ERM New Zealand Limited (ERM) was engaged by Vodafone New Zealand Limited (Vodafone NZ) to provide independent assurance of its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report (2011 CR Report), to the scope of work outlined below.
This assurance statement is intended for Vodafone NZ's stakeholders. The 2011 CR Report covers Vodafone's operations for the 12 months to 31 March 2011, unless stated otherwise in the text. This work was performed in accordance with ERM's assurance methodology, which is based on the international standards ISAE 3000, AA1000 Assurance Standard (2008) and ISO 19011. ERM reviewed Vodafone NZ's performance reporting for the subject matter specified below. To achieve this, we interviewed a number of personnel and reviewed relevant documentation at Vodafone NZ's operations in Auckland.
The subject matter for this assurance process consisted of a representative sample of data and statements for the following material data streams and therefore the related pages of the Online Vodafone NZ 2011 CR Report: CR management; supply chain; social; stakeholder engagement; environment; targets; network deployment; Vodafone NZ profile; health and our technology; economics; network deployment; employee and Foundation. The scope excluded data and statements relating to financial information as well as data that had been assured in 2010 and not changed for the 2011 CR Report. In addition, Vodafone NZ's 2011 CR Report has been published online, and includes non-assured data which falls outside the above scope of work.
Vodafone NZ was responsible for preparing the 2011 CR Report. The ERM team, led by Tracey Ryan, Partner, Australia & New Zealand, was responsible for expressing assurance conclusions in line with the scope of work agreed with Vodafone NZ. During 2010/11, ERM did not work with Vodafone NZ on other consulting engagements.
On the basis of its scope of work, and in consideration of the limitations of the assurance engagement presented above, ERM concludes that, for the specified subject matter, Vodafone NZ's 2011 CR Report appropriately reports CR performance for the 12 months to 31 March 2011.
Based on the scope of work, and without affecting our assurance conclusion, ERM identified the following key findings:
ERM congratulates Vodafone NZ on its 2011 CR Report.
ERM New Zealand Ltd, 10 August 2011, Auckland, New Zealand
ERM New Zealand Limited (ERM) is an independent global provider of environmental, social and corporate responsibility consulting and assurance services. ERM has prepared this statement for Vodafone New Zealand in accordance with ERM's standard terms and the standard practised by members of the environmental consulting profession performing this type of service at the same time. No other warranty, express or implied, is given by ERM as a result of the provision of this statement. To the extent permitted by law, this statement is provided for informational purposes only, without the right to rely, and ERM will not be liable for any reliance which may be placed on this statement by a third party. This statement may not be used by any third party without ERM's express written permission.