This report is written in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines at Core level. It follows the GRI content principles of materiality, stakeholder inclusiveness, sustainability context and completeness; and its quality principles of balance, comparability, accuracy, timeliness, clarity and reliability.
The GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines offer two options for preparing a sustainability report ‘in accordance’ with the Guidelines: the Core option and the Comprehensive option. The options do not relate to the quality of the report or to the performance of the organisation but allow the organisation to choose a level of disclosure that is appropriate to its reporting needs.
Cairn reported against the G4 Core level Guidelines for the first time in 2014 and has continued to do so in 2015, having previously reported to the GRI3.1 Guidelines. Cairn updated its materiality matrix for 2015, identified its material GRI aspects, agreed the reporting boundaries for each aspect, and identified the standard disclosures and specific standard disclosures (management approach and indicators) that it needed to report against in 2015. Cairn has updated the methodologies for reporting in accordance with good practice and these methods are referred to where appropriate.
In 2015, Cairn improved the input from stakeholders by holding a series of interviews with stakeholders from representative groups (see Materiality).
Cairn used the following GRI documents in preparing its 2015 report: