Our material issues

To help ensure that G4S’ approach to CSR remains focused on the areas that are of most relevance to the business and its stakeholders, we carry out a wide-ranging materiality review of ethical and sustainability issues every two years.
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Working in partnership with a team of independent experts, we reviewed and identified the ethical and sustainable issues and trends which may have the potential to have an impact on our business, our stakeholders and the wider security industry. These formed the basis of 26 issue areas grouped under six broad themes.

Together with our external partners, we conducted a series of telephone interviews during November and December 2015, surveying the executive and non-executive members of G4S senior management and a broad range of external stakeholders, including sustainability analysts, industry bodies, customers, suppliers, NGOs and legislative bodies. 
In the interviews, we sought their views and opinions on which issues present the greatest risk or opportunity to the organisation’s performance, strategy and reputation. 

The results of the review are presented in our materiality matrix, which compares the priority of each issue relative to the concerns of the stakeholder group. The closer each issue is towards the top-right corner of the matrix, the higher the priority placed upon it by stakeholders and the more material it is to G4S’ business performance and sustainability.

The materiality matrix confirmed three core priority ethics and sustainability areas for the group during 2016 and 2017:

Health and Safety human rights Anti Bribery and Corruption

Health and Safety

The safety of our employees and those in our care is one of our corporate values and remains a key priority for the group.

Human Rights

Our respect for human rights is core to the sustainable success of our business and continues to be an important part of our risk assessment and mitigation process 

Anti-bribery and Corruption

We will continue to develop and encourage a workplace culture in which all employees will feel confident that they may raise any ethical concerns. 


Slavery and Human trafficking statement  


Our Slavery & Human Trafficking Statement describes the actions we have taken to help prevent modern slavery.

Clare Spottiswoode

CSR Report 2016



G4S plays an important role in society. We take pride in reporting our activities.

CSR Report
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