Materiality Assessment Questionnaire

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As our valued stakeholder, we would like to ask you to rate a total of 53 materiality issues divided into the 3 areas – environment, social and governance - with the importance they have to you in your stakeholder role.

You can decide to rate from low, moderate, high to very high. The scoring of the 53 issues should not take you more than 15mins in total.

In case you do not understand a materiality issue, you can find a short explanation below each issue.

Please take this time to help Recover™ understand our stakeholders to be able to align our sustainability strategy with your needs.

Many thanks in advance!

Chief Sustainability Officer, Helene Smits


Score the importance of the following environmental concepts:

• Environmental management

No biodiversity loss and deforestation *

Biodiversity loss includes the worldwide extinction of different species, as well as the local reduction or loss of species in a certain habitat. Deforestation is the removal of a forest from land that is then converted to non-forest use.

Reduce water scarcity *

Water scarcity is the lack of fresh water resources to meet the standard water demand.

Use of sustainable raw materials & packaging *

Sustainable materials are materials used that can be produced in required volumes without depleting non-renewable resources and without destroying the environment and key natural resource systems.

Building climate resilient businesses *

Climate resilience is the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to hazardous events, trends, or disturbances related to climate.

Use of clean production technologies *

Clean production technology, is any process, or machine that reduces negative environmental impacts (e.g. through significant energy efficiency improvements).

Developing products for a circular economy *

The circular economy is a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible. In this way, the life cycle of products is extended.

Hazardous substance management *

A hazardous substance is any substance that poses a threat to human health and the environment.

• Energy

Energy saving measures *

Energy saving measure means the acquisition and installation, of an energy conservation measure and any attendant architectural and engineering consulting services.

Use of renewable energy *

Renewable energy is energy that is collected from renewable resources that are naturally replenished on a human timescale (e.g. sunlight, wind, the movement of water, and geothermal heat).

• Waste streams

Proper wastewater treatment *

Wastewater treatment is a process used to remove contaminants from wastewater and convert it into an effluent that can be returned to the water cycle.

Reduction and recycling of waste *

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects.

Air emissions reduction (GHG & air pollutants) & proper treatment *

Emission Reduction means the mitigation or abatement of Greenhouse Gas or Airborne Contaminant emissions.

Responsible cotton dust management *

Cotton dust is the main waste from Recover´s fiber production.

Microplastics elimination *

Microplastics are extremely small pieces of plastic debris in the environment resulting from the disposal and breakdown of plastic products and industrial waste.

No marine pollution *

Marine pollution occurs when substances used or spread by humans (e.g. industrial and residential waste, excess carbon dioxide, invasive organisms) enter the ocean and cause harmful effects there.

• Transportation

Low-emission worker commuting *

Low-emission commuting is looking at sustainable transport like the use of public transport, or car sharing.

Sustainable business travel management *

Sustainable business travel is concerned with managing the costs, the social impacts and environmental consequences generated by the use and frequency of different modes of business travel.

• Supply Chain

Environmentally compliant suppliers  *

Environmental compliance means conforming to environmental laws, regulations, standards, Recover´s Code of Conduct and other requirements such as site permits to operate.

Supply chain emissions (scope 3) management *

Scope 3 emissions are the result of activities from assets not owned or controlled by the reporting organization, but that the organization indirectly impacts in its value chain.


Score the importance of the following social concepts:

• Social Compliance

Guaranteed Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining *

The right of individual employees in a workplace to choose a representative, based on a majority vote, who will then negotiate with their employer over terms and conditions of employment.

No child labor *

The employment of children in an industry or business. A child is any person who is below the age of 15.

No forced labor *

Forced labor is work that is performed involuntarily and under the menace of any penalty. Workers shall not be required to lodge deposits or identity papers with their employer and shall be free to leave their employer after reasonable notice.

Payment of living wages *

A living wage is defined as the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet their basic needs and save some discretionary income.

Responsible overtime working hours management *

Recover´s Code of Conduct specifies that overtime shall not exceed 12 hours per week (total working hours per week including overtime shall not exceed 60 hours).

Regular employment *

Regular employment means that obligations to employees under international conventions, national law and regulations concerning regular employment and social security laws shall not be avoided through the use of short-term contracting, sub-contractors, home-working, apprenticeship schemes or other labor relationships.

• Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diverse and inclusive workforce *

Diversity is the practice of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.. Inclusion is about how well the contributions, presence and perspectives of different groups of people are valued and integrated into an environment.

No discrimination *

Discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, age, sex, or disability.

Equal pay *

Equal pay for equal work is the concept of labour rights that individuals in the same workplace be given equal pay - independent of their sex, or any other differentiating personal characteristics.

No harrassment & abuse *

This includes actions of abuse, harassment and intimidation such as: verbal abuse; physical attacks; being stalked; threats of harm; distribution of misinformation; inappropriate emails, letters, phone calls and communications on social media; sexual harassment etc.

• Health & Safety & Wellness

Safe conditions at work *

Workplace safety refers to the working environment at a company and encompasses all factors that impact the safety, health, and well-being of employees.

Stress & Mental Health management *

Mental health encompasses emotional, psychological, and social well-being, influencing cognition, perception, and behavior.

Possibility for flexible work arrangements *

A flexible work arrangement empowers an employee to choose what time they begin to work, where to work, and when they will stop work.

Effective and trustworthy grievances handling *

Grievance handling is the management of employee dissatisfaction or complaints (e.g. favouritism, workplace harassment, or wage cuts).

• Community

Socio-economic impact on the local community *

Socio-economic impact can be positive or negative, intended or unintended, temporary or sustainable over time (e.g.decreases in hunger and the incidence of disease).

Employee Engagement

Building an agile and innovative workforce through upskilling *

An agile workforce helps organizations improve their delivery of products or services by providing them with the flexibility to respond to changes quickly.

Attracting and retaining talent *

Talent attraction is a term used to describe luring the most desirable candidates to a specific employer and incentivizing them to apply for work with implied and envisioned benefits.

• Supply Chain

Sustainable procurement practices *

Sustainable procurement practices are being transparent with the suppliers, giving enough time to deliver, and having a responsible exit strategy.

Socially compliant suppliers  *

Social compliance means compliance to local social laws, regulations, standards and Recover´s Code of Conduct.

Traceable supply chains *

Supply chain traceability is the process of tracking the provenance and journey of products and their inputs, from the very start of the supply chain through to end-use.


Score the importance of the following governance concepts:

• Organizational Structure

Equal and diverse board composition *

Equal, diverse board composition aims to cultivate a broad spectrum of demographic attributes and characteristics in the boardroom.

ESG oversight by the board *

ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) is an umbrella term that refers to specific data designed to be used by investors for evaluating the material risk that the organization is taking on.

Transparent and fair board remuneration *

Boards' remuneration refers to how board directors of a company are compensated by a company for their services.

Structured organizational nomination, performance management and compensation processes *

Compensation processes are used to determine new compensation amounts and awards for employees. Performance management is a corporate management tool that helps managers to monitor and evaluate employees' work.

Risk management and control systems *

The purpose of control and risk management is to ensure that the company's operations are effective, that financial and other information is reliable, and that the company complies with the relevant regulations and operating principles.

• Privacy

Data protection and security *

Data security refers specifically to measures taken to protect the integrity of the data itself against manipulation and malware. It provides defense from internal and external threats.

Customer privacy *

Consumer privacy, also known as customer privacy, involves the handling and protection of the sensitive personal information provided by customers in the course of everyday transactions.

Whistleblower protection *

A whistleblower is a person, often an employee, who reveals information about activity within a private or public organization that is deemed illegal, immoral, illicit, unsafe or fraudulent.

• Business Conduct

Compliance with regulations and responsible practices *

Regulatory compliance is an organization's adherence to laws, regulations, guidelines and specifications relevant to its business processes.

Sustainable strategy and business model *

A sustainable business strategy is a set of actionable steps that a company takes to improve their impact on the community and the environment.

Sustainable expansion *

Sustainable expansion means fostering economic growth and development, while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services on which our well-being relies.

Political contributions & lobbying activities for recycled fiber *

Lobbying, is any attempt by individuals or private interest groups to influence the decisions of government.

Anti-bribery and anti-corruption *

Anti-corruption & anti-bribery laws/standards prohibit the payment of anything of value by persons or entities to foreign government officials or employees of state-owned enterprises to obtain a benefit.

Green marketing and labelling *

Green marketing is generally practical, honest, and transparent, and it means that a product or service meets the following criteria: Manufactured in a sustainable fashion.

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