Technology & Communication

SASB’s provisional standards for the technology & communication sector were developed via a multi-stakeholder process consisting of research supported by Bloomberg technology, data and analytical tools; balanced, multi-stakeholder industry working groups; and a public comment period; and review by an independent Standards Council composed of experts in standards development, securities law, environmental law, metrics and accounting. As SASB is committed to a transparent and open standards development process, this page contains documentation of the standards development process for this sector.

 

Technology & Communication Standards

The following document contains the Technology sector’s provisional standards produced via the standards development process.

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Technology & Communication Industry Briefs

SASB’s Industry Briefs provide an industry-specific context for the organization’s accounting standards. The briefs describe each sustainability topic and outline the evidence of materiality and the link to corporate valuation. In addition, the briefs describe the regulatory trends that are likely to impact the link between sustainability and financial performance.

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Technology & Communication Issues Table

The following table provides a draft overview of the disclosure topics for the seven industries in the Technology & Communication sector.

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Example of Integrated Disclosure in Form 10-K

The following is a mock excerpt from a Form 10-K for a Software and IT company, “Cloud Cover”, that incorporates disclosure to the SASB Standard for Software and Technology into its Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (MD&A). This document serves as an example of one type of disclosure SASB envisions for its standards; it is not intended to provide a template for companies to follow. This is a working document on which SASB is actively soliciting feedback on the content, scope, and presentation format of disclosure to SASB Standards.

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List of Industry Working Group Participants

This list contains the names of all the Technology & Communication IWG participants that publicly participated. IWG participants contribute as individuals, and not as members of their present or past companies.

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Sector Process Materials

 

Industry Working Group Due Process Report

Prepared by SASB, this report outlines the industry working group process, including recruiting processes, composition of members, industry working group feedback, and how SASB addressed the input of the industry working group.

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Standards Council Process Review

Prepared by the Standards Council, this document reviews and comments on the findings of the Industry Working Group Due Process Report.

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Standards Outcome Report

Prepared by SASB, this report documents the changes made to SASB’s standards throughout the standards development process, in response to evidence-based research, industry working group feedback, and recommendations from the process review conducted by the SASB Standards Council.

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Standards Council Outcome Review

Prepared by the Standards Council, this document reviews and comments on the findings of the Standards Outcome Report.

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Public Comment Period

Public Comment Version of Standards (All Industries)

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Public Comments Received 

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Responses to Public Comment 

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Industries

 

The industries listed below make up the Technology & Communication Sector of SICS™. The companies listed below each industry are the top 5 companies by revenue, and are listed only to provide tangible examples of the types of companies in each industry.


Electronic Manufacturing Services & Original Design Manufacturing

    • Jabil Circuit
    • Arrow Electronics
    • Sanmina-SCI
    • Anixter International
    • Wesco International

Software & IT Services

    • IBM
    • Microsoft
    • Hewlett-Packard
    • Oracle
    • Computer Science

Hardware

    • Apple
    • Hewlett-Packard
    • Dell
    • Cisco Systems
    • IBM


Semiconductors

    • Intel
    • Qualcomm
    • Texas Instruments
    • Applied Material
    • Micron Technology

Telecommunications

    • AT&T
    • Verizon
    • Sprint
    • CenturyLink
    • NII Holdings

Internet Media & Services

    • Google
    • Live Nation
    • Yahoo!
    • Priceline
    • Facebook