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Drainage Services Department

Sustainability Report 2014-15

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General Standard Disclosures Cross-reference/Comments/Reasons for Omissions External Assurance
Strategy and Analysis
G4-1 Statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organisation Director's Statement
Organisational Profile
G4-3 Name of the organisation About this Report
G4-4 Primary brands, products and/or services Our Core Responsibilities
G4-5 Location of organisation’s headquarters Hong Kong, 43/F Revenue Tower, Wanchai.
G4-6 Number of countries where the organisation operates Hong Kong only
G4-7 Nature of ownership and legal form Part of the Hong Kong SAR Government
G4-8 Markets served (including geographic breakdown, sectors served, and types of customers/beneficiaries) DSD provides wastewater and stormwater drainage services to Hong Kong.
G4-9 Scale of the reporting organisation Our Core Responsibilities
Appendix 1 - Key Statistics and Data
G4-10 Employees statistics Appendix 1 - Key Statistics and Data
G4-11 Percentage of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements Nil
G4-12 Description of the organisation’s supply chain Joining Hands with Partners
G4-13 Significant changes during the reporting period regarding the organisation’s size, structure, ownership or its supply chain No significant changes
G4-14 Explanation of whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organisation Governance Approach
G4-15 Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organisation subscribes or endorses Governance Approach
G4-16 Memberships in associations and/or national/international advocacy organisations DSD holds membership in the following associations.

The International Association for Hydro- Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) - Hong Kong Chapter

The Hong Kong Green Building Council

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

The NEC Users’ Group
Identified Material Aspects and Boundaries
G4-17 Entities included in the organisation’s consolidated financial statements or equivalent documents About this Report (p.8)
G4-18 Process for defining report content and aspect boundaries About this Report (p.9)
G4-19 Material Aspects identified in the process for defining report content About this Report (p.9)
G4-20 Aspect Boundary within the organisation for each material aspect About this Report (p.9)
G4-21 Aspect boundary outside the organisation for each material aspect About this Report (p.9)
G4-22 Explanation of the effect of any re-statements of information provided in earlier reports, and the reasons for such re-statements There is no such re-statement in this Report.
G4-23 Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope and boundary About this Report (p.9)
Stakeholder Engagement
G4-24 List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organisation About this Report (p.8)
Governance Approach (p.36-37)
G4-25 Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage About this Report (p.8)
G4-26 Approaches to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group About this Report (p.8)
Governance Approach (p.36-37)
G4-27 Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organisation has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting About this Report (p.9)
Governance Approach (p.36-37)
Report Profile
G4-28 Reporting period About this Report
G4-29 Date of most recent previous report We published the DSD Sustainability Report 2013-14 in December 2014.
G4-30 Reporting cycle Our Sustainability Report has been published annually since 2012-13.
G4-31 Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents About this Report
G4-32 GRI Content Index , the ‘in accordance’ option the organisation has chosen and the reference to the External Assurance Report (if any) About this Report
Appendix 2 - GRI Context Index
G4-33 Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report About this Report
Independent Assurance Statement
G4-34 Governance structure of the organisation Governance Approach
G4-36 Report whether the organisation has appointed an executive-level position or positions with responsibility for economic, environmental and social topics, and whether post holders report directly to the highest governance body Governance Approach
G4-43 Measures taken to develop and enhance the highest governance body’s collective knowledge of economic, environmental and social topics In 2013-14, 26 DSD staff attended a 1-day training which focused on sustainability issues and requirements of GRI G4 Reporting Guidelines.
G4-48 The highest committee or position that formally reviews and approves the organisation’s sustainability report and ensures that all material Aspects are covered About this Report
Ethics and Integrity
G4-56 Organisation’s values, principles, standards and norms of behavior such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics. Governance Approach

We request our staff to adhere to the highest ethical standard. If any suspected corruption cases are reported, they will be submitted to the Independent Commission Against Corruption for further investigation.
Specific Standard Disclosures Cross-reference/Comments/Reasons for Omissions External Assurance
Economic Performance
G4-DMA Appendix 1 - Key Statistics and Data
EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed Appendix 1 - Key Statistics and Data
EC2 Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organisation’s activities due to climate change Governance Approach
Indirect Economic Impacts
G4-DMA Our Core Responsibilities
Joining Hands with Partners
EC8 Significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts We strive to enhance the capability of contractors, in particular through the promotion of knowledge and experience in relation to Occupational Health and Safety. For more details, please refer to Chapter 8 - Joining Hands with Partners.
Procurement Practices
G4-DMA DSD adopts the procurement policy of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. For details, please refer to
EC9 Proportion of spending on locally-based suppliers at significant locations of operation Appendix 1 - Key Statistics and Data
G4-DMA Managing the Environment
EN1 Materials used by weight or volume Managing the Environment
Appendix 1 - Key Statistics and Data
G4-DMA Governance Approach
Managing the Environment
EC3 Energy consumption within the organisation Appendix 1 - Key Statistics and Data
EC4 Energy consumption outside of the organisation Appendix 1 - Key Statistics and Data
EN5 Energy Intensity Appendix 1 - Key Statistics and Data
EN6 Reduction of energy consumption Managing the Environment
Meeting the Targets
EN7 Reductions in energy requirements of products and services Appendix 1 - Key Statistics and Data
G4-DMA Governance Approach
Managing the Environment
EN8 Total water withdrawal by source Appendix 1 - Key Statistics and Data
EN10 Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused Appendix 1 - Key Statistics and Data
G4-DMA Managing the Environment
EN11 Operational sites owned, leased, managed in (or adjacent to) protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas Managing the Environment
G4-DMA Governance Approach
Managing the Environment
EN15 Direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 1) Managing the Environment
EN16 Energy indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 2) Managing the Environment
EN17 Other indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 3) Managing the Environment
EN19 Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions Managing the Environment
Effluents and Waste
G4-DMA Our Core Responsibilities
EN22 Total water discharge by quality and destination Appendix 1 - Key Statistics and Data
EN23 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method Appendix 1 - Key Statistics and Data
EN24 Total number and volume of significant spills During the year, a total of 2 significant sewage spills were reported and the total volume of sewage spill was 90 cubic metres.
G4-DMA We strive to reduce DSD’s environmental impacts caused by transportation, including the air pollution and indirect carbon emissions caused by our car fleet and transportation of sludge.
EN30 Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials used for the organisation’s operations, and transporting members of the workforce During the year, we began to use two sludge container vessels to transfer sludge. Compared to traditional sludge transporting method, it can save 130 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. For fuel consumption of departmental car fleet, please refer to Appendix 1 - Key Statistics and Data.
Occupational Health and Safety
G4-DMA Joining Hands with Partners
Care for Our Staff
LA6 Type of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and total number of work-related fatalities, by region and by gender Appendix 1 - Key Statistics and Data
Product and Service Labelling
G4-DMA Our Core Responsibilities

No incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes were recorded concerning this aspect.
PR5 Results of surveys measuring customer satisfaction Meeting the Targets