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2 About GRI The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) promotes the use of sustainability reporting as a way for organizations to become more sustainable and contribute to a sustainable global economy. GRI s mission is to make sustainability reporting standard practice. To enable all companies and organizations to report their economic, environmental, social and governance performance, GRI produces free Reporting Guidelines. GRI is a not-for-profit, network-based organization; its activity involves thousands of professionals and organizations from many sectors, constituencies and regions. Contact: Vision A sustainable global economy where organizations manage their economic, environmental, social and governance performance and impacts responsibly, and report transparently. Mission To make sustainability reporting standard practice by providing guidance and support to organizations. ABOUT GRI S RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PUBLICATIONS GRI s Research and Development publications investigate issues around reporting, and suggest innovative ways to apply GRI s Reporting Framework, including with other standards. Copyright This document is copyright-protected by Stichting Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The reproduction and distribution of this document for information is permitted without prior permission from GRI. However, neither this document nor any extract from it may be reproduced, stored, translated, or transferred in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopies, recorded, or otherwise) for any other purpose without prior written permission from GRI. Global Reporting Initiative, the Global Reporting Initiative logo, Reporting Guidelines, and GRI are trademarks of the Global Reporting Initiative. Disclaimer Neither the GRI Board of Directors, the Stichting Global Reporting Initiative or its project partners can assume responsibility for any consequences or damages resulting, directly or indirectly, from the use of GRI publications. The findings and views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views, decisions or the stated policy of GRI or project partners, nor does citing of trade names or commercial processes constitute endorsement GRI
3 Content Executive Summary 5 1. Introduction 7 2. Methodology and Process Preparatory Phase (July - September 2012) 8 Establishment of the Project Advisory Committee Creation of a Activity Group List Identification of Relevant Sources of Information 2.2 Information Gathering Phase (28 September 14 December 2012) 10 External Input GRI Internal Desk Research 2.3 Information Analysis Phase (December 2012 April 2013) 10 Analysis - Step 1 Analysis - Step 2 Analysis - Step 3 Analysis - Step 4 3. Analysis of Results Data Overview Results Project Contributors and Information Sources 18 Advisory Committee 18 Technical Review 18 Information Sources Topics by Activity Group 19 Annexes 139 Topics for Sectors: What do stakeholders want to know? 3
5 Executive Summary Research Objective The main objective of this project was to collect documentation from different stakeholder groups identifying sustainability topics considered to be relevant by them in relation to the different business activity groups. Key Findings As a result of this global research, this publication presents: Lists of relevant sustainability topics for different business activities identified by five stakeholder groups - business associations, labor representatives, civil society organizations, information users, and experts Links to an online list of references that support the topics included A list of organizations that were researched or that provided information In total, 194 organizations related to the different stakeholder groups either contributed directly or were researched as part of this effort. This research generated 2812 topics which were related to 52 business activity groups. Over 600 documents support the 1612 unique topics that have been identified through this process. All material received and researched which supports the content published here can be viewed on the GRI website https://www.globalreporting.org/reporting/reporting-support/ publications/research-and-development-publications/pages/ default.aspx This research has collected information related to the following business activity groups: Aerospace and Defense Air Freight Transportation and Logistics Food Production - Animal Source Food Production Forest and Paper Products - Forestry, Timber, Pulp and Paper, Rubber Public Agencies Real Estate Air Transportation - Airlines Gas Utilities Retailing Air Transportation - Airport Services Ground Transportation - Highways and Railtracks Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment Automobiles and Components Banks, Diverse Financials and Insurance Ground Transportation - Railroads Transportation Ground Transportation - Trucking Transportation Software and Services Solid Waste Management Utilities Building Products Healthcare Equipment and Supplies Specialized Consumer Services Chemicals Healthcare Providers and Services, and Healthcare Technology Technology Hardware and Equipment Construction Materials Home Building Telecommunication Services Construction and Engineering Consumer Durables, Household and Personal Products Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure, and Tourism Services Media Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Luxury Goods Tires Containers and Packaging Mining - Iron, Aluminum, Other Metals Tobacco Education Services Mining - Coal Trading Companies and Distributors, and Commercial Services and Supplies Electric Utilities and Independent Power Producers and Energy Traders Mining - Other (Rare Minerals, Precious Metals and Gems) Water Transportation - Ports and Services Topics for Sectors: What do stakeholders want to know? 5
6 Electrical Equipment and Machinery NGO Water Transportation - Water Transportation Food and Beverage Processing Oil and Gas Water Utilities Food and Consumer Staples Retailing Food Production - Agricultural Production Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Life Sciences Professional Services Specific content for each activity group can be found from page 19 onwards 6 Topics for Sectors: What do stakeholders want to know?
