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Assurance and perspectives

Saipem believes that ten years of independent assurance for its sustainability reporting has helped to improve the reliability of information and data disclosed and make the Company’s internal reporting systems more robust.
Responding to the increased confidence and reliability in the systems that this long-term assurance  has enabled, this year Saipem asked the Assurance Company to limit their review of qualitative and quantitative information reported in the document to checks at Corporate level only, removing from scope review at project sites, as performed in previous years. The assurance statement by Ernst & Young can be found at the end of this document.
As an additional stakeholder-oriented evaluation of Saipem’s reporting, this year a Panel of Experts has been set up. It is composed of members of society coming from institutes and organisations known at international level, who do not currently have any binding contract or ongoing significant business activity with Saipem. They can therefore be considered as independent.
This Expert Panel has been created to complement Saipem’s commitment to transparent and comprehensive communications of its sustainability performance and to gain further comfort on the quality of our sustainability reporting, as well as to learn from their useful feedback that such a process provides.
The Experts were chosen according to their area of expertise, their independence and ability to provide constructive comments on the contents and quality of the Report. As independent Experts they were required to express their own opinion, which does not necessarily represent the position of the organisations that they work for.
The Experts analysed the final draft Report and commented on the completeness and pertinence of the issues reported, highlighting the key strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement for Saipem sustainability reporting. Within the relevant sections of the Sustainability Report, the Experts’ comments are included. Saipem believes that these commentaries provide the reader with an authoritative view on the activities’ status, performance and challenges that Saipem reports on.
Saipem considers these comments as valuable input to continually improve its communication with external and internal stakeholders.
To substantiate the objectivity and fairness of the Expert Panel, an external organisation was contracted to manage the process.
BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) selected the Experts and facilitated direct discussions with the Experts to enable their understanding of Saipem’s businesses and objectives in sustainability reporting. BSR also collated the Expert review commentaries and checked that they have been inserted to this Report without censorship or subjective editing. At Saipem’s request, BSR have provided the Experts with an honorarium of limited amount, to appropriately value the Experts’ devoted time in reviewing the Report effectively and providing constructive commentaries for Saipem.

Overview of the experts' panel

This part presents the experts participating in the Panel and gives a description of BSR, as manager and facilitator of the Experts’ Panel.
The process of Experts’ involvement and commenting is described in the ‘Assurance and Perspective’ (page 5).

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)

BSR BSR is a non-profit organisation. A leader in corporate responsibility since 1992, BSR works with its global network of more than 250 member companies to develop sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. With offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR uses its expertise in environment, human rights, economic development, and governance and accountability to guide global companies toward creating a just and sustainable world. Visit www.bsr.org for more information.

Sandra BieselSandra Biesel
In 2002 Sandra Biesel, business economist, started out in public relations, managing marketing and corporate citizenship projects for German gas providers as well as municipal utilities. Six years later she joined VNG - Verbundnetz Gas AG, Leipzig (Germany), as assistant to the member of the executive board responsible for gas procurement.
In 2009 she joined the World Energy Council in London where she now works as a senior project manager/deputy head policies.

Augusto Di GiulioAugusto Di Giulio
Augusto Di Giulio became Associate Professor in 1985 and has been Professor of Industrial Plants since 1990. He now teaches Plant Facilities and Industrial Ergonomics at the Politecnico di Milano. The main research interests are in the field of industrial engineering, ergonomics and eco-efficiency of production systems. He has been Director of the Master ‘Workplace Health and Safety Engineering’, and is member of the CiErg (Research Centre in Ergonomics), a member of the Technical Committee for Ergonomics of the Italian Organisation for Standardisation (UNI) and is a vice-Chairman of the Steering Committee of ANIMP
(Associazione Nazionale Impiantistica Industriale - Italian Association of Industrial Plant Engineering).

Petter MatthewsPetter Matthews
Petter is a senior international development specialist with more than 30 years experience. He is now Executive Director of Engineers Against Poverty (EAP), a specialist NGO working in the field of engineering and international development. He was educated at the School of Oriental & African Studies (BA Hons) and the London School of Economics (MSc). He has worked in Africa, Asia and Oceania and has held positions within government, industry and civil society. Petter worked for EAP for almost ten years and led the development of its oil, gas and mining programme. He has worked with international oil companies, services contractors and development banks and co-authored a number of publications on local content.

Arthur MinsatArthur Minsat
Arthur Minsat is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD candidate at the London School of Economics (LSE), who specialises on the issue of sanctions towards pariah states. He also delivers visiting lectures in various institutions throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia. He worked within the United Nations Operations in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI)’s Electoral Certification Cell, which plays a strategic role in resolving the Ivorian conflict. Arthur designed and implemented research projects with think tanks of international renown, such as the African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD), the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES), the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), and the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS). During the last eight years, Arthur additionally coordinated public relations and marketing operations at the World Bank, Wolters Kluwer, and the Economist Group.

Cyrille PutzCyrille Putz
Cyrille Putz works as Independent Senior Consultant and Local Content Solutions Associate. He has experience with Local Content assessment and planning, local procurement & Project Supply Chain integration, CSR policy and sustainability reporting aspects, stakeholder identification and engagement. Working with oil, gas & mining industries, contractors with a special focus on food and facilities management services representing a good leverage for workforce and supplies development in developing countries. He has been involved in projects with Shell (Gabon, Europe/North Sea), Total (Angola, Nigeria), BP (Indonesia), Newmont (Ghana, Peru), Areva (Niger), Avocet Mining (Burkina Faso), Rio Tinto (Madagascar, Guinea Conakry, Australia), Barrick Gold (Tanzania), Oxiana (Lao PDR).
Cyrille was formerly Sustainable Development Manager for Sodexo Remote Sites. He developed also his supply chain logistics and community engagement expertise working in Kosovo for the European Union on the Trepca mining complex project, and under the KFOR/ United Nations as Civilian Military Cooperation Officer.
Cyrille studied in France, Mexico, The Netherlands and Belgium and has a European Master Degree in Law and Economic (Rotterdam University, NL), and a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA) d’Analyse Economique des Institutions.


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