2017 CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY REPORT

Our Approach

Stakeholder Engagement & Materiality

G4-18, G4-19, G4-20, G4-21, G4-23, G4-24, G4-25, G4-26, G4-27

In 2016, Davey completed a robust materiality assessment to identify, prioritize and validate the most significant environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics to our business. We began by identifying a wide range of potential ESG topics through industry research and peer benchmarking. We also looked to leading companies in corporate responsibility and environmental services to understand their ESG priorities.

A cross-functional group of Davey leaders and employees, including members of the Corporate Responsibility (CR) team, met to review and discuss this list of potential topics and mapped each to stakeholders impacted by the topics, and where these impacts occur across our value chain.

Following the identification process, we interviewed both internal and external stakeholders to determine which of the potential topics impact and matter most to Davey. We synthesized the feedback, evidence and recommendations gathered from stakeholders and prioritized our top corporate responsibility issues across our value chain. The CR team and executive leadership then validated these results.

Relative Priority of Sustainability Topics

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Safe Business Practices

Safety is at the forefront of everything we do. We foster a culture of safe business practices through our actions and commitment to high standards. We reinforce our safety message every day to our employees, clients and the communities we serve, and ensure they understand the value we place on all people. Further, we take proactive and preventive measures to mitigate safety risks before they arise so that we maintain our brand integrity. This pillar comprises the topics shown at left.
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Engaged Employees

Our people are the key to our success and sustainability as a company. We aim to engage and inspire our employees every day, providing them education and development opportunities to help them grow personally and professionally. Employee ownership has differentiated Davey in our industry and beyond, and enables us to strive to provide superior tree, landscape and environmental service to our clients. This pillar comprises the topics shown at left.
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Innovative Thinking

At Davey, we lead the industry through research, product development and service innovation. As an environmental services company, we are uniquely situated to deliver solutions for many of society’s critical challenges—climate change, social inequality and economic development. By applying the latest research and techniques to our proven solutions for a growing world, we continue to deliver outstanding service to our clients and society. This pillar comprises the topics shown at left.
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Sustainable Environment

Throughout our history, Davey has been synonymous with environmental awareness and stewardship. We comply with all federal, state and local environmental regulations, and our policies are based on responsible, science-based actions. We hold ourselves accountable to managing and mitigating our impacts on the environment, and help our clients do the same. This pillar comprises the topics shown at left.
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Safe Business Practices
Workplace
Health & Safety
Definition
Ensuring safe working conditions; having a robust safety training program
 
Boundary
Internal operations
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Clients, Community, Capital and Insurance Providers, Regulators, Suppliers, Employees and Executives
 
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Safe Business Practices
Wildfire Exposure
Definition
Taking comprehensive measures to manage the physical and financial risks that arise, both directly and indirectly, from doing business in areas prone to wildfires
 
Boundary
All stakeholders
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Clients, Consumers, Capital and Insurance Providers, Regulators and Employees
 
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Engaged Employees
Employee Attraction
& Retention
Definition
Developing strategies for attracting and retaining employees to provide value to Davey
 
Boundary
Internal operations
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Clients, Community, Suppliers, Employees and Executives
 
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Engaged Employees
Employee Education & Development
Definition
Providing training opportunities and development pathways for Davey’s full-time and seasonal employees
 
Boundary
Internal operations
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Consumers, Community, Suppliers, Employees and Executives
 
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Engaged Employees
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Innovative Thinking
Environmental Services
Definition
Providing education and services that enable stakeholders to better manage their carbon, water, chemical, biodiversity and overall environmental footprints
 
Boundary
All stakeholders
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Clients, Consumers, Community, Regulators, Suppliers, Employees and Executives
 
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Innovative Thinking
Innovation
Definition
Purposefully applying information in the design, production and management of goods and services, including new and disruptive competitive service offerings
 
Boundary
Internal operations
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Clients, Community, Suppliers, Employees and Executives
 
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Innovative Thinking
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Sustainable Environment
Water Management
Definition
Reducing total water withdrawn through Davey’s operations and managing the company’s impact on quality and quantity of local water sources
 
Boundary
All stakeholders
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Clients, Consumers, Community, Regulators and Employees
 
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Sustainable Environment
Energy & Emissions
Definition
Reducing the energy used to power Davey’s operations and improving efficiency of processes and logistics; includes vehicle use, renewable and non-renewable sources of energy and associated emissions
 
Boundary
All stakeholders
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Clients, Consumers, Community, Regulators and Suppliers
 
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Sustainable Environment
Waste & Recycling
Definition
Reducing the amount of waste to landfill generated by Davey through initiatives including recycling and responsible waste disposal; managing discharge of toxic and hazardous waste, including wastewater
 
Boundary
Internal operations and downstream
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Clients, Consumers, Community, Regulators and Employees
 
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Workplace
Health & Safety
Wildfire Exposure
Employee Attraction
& Retention
Employee Education & Development
Environmental Services
Innovation
Water Management
Energy & Emissions
Waste & Recycling
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Increasing Importance
External Stakeholders
Increasing Importance

Safe Business Practices

Workplace
Health & Safety

Definition
Ensuring safe working conditions; having a robust safety training program
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Clients, Community, Capital and Insurance Providers, Regulators, Suppliers, Employees and Executives

Wildfire Exposure

Definition
Taking comprehensive measures to manage the physical and financial risks that arise, both directly and indirectly, from doing business in areas prone to wildfires
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Clients, Consumers, Capital and Insurance Providers, Regulators and Employees

Engaged Employees

Employee Attraction
& Retention

Definition
Developing strategies for attracting and retaining employees to provide value to Davey
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Clients, Community, Suppliers, Employees and Executives

Employee Education & Development

Definition
Providing training opportunities and development pathways for Davey’s full-time and seasonal employees
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Consumers, Community, Suppliers, Employees and Executives

Innovative Thinking

Environmental Services

Definition
Providing education and services that enable stakeholders to better manage their carbon, water, chemical, biodiversity and overall environmental footprints
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Clients, Consumers, Community, Regulators, Suppliers, Employees and Executives

Innovation

Definition
Purposefully applying information in the design, production and management of goods and services, including new and disruptive competitive service offerings
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Clients, Community, Suppliers, Employees and Executives

Sustainable Environment

Water Management

Definition
Reducing total water withdrawn through Davey’s operations and managing the company’s impact on quality and quantity of local water sources
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Clients, Consumers, Community, Regulators and Employees

Energy & Emissions

Definition
Reducing the energy used to power Davey’s operations and improving efficiency of processes and logistics; includes vehicle use, renewable and non-renewable sources of energy and associated emissions
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Clients, Consumers, Community, Regulators and Suppliers

Waste & Recycling

Definition
Reducing the amount of waste to landfill generated by Davey through initiatives including recycling and responsible waste disposal; managing discharge of toxic and hazardous waste, including wastewater
 
Primary Stakeholder Groups
Clients, Consumers, Community, Regulators and Employees

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Our material topics continued to drive our work in 2017. The materiality assessment process yielded new opportunities for collaborations, products and services. In 2017, we began integrating these material ESG topics into our Vision 20/20 strategic plan, the nucleus of our operational strategy and key driver of our overall direction. This integration ensures we are actively managing these topics and moving toward common goals. This report focuses on our management and progress toward these goals.

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