7 1. Introduction The identification of potentially material topics by sector or industry which are internationally accepted is fundamental for high quality sustainability reporting, both for organizations that report and for users of the reports, and aids other management activities which aim to evaluate the sustainability performance of companies. In the last 10 years, GRI has been working with a large number of organizations in this field, developing the GRI Sector Supplements called Sector Disclosures in the G4 Guidelines context. Part of this work has entailed discussions with a variety of investors, rating agencies, regulators, companies, and several other stakeholders, about the need to establish an international reference list of relevant sustainability topics, taking into consideration the different stakeholders perspectives. The reasons to establish such a list are that: 1. The identification of those relevant sustainability topics which are potentially critical for the organizations strategies and for society s development would help organizations to identify material topics to be reported on. This, in turn, would improve the quality of sustainability reports and, consequently, their value for information users. 2. Multi-stakeholder efforts, such as those that are the basis for the development of GRI Guidelines, are fundamental in identifying potentially material topics for organizations in general. When considering the international sustainability agenda, it is also very important to recognize that many relevant material topics are sector related. As a contribution to the advancement of understanding of this matter, in July 2012 GRI initiated a research project to map the sector specific topics that had already been identified by different stakeholders. As a result of this global research, this publication presents: Lists of relevant sustainability topics for different business activities identified by five stakeholder groups - business associations, labor representatives, civil society organizations, information users, and experts Links to an online list of references that support the topics included A list of organizations that were researched or that provided information. The lists provide a good indication of the current relevant published sustainability concerns, associated with each business activity group, from the perspectives of different stakeholders. It should be emphasized that these are not exhaustive reference lists nor have they been prepared through the GRI due process, and should therefore not be considered part of the GRI Reporting Framework. All material, both received and researched, which supports the content published here can be viewed on the GRI website https://www.globalreporting.org/reporting/reporting-support/ publications/research-and-development-publications/pages/ default.aspx 3. International agreement on relevant topics by sector would lead to some level of comparability and benchmarking. Topics for Sectors: What do stakeholders want to know? 7
8 2. Methodology and Process The project was developed in three stages: a preparatory phase, an information gathering phase and an analysis phase. In this section, the phases and relevant criteria are explained. 2.1 Preparatory Phase (July - September 2012) The objectives of the project and the methodology to be followed were drawn up by the GRI team in consultation with experts in the network. Establishment of the Project Advisory Committee GRI invited a group of experts on the use of business sector sustainability information to join a Project Advisory Committee, to support the project and provide technical advice 1. Creation of a Activity Group List For the purposes of this research, GRI compiled a list of business activity groups. This allowed inputs from organizations to be placed where a common understanding of relevant sustainability issues could be developed. After consulting stakeholders and experts, GRI decided not to adopt any specific sector categorization which could restrict the use of the results. For this research project, business activity groups were created which can easily be matched with preexisting sector classifications. 1 The business activity groups were based on existing international sector classifications, such as GICS 2, GRI 3, ICB 4, SAM 5, and Thomson Reuters 6. A review of these existing sector classifications showed that they each had different category levels and also had distinct ways of approaching groupings based on specific needs. To be able to collect the relevant information, and to communicate it to organizations using any sector classification, the research project employed a general business activity categorizing approach. Table 1 shows the list of business activity groups that was created for the research project. Annex 2 provides a description of each activity group. Identification of Relevant Sources of Information Other preparatory activities included the identification of potential contributors and global organizations in the stakeholder groups to be researched - business associations, labor representatives, civil society organizations, information users, and experts- keeping in mind a balance between different stakeholder groups and regions. 1 See page 18 for more information. 2 MSCI, n.d. Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) Sector Definitions. [Online] Available at: GICSSectorDefinitions.pdf [Accessed 28 March 2013]. 3 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Disclosure Database. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 28 March 2013]. 4 Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB), Industry Structure and Definitions. [Online] Available at: Structure_Defs_English.pdf [Accessed 28 March 2013] 5 SAM sustainability investing, The Yearbook 2012, s.l.: Robecosam. 6 Thomson Reuters, Thomson Reuters Classification (TRBC) Quick Guide. [Online] Available at: www. thomsonreuters.com/content/financial/pdf/i.../trbc_quick_guide.pdf [Accessed 28 March 2013) 8 Topics for Sectors: What do stakeholders want to know?
