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Sampo plc’s Board of Directors is responsible for and has the ultimate oversight of group-level sustainability, containing the entire range of environmental (incl. climate change), social, and governance matters.
The Board also approves the sustainability report annually. Sustainability-related questions are included in the performance evaluation of Sampo plc’s Board of Directors in order to increase the board-level focus on these matters. The self-assessment is independent and completed annually. The board has assigned its Audit Committee to monitor Sampo Group’s sustainability reporting and activities. Sustainability is also regularly on the agenda of the Audit Committee meetings.
The Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO), who is a member of the Sampo Group Executive Committee, directs Sampo plc’s Sustainability unit. The CFO also ensures that adequate reporting on sustainability matters is provided to the Group CEO and President.
The Sustainability unit of Sampo plc, led by the Head of Sustainability, is responsible for the development and coordination of sustainability at group level. The unit prepares the group level sustainability reporting and the sustainability programme, which sets the direction for the Group’s sustainability work. In addition, the unit sets schedules and requests, provides group-level guidance to the subsidiaries, and organises regular sustainability meetings.
At each subsidiary, various business areas, operational departments, and units are actively involved in the Group’s sustainability endeavours and reporting. Group-level sustainability reporting is largely based on information provided by the subsidiary companies according to formats and schedules defined by Sampo plc’s Sustainability unit. Each subsidiary is responsible for its respective reporting to the parent company to ensure correctness of information. In addition to group-level sustainability governance, each Group company has its own internal governance structures.
Information on If, Topdanmark, Hastings, and Mandatum’s sustainability governance can be found in their respective reporting.
Sustainability Organization and Reporting Structure
Sampo Group has a sustainability programme, which drives group-level sustainability work. The programme consists of strategic sustainability themes and under each theme the most material sustainability topics have been identified using materiality analysis. The programme also links the sustainability work to the business operations of the Group companies, as well as to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Representatives from all Sampo Group companies have been involved in drafting the programme and analysing the material topics. In addition, regulatory requirements regarding current and future sustainability reporting, industry best practices, relevant reporting frameworks (e.g., the GRI Standards, the TCFD), and the views of various ESG rating agencies have been taken into account.
The sustainability programme is intended as a common tool and guideline for the Group companies’ sustainability organisations. The sustainability programme evolves, as common projects are completed and targets reached, or new priorities emerge. Every three years the program undergoes a bigger update.
All themes and topics of Sampo Group’s current sustainability program are presented in the infographic Strategic sustainability themes and objectives. There is also a more detailed internal version of the programme available. In addition to the elements shown in the infographic, the internal version includes detailed activities under each theme, targets for the activities, an overall timetable, and a division of responsibilities between Sampo plc and the Group companies.
Strategic sustainability themes and objectives, Sampo Group