The company was also on the verge of closing a major corporate acquisition. The target and acquiring company each had independent sustainability reports, which had to be transferred to an integrated sustainability report as part of the annual report as part of the upcoming post-merger integration.
One of the two project objectives comprised the sustainability targets, measures and indicators agreed to by the Board of Management and the business units. This further operationalized the original sustain-ability strategy, which was based on key sustainable development goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations. A second project objective included a fully integrated sustainability report, certified by an external auditor, as part of the annual report.
The project assignment spanned 10 months and was accompanied by three consultants.