9 Table 1. List of business activity groups business ACTIVITY GROUP 1 Oil and Gas 27 Air Transportation Airlines 2 Chemicals 28 Air Transportation - Airport Services 3 Construction Materials 29 Water Transportation - Water Transportation 4 Mining - Coal 30 Water Transportation - Ports and Services 5 Mining - Iron, Aluminum, Other Metals 31 Ground Transportation - Railroads Transportation 6 Mining - Other (Rare Minerals, Precious Metals and Gems) 7 Forest and Paper Products - Forestry, Timber, Pulp and Paper, Rubber 32 Ground Transportation - Trucking Transportation 33 Ground Transportation - Highways and Railtracks 8 Aerospace and Defense 34 Banks, Diverse Financials and Insurance 9 Building Products 35 Real Estate 10 Construction and Engineering 36 Software and Services 11 Home Building 37 Technology Hardware and Equipment 12 Electrical Equipment and Machinery 38 Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment 13 Containers and Packaging 39 Telecommunication Services 14 Trading Companies and Distributors, and Commercial Services and Supplies 40 Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure, and Tourism Services 15 Professional Services 41 Education Services 16 Automobiles and Components 42 Specialized Consumer Services 17 Tires 43 Media 18 Consumer Durables, Household and Personal Products 44 Healthcare Equipment and Supplies 19 Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Luxury Goods 45 Healthcare Providers and Services, and Healthcare Technology 20 Tobacco 46 Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Life Sciences 21 Retailing 47 Electric Utilities and Independent Power Producers, and Energy Traders (including fossil, alternative and nuclear energy) 22 Food and Consumer Staples Retailing 48 Gas Utilities 23 Food and Beverage Processing 49 Water Utilities 24 Food Production - Agricultural Production 50 Solid Waste Management Utilities 25 Food Production - Animal Sourcing Food Production 51 NGO 26 Air Freight Transportation and Logistics 52 Public Agencies Topics for Sectors: What do stakeholders want to know? 9
10 2.2 Information Gathering Phase (28 September 14 December 2012) Information was sourced through two different channels: 1) proposals and information received through a call for topics and 2) internal desk research. External Input The call for contributions was open from 28 September to 14 December Respondents were invited to use a form that asked for the following information: organization and contact person details; business activity group where the proposed topic could be categorized (more than one group could be mentioned); topic name with a short description and a note about its relevance; and references. GRI Internal Desk Research GRI staff researched available sources and documents published on the websites of international organizations representing a stakeholder group or expert in specific topics. For the desk research, special focus was given to international business associations and civil society organizations, to identify sustainability topics signaled as relevant by them. 2.3 Information Analysis Phase (December 2012 April 2013) All the information was consolidated in a database, and tables of material topics for each activity group were compiled. Analysis - Step 1 A first round of analysis was carried out to identify the topics. This analysis was based on the following information received and/or collected: a named topic, a description, and a text to clarify the type of information and the references that were provided When the name of a topic proposed through external feedback was too general and the accompanying description was more specific, the topic definition was given detail. This is shown in the following example: Example: Activity Group: Oil and Gas A topic identified and suggested by an external respondent was Environmental impacts. The description offered was the following: How the company is meeting energy supply needs while improving operations and products, promoting and improving energy efficiency and minimizing emissions by reporting quantity of GHG emissions How the company addresses management of risks and opportunities related to biodiversity and ecosystem services How the company manages impacts on the local environment by reporting quantities of emission into the atmosphere from operations Identified topics after the analysis: Energy efficiency GHG emissions Biodiversity and ecosystem services Emissions to air In some cases, the same reference and explanatory text support a topic related to different activity groups. Proposals which were not supported by a published reference were not included in the results. All the identified topics were included in the database as analyzed material for the second step. 10 Topics for Sectors: What do stakeholders want to know?
