The Davey Tree Expert Company
2016 Corporate Responsibility Report & Materiality
The Davey Tree Expert Company (Davey Tree)—one of the largest employee-owned businesses in the United States—provides tree, utility, lawn care, and environmental consulting services to commercial, residential, and utility markets throughout North America. BrownFlynn has been Davey Tree’s partner in Corporate Responsibility since 2013.
Following the launch of their fourth Corporate Responsibility Report, Davey Tree and BrownFlynn conducted a robust materiality assessment. The assessment gleaned valuable perspective from internal and external stakeholders and prioritized nine material topics to inform Davey’s strategy and strengthen its reporting.
Davey’s 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report, their fifth, used an innovative approach to showcase and align their markets, and material topics, bringing the reader’s attention to Davey’s significant advancement in reporting in line with GRI’s G4 Core Guidelines. The report has been highly praised by leadership, employees, recruiters, and other stakeholders.
BrownFlynn was responsible for content development, copywriting, design, and project management. Additionally, BrownFlynn managed the data collection and calculations process, ensuring reliability and adherence to GRI.
The report leveraged a “city” theme using key Davey markets, with a color palette that merged the traditional Davey green with neutral, built-environment tones—to merge urban and forest spaces. The design showcased strategic highlights of Davey’s natural capital and environmental services in each region.
The 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report demonstrated a marked increase in the breadth of reporting for Davey Tree. Leadership, employees, and external stakeholders consider it to be Davey’s best report to date. Going forward, Davey will establish goals for topic areas and continue to evolve their reporting to meet GRI’s frameworks.
Statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organization about relevance of sustainability to the organization and the organization’s strategy for addressing sustainability
Name of the organization
Primary brands, products, and services
Location of organization’s headquarters
Number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries with significant operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability topics covered in the report
Nature of ownership and legal form
Scale of the reporting organization
Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region, broken down by gender
Percentage of total employees covered by collective bargaining agreements
Description of the organization’s supply chain
Significant changes during the reporting period regarding organization's size, structure, ownership, or supply chain
Whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization
Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or endorses
Memberships in associations and/or national/international advocacy organizations
Entities included in the organization consolidated financial and nonfinancial reports
Process for defining report content
Material aspects identified in the process for defining report content
For each material aspect, the aspect boundary within the organization
For each material aspect, the aspect boundary outside the organization
Explanation of the effect of and reasons for any restatements of information provided in earlier reports
Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope and aspect boundaries
List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization
The basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage
The organization’s approach to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group, and an indication of whether any of the engagement was undertaken specifically as part of the report preparation process
Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organization has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting. Report the stakeholder groups that raised each of the key topics and concerns
Date of most recent previous report
Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents
‘In accordance’ option and GRI Content Index
Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report
Governance structure of organization, including committees of the highest governance body
The organization’s values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics
Disclosure on Management Approach for Aspect
Coverage of the organization’s defined benefit plan obligations.
Financial assistance received from government.
Significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts.
Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender and region.
Average hours of training per year per employee, by gender and by employee category.
Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender and by employee category.