Materiality Assessment

Our stakeholder-engaged approach to materiality will ensure your business focuses on what matters.

We’ll identify and prioritise material ESG risks to your business, and work with you on an action plan to address them.

How we can help

Our ESG experts can: 

  • Identify contemporary industry and emerging risks that are material to your business 
  • Gather internal and external stakeholder opinions 
  • Rank material risks by likelihood and impact to prioritise and focus efforts where they’re most needed 

The process

Our team manages a master list of topics that are material to the travel and tourism industry, and will determine which of these topics are relevant to your business through executive consultation. 

We will identify the key stakeholders, and gather their input on the likelihood and impact of each material topic. The responses from internal and external stakeholders will then be visualised in a matrixed materiality map to prioritise for executive committee review and board approval. 

An action plan will then be developed to address material issues. This will include setting goals, strategies and initiatives relevant to your organisation. 

Materiality should be regularly reviewed to ensure it’s current to rapidly changing market and global environments. 

Why this is good for business and good for the planet

  • Ensure your business focuses on what matters in a time-efficient manner to minimise impact, reduce costs and ensure long-term sustainable operations. 
  • Identify emerging trends and threats to your business and integrate non-financial risks that may have a major impact on your financial performance, value creation and reputation. 
  • Strengthen the business case for ESG action or strategy, inform and enhance communication strategies and get ahead of long-term risks. 
  • Create social and environmental value through a stakeholder-engaged approach to ESG strategy and action.

Get in touch with the EarthCheck team today.


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Dr. Steve Newman
Melinda Watt
Stewart Moore
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"We’re pleased to be working with EarthCheck to ensure we’re incorporating the best ideas, the most effective framework and a high degree of accountability as we work to provide our guests with truly regenerative travel experiences."

Ken Cruse

Soul Community Planet Co-Founder and CEO



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Melinda Watt
Stewart Moore
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