11 Analysis - Step 2 All topics were grouped using the following criteria: a. Alignment with GRI Aspects. The results from step 1 were reviewed and analyzed by GRI staff, in order to relate them to the GRI Aspects (Annex 3). This allowed a first grouping of the topics. See the example below. Example: Activity Group: Oil and Gas GRI Aspect Reference WATER Water management (1) 342 Petroleum refinery 324 Process optimization and waste water treatment plants 479 Water withdrawal 342 Risks and impacts on fresh water availability 210, 212 EFFLUENTS AND WASTE Water consumption and management in water scarce areas 479 Water pollution Drilling 434 Drilling site risks 294, 301 Hydrocarbon discharges from operations 342 Produced water - Production, treatment and disposal 212, 434 Refining processes 434 Slurry pipelines, barge transport and storage caverns 434 Leakages (1) 153 Pipelines 460 (1) No topic specification available. Topics for Sectors: What do stakeholders want to know? 11
12 b. Topics identified that are not covered by GRI Aspects. Where existing GRI Aspects could not be used to group the proposed topics in a direct way, they were grouped under Other. Example: activity group: Banks, Diverse Financials and Insurance GRI Aspect Reference Other lines, products and services Design to deliver environmental and/or social benefits 206, 533 Due diligence on environmental and social risks 206 Environmental and social policies and requirements of product development ESG risk assessment and management 153, 479, Investments in forestry activities 46, 391 models Long-term value creation and short-term value creation 460 Political accountability (1) 394, 616 (1) No topic specification available Analysis - Step 3 Based on the previous grouping, the topic was named to ensure that the wording is consistent, using the following criteria: The name of the identified topic should reflect, as much as possible, the issue that makes the topic relevant for the stakeholder for the business activity group in question. The name should capture the issue addressed withut being too detailed. The wording has to be neutral, without showing any judgment, either positive or negative. With these criteria, the topic was named and included in the column Where more specifications were present in the explanations provided externally or in documents found through desk research, these have been included in a separate column in the table (if availble). This additional information can include the following: where an issue is relevant; who is affected; its cause; or a combination of factors. Analysis - Step 4 Although the topic definition was discussed with the Advisory Committee at different stages of the project, to ensure final technical coherence a third party review was carried out by a committee with two GRI technical team members and one external expert. Their final comments, remarks and adjustments were included. 12 Topics for Sectors: What do stakeholders want to know?
13 3. Analysis of Results 3.1 Data Overview In total, 56 organizations responded to the call for contributions. Additionally, GRI conducted desk research using information available in 145 organizations. Table 2 shows all organizations whose information has been used in this research. Most of the organizations are business related, including business and trade associations. The second largest group are mediating institutions or experts, such as consultants, academic institutions, governments and inter-governmental institutions, and think tanks. The third largest constituency comprises civil society organizations including Non-Governmental organizations. In some cases, organizations that provided proposals were also researched by GRI staff. Table 2. Total number of responding and/or researched organizations per constituency and source Labor Mediating Total External contributions GRI Internal research Total Table 3 shows the number of included organizations by constituency groups and their reach, whether global or regional. Some of these organizations operate in a single country within a region. Over 56 % of the organizations whose information contributed to the research are global organizations, demonstrating the inclusion of relevant worldwide perspectives on sustainability issues. Table 3. s included in the research per constituency and region Financial Markets & Labor Mediating Total Global Africa Asia Europe North America Oceania Total Topics for Sectors: What do stakeholders want to know? 13
14 Africa Asia Europe Global North America Oceania Figure 1. s included in the research per region and constituency oceania 7% north AMERICA 14% GLOBAL 56% africa 1% Africa asia 2% business 57% Asia europe 20% Europefinancial MARKETS 4% Global civil society North America organization 14% Oceania MEDIATING institutions 23% labor 2% Financial Markets Labor Mediating s In total, 2,812 topics were proposed (Table 4). Of these, 24% came from suggestions put forward by external organizations and 76% were based on the desk research. The table shows that the number of topics proposed by those organizations representing business interests - business and financial markets and information users equate to 58% of the proposals. Note: GRI s existing sector guidance was also considered during the desk research process as the Sector Supplements and Pilot Version result from previous sector related research activities. They were also referred to by respondents in support of their topic proposals. Financial Markets Table 4. Total number of proposed topics per constituency and source Labor Mediating s Labor Mediating Total External inputs GRI Internal research Total Topics for Sectors: What do stakeholders want to know?
