capacity for content production, access to information and communications technologie, promotion of heritage and protection of young people).
In 2009, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) invited Vivendi to become a founding member of an international working group responsible for devising quantitative and qualitative sector indicators for the media industry. In May 2012, this work resulted in the publication of a “sector supplement” following GRI’s reporting guidelines. This is a significant advance in the reporting process for the media sector. Several topics are included: freedom of expression, editorial independence, the representation of cultures, protection of personal data, accessibility, taking into account the protection of young audiences, responsible marketing and media education.
Vivendi adopted the same innovative approach when implementing the French Grenelle II law, by fitting societal information into themes that are specific to the content industries sector.
The three strategic issues, for which Vivendi has collected data since 2004, are related to human rights and are presented in the section “Other actions undertaken to promote human rights” (referenced in the French Grenelle II law):
The Protocol for reporting environmental, social, and societal data on Vivendi Group companies is annually updated leading to exchanges with the subsidiaries. The Protocol enables Vivendi to meet the requirements of Article 225 of the French Grenelle II law and includes the media sector supplement of the GRI, to which Vivendi actively contributed. A Steering Committee made up of members of the General Management and functional departments (Legal, Human Resources, and CSR) regularly evaluates reporting improvements within the Group (please refer to Integrated reporting pilot project).
The Statutory Auditors assessed the relevance and materiality of all non-financial information identified and defined in Vivendi’s Reporting Protocol. For fiscal year 2013, one-third of this data is presented in chapter 2 of the Annual Report 2013, and as such, was audited by Ernst & Young.
In the media and cultural industries sector, Vivendi has pioneered the reporting and verification of indicators directly related to its activities.
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