Other reporting and recognition

Transurban reports on a range of governance, compliance and ethics principles in its financial reporting, in particular through our corporate governance statement. We also report to and are assessed by a number of external sustainability frameworks and benchmarks.

 

Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI)

Transurban has completed sustainability reporting and benchmarking activities for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the past ten years, and has been consistently listed on the DJSI Asia-Pacific or DJSI World Leadership Indexes.

The DJSI is rated based on a comprehensive Corporate Sustainability Assessment questionnaire completed by Transurban on a range of economic, environmental and social dimensions.

Transurban’s 2015 submission, placed us in the DJSI Asia-Pacific Leadership Index. This represents the top 20% rated organisations participating in DJSI in the region, and results in Transurban’s inclusion in the corresponding sustainability investment index.  For our 2016 submission we set a stretch target to be included in the World Leadership Index.

FTSE4Good

Transurban has been listed in the FTSE4Good Global Index for twelve years. This index is independently maintained by an external assessor without any direct submission from Transurban. Inclusion in this index also places Transurban within corresponding sustainability investment indexes.

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

Transurban is a signatory member to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the largest corporate responsibility initiative in the world with more than 12,000 participants from more than 170 countries. Our membership represents our commitment to support and contribute towards UN sustainability goals.

Among these goals are the Ten Principles of the UNGC for corporate sustainability, as well as the recently-developed Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN in September 2015 with the aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new UN sustainable development agenda.

Our Sustainability Report forms the basis of our annual ‘Communication on Progress’ to the UNGC, and this year’s report represents our eighth submission since becoming a signatory to UNGC in 2009.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Throughout this report we have communicated our progress on Transurban initiatives that contribute towards the UN SDG. Below is a summary of how our Sustainability Strategy and activities in FY16 broadly aligned with the Goals.

Transurban Sustainability Pillar

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Transurban activities in FY16

Be Good Neighbours

 

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Investing in communities: supporting and volunteering with organisations addressing issues of food relief, homelessness, unemployment and other disadvantages

Social procurement: doing business with social enterprises that support employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Investing in communities: supporting and volunteering with organisations addressing issues of food relief, homelessness, unemployment and other disadvantages

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Health, Safety & Environment: undertaking initiatives to increase the health and safety of Transurban employees, road users and the broader community

Wellbeing: implementing a program and initiatives to support the health and wellbeing of Transurban employees

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Building talent for the future: establishing Transurban’s graduate program, internships and student programs, with particular support for disadvantaged and under-represented groups

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Diversity and Equity: pursuing Transurban’s diversity objective to achieve gender equity at all levels across the business

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Diversity and Equity: pursuing Transurban’s diversity objectives across the Australian and USA arms of our business

Use Less

Clean Water and Sanitation:

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Water and Waste: implementing water reduction initiatives, including re-use of non-potable water and groundwater

Technology integration: developing control systems to reduce water usage

Affordable and Clean Energy:

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

’10 in 10’ energy target: implementing and planning significant energy reduction and efficiency initiatives and installing renewable energy generation capacity

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Use less: focussing on minimising our use of natural resources throughout the business

Infrastructure sustainability: benchmarking and driving down materials consumption and environmental impacts on major construction projects

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Climate change, GHG and air emissions: identifying and adapting to climate change risks, GHG monitoring and reduction initiatives

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Water and Waste: implementing water reduction initiatives, including re-use of non-potable water and groundwater

Think Long Term

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Our people: providing a supportive environment that encourages employees to perform at their best and contribute to the success of the business.

Enhancing our networks: developing projects with broad community benefits including economic growth, employment and enhancing city connectivity

Social procurement: supporting employment opportunities, small business, women and minority-owned businesses and disadvantaged businesses

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Road funding reform: contributing to public discussion of infrastructure policy development

Enhancing our networks: developing innovative transport solutions that will create efficient and safe transport networks

Infrastructure sustainability: embedding sustainability principles and targets into the design, construction and operation of infrastructure

Innovation grants: investing in innovative infrastructure research partnerships

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Strategy: implementing Transurban’s vision ‘to strengthen communities through transport’, and our business strategy to provide effective and innovative urban road infrastructure

Investing in communities: supporting local communities through major partnerships, grants, sponsorships, donations and employee volunteering

Think Long Term: designing and delivering infrastructure that is sustainable over the long term

Technology and innovation: investing in innovative research partnerships and technology

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Investing in communities: supporting and volunteering with organisations on revegetation and biodiversity initiatives

Enhancing our networks: identifying environmental opportunities during project development, such as the supporting the rehabilitation of Hornsby Quarry

Roadside regeneration: undertaking native bush regeneration and creating iconic art installations

 

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Governance: ensuring ongoing commitment to best practice corporate governance, transparency and accountability practices

Procurement at Transurban: promoting sustainable procurement and supply chain practices

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Stakeholder engagement: working with a wide variety of stakeholders, including membership and participation in international sustainability frameworks and commitments.  Ensuring that the SDG are being considered in the ongoing development of infrastructure sustainability frameworks

Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI)

Transurban has consistently been recognised by the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) as an Australian leader in sustainability reporting, for its consistently high level of disclosure of non-financial performance and sustainability risks. This recognises not only our annual Sustainability Report but also the manner in which we disclose sustainability issues in all corporate reporting including financial reports, investor presentations and general business communications.

Transurban has been rated in the ‘Leading’ category for the nine consecutive years in which the ACSI has conducted this research, one of 10 businesses in Australia to maintain this level of quality and consistency.