Global Reporting Initiative Index

This index was developed to help our interested readers compare the information in Ashland's online sustainability report on our website with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines.

This report is in accordance with the “core” option of the G4 guidelines.

General Standard Disclosures

Profile Description Location Comments
STRATEGY & ANALYSIS
G4-1 Statement from senior decision-maker. Chairman's Message  
G4-2 Key impacts, risks and opportunities. Risk & Opportunities  
ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE
G4-3 Name of the organization. Ashland Inc.  
G4-4 Primary brands, products, and/or services. Company Profile  
G4-5 Location of organization's headquarters. Ashland is headquartered in Covington, KY, U.S.A.  
G4-6 Countries of operation. Company Profile  
G4-7 Nature of ownership and legal form. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ASH, Ashland Inc. is incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (U.S.A.).  
G4-8 Markets served. Company Profile  
G4-9 Scale of the reporting organization. Annual Report (Inside front cover)  
G4-10 Total workforce by employment type, gender, employment contract and region. Employees  
G4-11 Percentage of total employees covered by collective bargaining agreements. Human Rights  
G4-12 Describe the organization's supply chain. Supply Chain Management  
G4-13 Significant changes during the reporting period. Annual Report (see Corporate Developments)  
G4-14 Whether or how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization.environmental Report Profile Ashland supports the precautionary principle. Consistent with that principle, we advocate a risk-based approach to our operations through our extensive management systems.
G4-15 Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or endorses. External Commitments  
G4-16 Memberships in associations and/or advocacy organizations. External Commitments  
IDENTIFIED MATERIAL ASPECTS & BOUNDARIES
G4-17 Entities included in the organization's consolidated financial statements. Annual Report  
G4-18 Process for defining the report content. Material Aspects & Boundaries  
G4-19 List material aspects identified. Material Aspects & Boundaries  
G4-20 Aspect boundary within the organization. Material Aspects & Boundaries  
G4-21 Aspect boundary outside the organization. Material Aspects & Boundaries  
G4-22 Explanation of any re-statements of information in earlier reports. There are no restatements.  
G4-23 Significant changes from previous reporting periods. There are no significant changes.  
STAKEHOLDER AGREEMENT
G4-24 List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization. Engaging Stakeholders  
G4-25 Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage. Engaging Stakeholders  
G4-26 Approaches to stakeholder engagement. Engaging Stakeholders  
G4-27 Key stakeholder topics and concerns and organization response. Engaging Stakeholders  
REPORT PROFILE
G4-28 Reporting period. Ashland's fiscal and reporting year is Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015.
This overview covers metrics and activities during Ashland's fiscal year, unless otherwise stated.
 
G4-29 Date of the most recent previous report. Ashland's prior report was published in 2015, covering fiscal-year 2014 data.  
G4-30 Reporting cycle. The reporting cycle will be annual and based on Ashland's fiscal year.  
G4-31 Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents. Roland Mostovy
Manager, Sustainability
1005 U.S. 202/206
Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807
+1 (908)243-3538
rmostovy@ashland.com
 
G4-32 Table idenfying the location of the Standard Disclosures in the report. GRI Content Index  
G4-33 Policy and practice with regard to external assurance for the report. External Assurance  
GOVERNANCE
G4-34 Governance structure of the organization. Governance  
G4-35 Process for delegating authority for economic, environmental and social topics from the highest governance body to senior executives and other employees. Governance  
G4-36 Executive-level position with responsibility for economic, environmental and social topics. Governance  
G4-37 Processes for consultation between stakeholders and the highest governance body on economic, environmental and social topics. Governance  
G4-38 Composition of the highest governance body and its committees. Governance  
G4-39 Report whether the chair of the highest governance body is also an executive officer and, if so, his or her function within the organization’s management and the reasons for this arrangement. Governance  
G4-40 Nomination and selection processes for the highest governance body and its committees. Governance  
G4-41 Processes in place for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided Governance  
G4-42 The highest governance body’s and senior executives’ roles in the development, approval, and updating of the organization’s purpose, value or mission statements, strategies, policies, and goals related to economic, environmental and social impacts. Governance  
G4-43 The measures taken to develop and enhance the highest governance body’s collective knowledge of economic, environmental and social topics. Governance  
G4-44 Process for the evaluation of the highest governance body’s performance particularly with respect to economic, environmental and social performance Governance  
G4-45 The highest governance body’s role in the identification and management of economic, environmental and social impacts, risks, and opportunities Governance  
G4-46 The highest governance body’s role in reviewing the effectiveness of the organization’s risk management processes for economic, environmental and social topics. Governance  
G4-47 The frequency of the highest governance body’s review of economic, environmental and social impacts, risks, and opportunities. Governance  
G4-48 The highest committee or position that formally reviews and approves the organization’s sustainability report and ensures that all material aspects are covered. Governance  
G4-49 Process for communicating critical concerns to the highest governance body. Governance  
G4-50 The nature and total number of critical concerns that were communicated to the highest governance body and the mechanism(s) used to address and resolve them. Governance  
G4-51 Remuneration policies for the highest governance body and senior executives. Governance  
G4-52 Process for determining remuneration. Governance  
ETHICS AND INTEGRITY
G4-56 Describe the organization’s values, principles, standards and norms of behavior, such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics. Ethics & Compliance  
G4-57 Internal and external mechanism for seeking advice on ethical and lawful behavior, and matters related to organizational integrity, such as help lines or advice lines.

Ethics & Compliance

Vision, Mission, & Values

 
G4-58 Internal and external mechanisms for reporting concerns about unethical or unlawful behavior, and matters related to organizational integrity, such as escalation through line management, whistle blowing mechanisms or hotlines. Ethics & Compliance  
SPECIFIC STANDARD DISCLOSURES
ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE
G4-EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed. Annual Report  
G4-EC2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organization due to climate change.

