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How can we be practical yet thorough in identifying material issues?

Mar 23
Date and time
Tue, 23 March  @  15:00  -  16:30
Free of charge to BITC Strategy and Purpose members
BITC members with a strategy and purpose membership, CSR/responsible business practitioners/managers
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BITC members with a strategy and purpose membership and CSR/responsible business practitioners/managers
Free of charge to BITC Strategy and Purpose members

Tue, 23 March 2021  @  15:00  –  16:30

This peer learning forum will focus on how can we be practical yet thorough in identifying our material issues. Those attending will have an opportunity to discuss the practicalities, learnings and good practice of identifying material issues.

About the peer learning forum
Materiality is the process in which an organisation identifies what matters to the business the most and its priority issues. To do this, an organisation needs to understand what is of concern to influential stakeholders (groups or individuals) and the potential impact of these issues to the delivery of business objectives (corporate strategy).

In this forum, we will convene a range of Business in the Community (BITC) members who have been through the materiality process, members who are in the midst of it and also members who are starting out to enable a robust and informative discussion on how organisations can be practical yet thorough in identifying material issues.

This event is free of charge and only open to BITC Strategy and Purpose advisory members. It would be suitable for CSR and responsible business practitioners/managers.

Undertaking a materiality assessment can require many different steps including qualitative analysis, quantitative assessment and discussion. It is important to be realistic and pragmatic about what is achievable based on the company’s resources. It is also important to be mindful of the type and amount of engagement with stakeholders that is appropriate as we continue to deal with a global pandemic.


  • Sara Leung, Communications and Corporate Responsibility Specialist at Secure Trust Bank
  • Sarah Harris, Head of Sustainability at Gymshark

About peer learning forums
BITC’s peer learning forums provide a confidential environment to discuss common issues, good practice and solutions. There will be an emphasis on discussion and sharing experiences.

Contact details and further information
For more information, contact Ellie Jefford, Events Coordinator at BITC. Please note, if you are not a BITC Strategy and Purpose member but are interested in joining this event, sign up and we will be in touch. Alternatively, email Ellie Jefford.

Full joining instructions will be sent before the event.

Following government advice on social distancing, all BITC events over the coming months will be delivered remotely via digital technology.

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