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Sustainability Report
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2016 Sustainability Report
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Material Issues

The issues identified for this report have been cross-referenced to the SASB and GRI Standards, along with topic boundaries. A Boundary Assessment for each issue determined that the outcomes of the original assessment have not changed as to its relevance to Vermilion or the stakeholders throughout our value chain. 102-49

For each issue, we have reevaluated whether they were of high, medium or low impact on Vermilion, and high, medium or low impact from the perspective of our key stakeholder groups. As a result, we have adjusted our materiality matrix, reflecting an increased importance of regulatory frameworks and community support, for example, and an increasing focus on water management, biodiversity and supply chain risk.

We use the following parameters to assess the level of impact on Vermilion:

  • Critical or immediate (12-month) risk to health & safety, environmental management, financial performance, reputation, employee relations, community relations, or social license to operate
  • Strong opportunity to significantly increase financial performance or operational efficiency
  • Likely reflected in externally and internally stated policies and/or commitments
  • Important but not critical risk; risk may be mid-term (1-3 years)
  • Good opportunity to increase financial performance or operational efficiency
  • Likely reflected in internally stated policies and/or commitments; may be included in external policies and/or commitments


  • Small or no risk; risk may be longer term (3-10 years)
  • Does not apply in our geographic operating areas or to our business
  • Small or no opportunity to increase financial performance or operational efficiency
  • May or may not be reflected in policies and/or commitments


We use a similar approach to assessing potential impact of these issues on stakeholders. We analyze our engagement results with different groups of stakeholders, to identify issues and rate their importance reflecting the critical/high, important/medium, and small/low definitions from the table above. We also take into consideration how directly affected the stakeholders were (for example, employees and fenceline communities are more directly affected by Vermilion's operations than NGOs). We then integrate those results to identify where issues had a common impact or concern spanning several key stakeholder groups. 102-46 102-47

The resulting summary of all GRI Aspects is contained in our full GRI Materiality Analysis, which you can find in our additional information.102-47 103-1

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