15 Figure 2. Proposed topics per constituency business 24% civil society organization 24,5% mediating institutions 17% labor 0.5% Organizaton Financial Markets financial MARKETS 34,4% Labor Mediating s Table 5 shows the final number of topics that resulted after analyzing the content of each of the proposed topics. In total, 1612 topics were defined. The research shows the identification of topics for all business activity groups. In 63% of the business activity groups (33) more than 20 topics where identified, where 12 of them show over 40 topics. For 10 business activity groups the research has identified less than 10 sustainability topics. Table 5. Number of topics identified by business activity groups Activity Group Number of topics 1 Oil and Gas 96 2 Chemicals 45 3 Construction Materials 28 Mining (Combined list) 91 4 Mining - Coal (Specific topics) 1 5 Mining - Iron, Aluminum, Other Metals (Specific topics) 19 6 Mining - Other (Rare Minerals, Precious Metals and Gems) (Specific topics) 11 7 Forest and Paper Products - Forestry, Timber, Pulp and Paper, Rubber 71 8 Aerospace and Defense 16 9 Building Products 9 Construction and Home Building (Combined list) Construction and Engineering (Specific topics) 3 11 Home Building (Specific topics) 0 12 Electrical Equipment and Machinery Containers and Packaging Trading Companies and Distributors, and Commercial Services and Supplies Professional Services Automobiles and Components Tires Consumer Durables, Household and Personal Products 22 Topics for Sectors: What do stakeholders want to know? 15
16 Activity Group Number of topics 19 Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Luxury Goods Tobacco 7 21 Retailing Food and Consumer Staples Retailing Food and Beverage Processing 78 Food Production (Combined list) Food Production - Agricultural Production (Specific topics) Food Production - Animal Source Food Production (Specific topics) Air Freight Transportation and Logistics Air Transportation - Airlines Air Transportation - Airport Services Water Transportation - Water Transportation Water Transportation - Ports and Services Ground Transportation - Railroads Transportation 8 32 Ground Transportation - Trucking Transportation Ground Transportation - Highways and Railtracks Banks, Diverse Financials and Insurance Real Estate Software and Services 33 Technology and Semiconductors (Combined list) Technology Hardware and Equipment (Specific topics) Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment (Specific topics) 2 39 Telecommunication Services Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure, and Tourism Services Education Services Specialized Consumer Services 3 43 Media Healthcare Equipment and Supplies 8 45 Healthcare Providers and Services, and Healthcare Technology Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Life Sciences Electric Utilities and Independent Power Producers and Energy Traders (including fossil, alternative and nuclear energy) 48 Gas Utilities 7 49 Water Utilities Solid Waste Management Utilities NGO Public Agencies total Topics for Sectors: What do stakeholders want to know?
17 3.2 Results The research results are presented in 47 tables in section 5. Each table provides the following information: Topics were organized under the three sustainability pillars: Economic, Environmental and Social. An additional group, Other, was added to include those topics that could not be directly included in one of the three pillars, or that referred to more than one pillar The Topic name. The topic is divided into two columns. The first column,, lists a generic topic name. The second one,, provides additional information if available References. A number(s) is provided to identify the relevant supporting documentation for each topic, linked to the list of references that can be found on the GRI website https://www.globalreporting.org/reporting/reportingsupport/publications/research-and-developmentpublications/pages/default.aspx The constituency type of the organization that supports the topic. More detailed information is provided on the GRI website https://www.globalreporting.org/reporting/reporting-support/ publications/research-and-development-publications/pages/ default.aspx. Methodological remarks: 1. In some cases, the same topic was submitted by multiple organizations using different wording. In this case a common name has been provided following the rule already described above. This name has been provided in the Topic column. 2. In some cases, the topic had been submitted and specific additional information was provided, such as where an issue occurs, who is responsible, and in which part of a process. This additional information is provided in the Topic Specification column. 