The Planet & Society Barometer presentation
What is the Barometer for?
Schneider Electric launched its sustainable development approach in 2002 by creating a department for the Group, signing up to the 10 Principles of the Global Compact and publishing a first report dedicated to these issues. We were then faced with a two-pronged question:
The response we found was to create the Planet & Society Barometer: a composite indicator updated every quarter, included in the company program scorecard, and rendered as a score out of 10 and as a performance display panel.
Constantly improving our sustainability performance
The Planet & Society Barometer has been Schneider Electric's sustainability scorecard since 2005. It presents the Group sustainable development objectives for 3 years and the quarterly results of the key performance indicators.
The Planet & Society Barometer aims to mobilize Schneider Electric around sustainable development objectives and to communicate the company's results to its stakeholders.
There are no recognized standards that define an organization’s sustainability performance. The Planet & Society Barometer is Schneider Electric’s response to this matter. It allows the Group to meet its sustainability challenges and advance on the three pillars (Planet, Profit and People).
It provides Schneider Electric’s stakeholders with two main pieces of information:
All the Planet & Society Barometer targets are voluntary; none of them is in response to legal requirements. The scope of the performance monitoring is Group. The indicators are audited every year by an independent external society (limited assurance).
Selection of the Key Performance Indicators
For each company program, the Group defines a new Planet & Society Barometer. The improvement plans (indicators and objectives) are elaborated following an internal exercise to identify sustainability issues based on external inputs, primarily the assessments and ratings received, and a consultation with the departments directly concerned by the improvement plans. The Sustainable Development Department presents the draft version of the Planet & Society Barometer to the Executive Sustainability Committee, composed of the three Executive Committee members in charge of Strategy, Global Supply Chain and Human Resources, for approval before the launch of the company program.
Four cases can occur from one Barometer to the next:
Calculating the score
The results for each of the key performance indicators (expressed in tons of CO2 emissions, growth points, number of employees, percentages…) are converted into a score out of 10 (not presented in the Barometer). The Planet & Society Barometer score is composed of the equally weighted average of the scores of all indicators. Schneider Electric decided to start the Planet & Society Barometer with an initial score of 3/10 to enhance the work already undertaken in the relevant fields. The Group wishes to attain a score of 8/10 at the end of each company program.
The Planet & Society Barometer score is one of the indicators of the company program, which sets the strategic priorities of the Group for 3 years. The Barometer is administered and promoted by the Sustainable Development Department. The departments directly concerned with the key performance indicators (Human Resources, Environment, Services & Projects, Foundation, etc.), each represented by a coordinator, implement the actions that facilitate progress. This coordinator works in direct contact with the company's local managers in their respective fields. The results of Schneider Electric entities are consolidated to give the performance for the whole Group on each of the improvement plans.
External verification of the indicators
All the key performance indicators of the Planet & Society Barometer are verified by an external auditor as part of a limited assurance on the procedures and the results.