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Methodology

This Report covers the hole TITAN Group with its main subsidiaries and operations. To prepare this Report we have followed WBCSD/CSI Guidelines and Protocols. For the environmental data particularly all performance indicators measuring emissions from cement plants are calculated in line with the CSI reporting principles, that is 100% emissions from cement plants for which TITAN has the majority share and the emissions of joint ventures or partnerships according to equity basis. For the safety data TITAN reports 100% for all activities it has operational control, excluding Turkey. The results of an independent assessment and verification process which was undertaken by KPMG for these indicators, are presented on this section.

All other environmental and social performance indicators have been defined and calculated in accordance to the GRI G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and the U.N. Global Compact Communication on Progress requirements.

In reference to GRI principles an independent assessment and verification of this Report has been undertaken by DNV. The results of this process are also included in this section. A combined GRI and CoP Matrix summarizes all data and information regarding Group and country level performance achieved in 2008.

One of the main principles of CSR and SD is that of materiality. Regarding this principle, the GRI states: “The information in a report should cover topics and indicators that reflect the organization’s significant economic, environmental, and social impacts, or that would substantively influence the assessments and decisions of stakeholders”.

TITAN has engaged Det Norske Veritas (DNV) to undertake a verification of TITAN’s assessment and perceptions of materiality. This involved stakeholder interviews and internal workshops in Greece in 2007. In 2008, the process of materiality verification was expanded in South East Europe, in the form of interview and workshops with internal stakeholders. This is not only provided a robust basis for the verification by DNV, but also enabled TITAN to challenge its own perceptions of what issues are material, learn, improve and engage stakeholders.

In 2008, a process of more intensive dialogue with key stakeholders started, while expanding assessment of material issues.

Prioritization of issues has been based on their significance to TITAN’s business. Estimates were justified by analysis of potential impacts on five intangible value drivers: human capital; operational efficiency; regulation and litigation; reputation and brand value; and access to markets. The outcomes of these efforts have been subject to independent assessment and verification, as part of the verification of the 2008 CSR and S Report.

The table below summarizes the results from 2008 CSR Workshops and Independent Assessment Verification in Southeastern European operations in parallel with the outcomes from the same process in Greece in 2007.
TITAN declares that this Report meets application level A+ of the GRI (2006).

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