3. In some cases, the same issue was raised as relevant in more than one activity group. In these cases, the same name was given to the topic in question for all the different activity groups. Example: Migrant workers have been highlighted as a potentially material issue affecting several activity groups. This topic has been included in all the relevant activity groups under that name. 4. In some cases, there is a significant overlap of topics amongst different activity groups. In cases where these groups relate to the same main activity, and where the overlap of topics was more than 50%, the groups are listed in one table. Topics that did not overlap, i.e. were specific to a particular activity, are identified as such at the end of the list. For example, this is the case for: Food Production - Agricultural Production and Food Production Animal source food production; and Construction and Engineering and Home Building and Technology Hardware and Equipment, and Semiconductors and Semiconductors Equipment. As can be seen, the intention is not to produce lists of topics that are highly detailed. They introduce the different sustainability issues through the eyes of various stakeholders. Topics for Sectors: What do stakeholders want to know? 17
18 4. Project Contributors and Information Sources Advisory Committee GRI appointed an Advisory Group of experts and information users to support this project and provide technical advice. Table 6. Project Advisory Committee members Name Tamara Hardegger, Product Manager ESG - ASSET4 Jayn Harding, Principal Advisor Andrew Howard Julia Kochetygova, Senior Director Linda-Eling Lee, PhD, Executive Director, Global Head of ESG Ratings Research Thomson Reuters ESG - FTSE Group Independent S&P DOW JONES INDICES MSCI Rina Levy, ESG Analyst Daniel Wild, PhD, Head of Research Bloomberg RobecoSAM AG Technical Review Carlota Garcia-Manas, Head of Research, EIRIS Bastian Buck, Senior Manager Reporting Framework, GRI Maaike Fleur, Senior Manager Reporting Framework, GRI Information Sources The data that support the results of the Topic Research were provided and collected from 194 organizations. In Annex 2 a complete list of these organizations is provided. The same table indicates whether information was provided by an external contributor or is the result of GRI desk research. 18 Topics for Sectors: What do stakeholders want to know?
19 5. Topics by Activity Group The lists are to be considered as an initial point of reference when organizations or information users are identifying sustainability topics they wish to assess. They provide a good indication of the current relevant sustainability concerns associated with each business activity group, from the perspectives of different stakeholders. It should be emphasized that these are not exhaustive reference lists, and that they result from a research project. They have not been prepared through the GRI due process and should therefore not be considered part of the GRI Reporting Framework. The tables for each Activity Group can be found by using the following index Activity Group Page Number 1 Oil and Gas 21 2 Chemicals 27 3 Construction Materials 30 Mining (Combined list) 32 4 Mining - Coal (Specific topics) 30 5 Mining - Iron, Aluminum, Other Metals (Specific topics) 30 6 Mining - Other (Rare Minerals, Precious Metals and Gems) (Specific topics) 30 7 Forest and Paper Products - Forestry, Timber, Pulp and Paper, Rubber 40 8 Aerospace and Defense 44 9 Building Products 45 Construction and Home Building (Combined list) Construction and Engineering (Specific topics) Home Building (Specific topics) Electrical Equipment and Machinery Containers and Packaging Trading Companies and Distributors, and Commercial Services and Supplies Professional Services Automobiles and Components Tires Consumer Durables, Household and Personal Products Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Luxury Goods Tobacco Retailing Food and Consumer Staples Retailing Food and Beverage Processing 70 Food Production (Combined list) Food Production - Agricultural Production (Specific topics) Food Production Animal Source Food Production (Specific topics) Air Freight Transportation and Logistics Air Transportation Airlines Air Transportation Airport Services Water Transportation Water Transportation Water Transportation Ports and Services 90 Topics for Sectors: What do stakeholders want to know? 19
20 Activity Group Page Number 31 Ground Transportation Railroads Transportation Ground Transportation Trucking Transportation Ground Transportation Highways and Railtracks Banks, Diverse Financials and Insurance Real Estate Software and Services 102 Technology and Semiconductors (Combined list) Technology Hardware and Equipment (Specific topics) Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment (Specific topics) Telecommunication Services Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure, and Tourism Services Education Services Specialized Consumer Services Media Healthcare Equipment and Supplies Healthcare Providers and Services, and Healthcare Technology Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Life Sciences Electric Utilities and Independent Power Producers and Energy Traders (including fossil, alternative and nuclear energy) 48 Gas Utilities Water Utilities Solid Waste Management Utilities NGO Public Agencies Topics for Sectors: What do stakeholders want to know?
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