The process of defining priorities

In 2012 Enel started a process aimed at mapping and evaluating the most important issues for stakeholders and the company, the so-called materiality analysis. The methodology, which was developed bearing in mind numerous international standards, such as those established through the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI-G4) Guidelines, the new principles of the COP of the UN Global Compact, the framework of the IIRC (International Integrated Reporting Council) and the SDG Compass(1), has gradually developed over time, now enabling us to undertake a thorough analysis in all the companies in the Group. Here below are the main stages in the process.

materiality analysis


In particular in 2015, also thanks to the use of a specific IT support system which was specifically developed by Enel, it was possible to include in the analysis:

35 Companies




The dedicated IT system also enables different views of the results to be obtained in order to enhance the study of the data and carry out, among other things, dedicated analyses by individual stakeholder category: for example in the Group Annual Report 2015, in the section dedicated to Sustainability, attention has been placed on the most important issues for “financial community” stakeholders who are the typical recipients of this document.

The Sustainability Holding Unit has a role in direction and coordination, providing the guidelines and the methodological support for the purposes of the analysis which is carried out by local managers with the involvement of stakeholders and the main key figures in the company. The results obtained at the level of the individual company and/or country are subsequently consolidated by the Holding Unit in order to prepare the Group materiality matrix (refer to the Methodological Note for detailed information on the process used).

(1) The SDG Compass Guide, which was published in November, was developed by the GRI, the UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), with the aim of supporting companies in aligning their strategy with the SDGs and measuring and managing their contribution to these goals.