Scope of the report

Swisscom’s Group structure is described in the “Group structure and shareholders” section of this year’s Annual Report. A list of Group companies, comprising all the subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is provided in the Notes to the consolidated financial statements 2018 (Annual Report, page 153).

  • Principles: The scope of the Sustainability Report according to standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is generally defined as follows: Swisscom Ltd. and all subsidiaries domiciled in Switzerland which are fully consolidated in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). This excludes the Group company CT Cinetrade Ltd. The participation in the Cinetrade Group is not included within the scope of the report due to the fact that its effect is immaterial and not all of the requirements listed in the section on management approaches apply. In line with GRI reporting requirements, acquisitions are included from 1 January of the following year after the date of acquisition and disposals up to the date of disposal. Group companies domiciled abroad and investments in associates and joint ventures are not included in the scope. Swisscom’s most important foreign holding is Fastweb in Italy. Fastweb publishes its own sustainability report in line with GRI standards, “Core” option, which is reviewed by Bureau Veritas AG, an external, independent auditor. The closely related foundations comPlan (pension fund) and sovis (social foundation) are also not included in the scope.
  • Personnel information system: In the year under review, the Swiss subsidiaries local search AG, CT Cinetrade Ltd, Mila AG, Swisscom Digital Technology SA, AdUnit AG, Swisscom Blockchain Ltd, Global IP Action AG, Custodigit AG and itnetX (Switzerland) AG were not included in the central HR compensation system, but in local, company-specific HR compensation systems. The central HR compensation system thus has a coverage ratio of 95% (prior year: 95%).
  • Environment: the environmental key figures (especially regarding energy, water and waste water, emissions and waste) cover almost 100% of Swisscom’s FTEs in Switzerland. This excludes the Group company CT Cinetrade Ltd. The CO2 emissions of Fastweb are included, but are excluded from the calculation of the 2:1 target. The report therefore includes all buildings managed by Swisscom Real Estate in Switzerland as well as the vehicle fleet managed by Swisscom’s Managed Mobility in Switzerland. As regards energy consumption, the data compilation system also encompasses Swisscom (Switzerland) Ltd’s mobile base stations, proprietary production of solar energy and the transmitter stations Swisscom Broadcast Ltd operates in Switzerland and just across the Swiss borders. The consumption of third-party tenants is deducted from the total energy consumption. The data regarding emissions in the supply chain is based on a projection that takes account of 71 suppliers (prior year: 56) as well as audits carried out as part of the Joint Audit Cooperation (JAC). The data on which the projection is based and the audits account for 48% (prior year: 46%) of the order volume.
  • Social aspects: the information on social relationships within the supply chain is based on audits carried out as part of the Joint Audit Cooperation (JAC) or on self-declarations and CR contract annexes. These annexes cover almost all suppliers. Swisscom attributes particular importance to the situation outside OECD countries.