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Why are some issues greyed out?The SASB Standards vary by industry based on the different sustainability-related risks and opportunities within an industry. The issues in grey were not identified during the standard-setting process as the most likely to be useful to investors, so they are not included in the Standard. Over time, as the ISSB continues to receive market feedback, some issues may be added or removed from the Standard. Each company determines which sustainability-related risks and opportunities are relevant to its business. The Standard is designed for the typical company in an industry, but individual companies may choose to report on different sustainability-related risks and opportunities based on their unique business model.
- GHG Emissions
- Air Quality
- Energy Management
- Water & Wastewater Management
- Waste & Hazardous Materials Management
- Ecological Impacts
- Human Rights & Community Relations
- Customer Privacy
- Data Security
- Access & Affordability
Product Quality & SafetyThe category addresses issues involving unintended characteristics of products sold or services provided that may create health or safety risks to end-users. It addresses a company’s ability to offer manufactured products and/or services that meet customer expectations with respect to their health and safety characteristics. It includes, but is not limited to, issues involving liability, management of recalls and market withdrawals, product testing, and chemicals/content/ingredient management in products.
- Customer Welfare
- Selling Practices & Product Labeling
- Labour Practices
- Employee Health & Safety
- Employee Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion
Business Model and Innovation
- Product Design & Lifecycle Management
- Business Model Resilience
Supply Chain ManagementThe category addresses management of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks within a company’s supply chain. It addresses issues associated with environmental and social externalities created by suppliers through their operational activities. Such issues include, but are not limited to, environmental responsibility, human rights, labour practices, and ethics and corruption. Management may involve screening, selection, monitoring, and engagement with suppliers on their environmental and social impacts. The category does not address the impacts of external factors – such as climate change and other environmental and social factors – on suppliers’ operations and/or on the availability and pricing of key resources, which is covered in a separate category.
- Materials Sourcing & Efficiency
- Physical Impacts of Climate Change
Leadership and Governance
- Business Ethics
- Competitive Behaviour
- Management of the Legal & Regulatory Environment
- Critical Incident Risk Management
- Systemic Risk Management
Disclosure Topics (Industry specific) for: Toys & Sporting Goods
Chemical & Safety Hazards of Products
Consumers and regulators expect the Toys & Sporting Goods industry to ensure its products are safe. Whether introduced by design or poor oversight of supply chains, the presence of harmful chemicals in products can have long-term effects on children’s development and health. Faulty or poorly designed products can also create choking, fire or other hazards, which can result in injury or death. The Toys & Sporting Goods industry is subject to extensive product safety regulation to protect children, and evolving science on the safety of certain chemicals will probably lead to additional restrictions. Failure to create products that are safe for consumers may lead to increased regulatory oversight and affect an entity’s social licence to operate. Furthermore, improper product safety testing or evaluation can result in costly recalls, litigation or reputational damage that can affect sales. Entities that effectively manage the design and manufacturing phases to reduce the use of harmful chemicals while eliminating others can mitigate safety risks, potentially improving brand reputation and reducing the cost of capital.
Labour Conditions in the Supply Chain
Labour conditions and the treatment of workers in the industry’s manufacturing supply chain are points of concern for consumers, regulators and entities. Labour issues include worker health and safety standards, compensation, excessive working hours and risks related to discrimination and forced labour. The industry is exposed to these issues because of its reliance on third-party manufacturing where labour standards and regulation enforcement may be weak. Entities also contract with numerous suppliers, adding complexity and transparency challenges. Failure to manage labour conditions can result in supply disruptions, reputational damage and increased regulation and enforcement in response to high-profile safety or labour incidents, strikes and work stoppages, and shifts in consumer demand. Entities that engage with suppliers through audits, partnerships and increased oversight may be better able to pre-empt and react more quickly to labour issues. Entities that effectively manage this issue can protect brand value and reduce their cost of capital.