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Tracking our progress


We have identified objectives and metrics to monitor our progress in relation to each of the five SDGs to which we are committed. To ensure transparency in our reporting, we have also included an indicator as to our current assessment of the likelihood of achieving the objective within the stated timeframe. This is to acknowledge the fact that many of our targets are ambitious in nature.

We have added some new metrics in 2021. No metrics have been removed since we reported in 2020. Some metrics from 2020 have been amended but this has not resulted in any restatement of prior year numbers. Where amendments have been made, the reasons are discussed in the Notes below the table.


N1 New commitment. See details in ‘Sustainability Reporting’ on p.11 and Appendix: UNEP FI on p. 64.

N2 New commitment. See details in ‘Sustainability Reporting’ on p.11 and Appendix: UNEP FI on p. 64.

N3 New commitment. See details in ‘Sustainability Reporting’ on p.11.

N4 See ‘Health and safety’ on p.19 for further details.

N5 We have amended the health and safety management metric to align with our compliance with ISO 45001, which we migrated to in 2021. This certification has replaced OHSAS 18001. 2018, 2019, and 2020 data refers to OHSAS 18001.

N6 2021 did not see an increase in our women in senior management metric. However, we expect the actions outlined in ‘Diversity, equity and inclusion’ on p.15 to bring us closer to achieving this commitment by 2030.

N7 We have amended the gender pay gap metric to align with the language in our 2021 Gender Pay Report. This does not result in any restatement of prior year numbers.

N8 2021 saw a further decline in our disability representation metric. However, we expect the actions outlined in ‘SDG8: Decent Work and Economic Growth’ on p.13-21 to bring us back on track in 2022.

N9 We have amended the waste metric to ‘maintenance’ to reflect the fact that this has already been achieved. This does not result in any restatement of prior year numbers.

N10 We have amended the supplier auditing metric to ‘our top suppliers’ as we have achieved this with our top 20 and have expanded this programme of activity. This does not result in any restatement of prior year numbers. See ‘Sustainable procurement’ on p.35 for further details.

N11 We have updated our sustainable procurement objective to give us greater visibility of our suppliers’ commitments. This objective replaced the 2020 objective to ‘Ensure materials are purchased from responsible sources, e.g. 100% paper FSC certified’. The new objective aims to ensure that 90% of our tenders include sustainability criteria where, in the opinion of the buyer in consultation with the evaluation team, it is proportionate and relevant to the subject matter.

N12 Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from owned or controlled sources (e.g. fuel combustion, company vehicles). Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from purchased utilities (e.g. purchased electricity). The baseline year for Scope 1 and 2 emissions is 2009 and we use ISO 14064-1 methodology to calculate these. We report Scope 2 emissions using the market based method.

N13 This reduction can be attributed to a change in reporting metrics for NOx emissions, which was recommended by both our ISO 50001 and IPC auditors as being the appropriate reporting standard for us to utilise in Ireland.

N14 A review of Scope 3 emissions in 2021 identified that emissions from our post office network, which are not directly within the An Post property portfolio, should be included in our figures, resulting in a rise in this number.

N15 Scope 3 emissions include all sources not within our Scope 1 and 2 boundaries (e.g. employee commuting, waste disposal etc) but do not include our subsidiaries.

N16 In the Report next year, we will be reporting on the percentage of the vehicle fleet to run on alternative fuel sources to diesel, with the objective for this to be 50% by 2025. We are updating our electric vehicle metric to better represent our move to different sources of alternative fuels within our fleet. We will not be restating prior years.

N17 Our eco-driver training is a combination of three programmes: eVan training, Pro-Drive and CPC mandatory training for C Licence holders.

N18 New commitment. See details in ‘Fleet efficiency’ section on p.43

N19 This objective was extended to 2021 in our 2020 Sustainability Report as COVID-19 delayed the planned extension of emission-free deliveries.

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