Annual Report

 
G4-EC3 Coverage of the organization's defined benefit plan obligations.

Annual Report

 
ENVIRONMENTAL
MATERIALS
G4-EN1 Materials used by weight or volume. Supply Chain Management  
G4-EN2 Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials.

Waste Management

Products

 
ENERGY
G4-EN3 Energy consumption within the organization. Energy  
WATER
G4-EN8 Total water withdrawal by source. Water  
BIODIVERSITY
G4-EN11 Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent, to protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas. Land & Biodiversity  
G4-EN12 Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas. Land & Biodiversity  
G4-EN13 Habitats protected or restored. Land & Biodiversity  
EMISSIONS
G4-EN15 Direct #4ccedehouse gas emissions (Scope 1). Emissions  
G4-EN16 Energy indirect #4ccedehouse gas emissions (Scope 2). Emissions  
EFFLUENT AND WASTE
G4-EN23 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method. Waste Management  
G4-EN24 Total number and volume of significant spills. Environmental Compliance  
G4-EN25 Weight of transported, imported, exported or treated waste deemed hazardous under the terms of the Basel Convention Annex I, II, II, and Viii and percentage of transported waste shipped internationally. Waste Management  
PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
G4-EN27 Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts of products and services. Product Stewardship  
G4-EN28 Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category. Waste Management Ashland does not measure this indicator. However, we optimize packaging where it saves packaging and raw materials.
COMPLIANCE
G4-EN29 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Environmental Compliance  
SUPPLIER ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
G4-EN32 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using environmental criteria. Supply Chain Management  
SOCIAL
LABOR & DESCENT WORK
EMPLOYMENT
G4-LA2 Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employee, by significant location of operation. Employees  
LABOR/MANAGEMENT RELATIONS
G4-LA4 Minimum notice periods regarding operational changes, including whether these are specified in collective agreements.   Ashland keeps its employees well informed of operational changes through a variety of communication channels. We communicate business and functional specific news through the following venues: our corporate intranet site, messages from our leaders, town halls, web casts, on-line forums, newsletters and mailings. Although there is no minimum time frame for notifying employees, Ashland makes every effort to provide a reasonable amount of notice to all employees when there is a significant change. Ashland complies with all regulations regarding notice to employees in countries where we operate.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
G4-LA5 Percentage of total workforce represented in formal joint management–worker health and safety committees that help monitor and advise on occupational health and safety programs. Health & Safety  
G4-LA6 Type of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and total number of work-related fatalities, by region and by gender. Health & Safety  
G4-LA7 Workers with high incidence or high risk of diseases related to their occupation Health & Safety  
G4-LA8 Health and safety topics covered in formal agreements with trade unions.   Ashland does not collect this information at this time. All of our employees are covered by Ashland's safety programs and Zero Incident Culture.
TRAINING AND EDUCATION
G4-LA9 Average hours training per year per employee by gender, and by employee category. Continuing Education There are extensive voluntary and compulsory/regulatory training programs delivered each year across the organization. Yet, as the records are not maintained in a centralized manner for all courses, we cannot report this information on a global level for all company employees. We will investigate the possibility of reporting this information in the future. Depending on the topic, various trainings on compliance are offered to 100% of Ashland employees.
G4-LA10 Programs or skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings. Continuing Education  
G4-LA11 Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews by gender and employee category. Employees During fiscal year 2015, 71 percent of Ashland's employees worldwide, excluding those covered by collective bargaining units, received annual performance appraisals.
G4-LA14 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using labor practices criteria. Supply Chain Management  
HUMAN RIGHTS
INVESTMENT
G4-HR2 Total hours of employee training on human rights policies or procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations, including the percentage of employees trained. Continuing Education  
FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
G4-HR4 Operations and suppliers identified in which the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining may be violated or at significant risk, and measures taken to support these rights. Human Rights  
CHILD LABOR
G4-HR5 Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labor, and measures taken to contribute to the effective abolition of child labor. Human Rights  
FORCED OR COMPULSORY LABOR
G4-HR6 Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor, and measures to contribute to the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labor. Human Rights  
G4-HR8 Total number of incidents of violations involving
rights of indigenous people and actions taken.
  Ashland has no violations involving the rights of  indigenous people.
G4-HR10 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using human rights criteria. Supply Chain Management  
SOCIETY
LOCAL COMMUNITIES
G4-SO1 Percentage of operations with implemented local community engagement, impact assessments and development programs. Process Safety  
G4-SO2 Operations with significant potential or actual
negative impacts on local communities.

Security, Process Safety, Responsible Care

 
ANTI-CORRUPTION
G4-SO4 Communication and training on anti-corruption policies. Ethics & Compliance  
PUBLIC POLICY
G4-SO6 Total value of political contributions by country and recipient/beneficiary.   Ashland corporate policy prohibits the use of corporate funds to make campaign contributions. Ashland maintains two federal political action committees (PACS) in the United States: the Ashland Inc. Political Action Committee for Employees  (PACE) and the Hercules Incorporated Voluntary Political Action Committee, as well as two state PACs in Kentucky and Ohio.
G4-SO9 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using criteria for impacts on society. Supply Chain Management  
PRODUCT RESPONSIBILITY
CUSTOMER HEALTH AND SAFETY
G4-PR1 Percentage of significant product and service categories for which health and safety impacts are assessed for improvement. Product Stewardship  
PRODUCT AND SERVICE LABELING
G4-PR3 Type of product and service information required by the organization's procedures for product and service information and labeling, and percentage of significant product and service categories subject to such information requirements. Product Stewardship