The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is an international framework for voluntary reporting of the economic, environmental and social impacts of company performance.

The table below indicates the areas of our report which cover the GRI 3 (the third generation of guidelines) and whether we have done this fully, in part or not at all. We believe that the RE CR Report represents a balanced and reasonable presentation of our company’s performance and have self declared our reporting level against the criteria in the GRI application levels as B.

Application Level Criteria

Reports intended to qualify for level C, C+, B, B+, A or A+ must contain each of the criteria that are presented in the column for the relevant level.

Report Application Level diagram

Reporting Status Key:

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We report against this indicator
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We partially report against this indicator
We do not report against this indicator
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All numbers refer to pages in the RE CR Report unless otherwise indicated as AR (RE Annual Report)

GRI 3 Reporting Element

Status Where this can be found/explanation

Profile, Strategy and Analysis

1.1 CEO Statement ••• Chief Executive’s Introduction
1.2 Description of key impacts, risks and opportunities. ••• Chief Executive’s Introduction,
Material issues and objectives

Organisational Profile

2.1 Company name. ••• Our business
2.2 Primary brands, products, and/or service. ••• Our business
2.3 Operational structure of the organisation. ••• Reed Elsevier corporate structure
2.4 Location of organisation’s headquarters. ••• Our business
2.5 Countries where organisation operates. ••• Our business,
Reed Elsevier corporate structure
2.6 Nature of ownership and legal form. ••• Our business,
Reed Elsevier corporate structure
2.7 Markets served. ••• Our business
2.8 Scale of the reporting organisation. ••• Good performance is recognised externally
2.9 Significant changes during the reporting period. ••• Reed Elsevier corporate structure,
AR: Chairman’s statement
2.10 Awards received in the reporting period. ••• Good performance is recognised externally

Report Parameters

Report Profile

3.1 Reporting period. ••• Reporting period:
1 January-31 December 2008
3.2 Date of most recent previous report. ••• April 2008
3.3 Reporting cycle (annual, biennial, etc.). ••• Annual
3.4 Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents. ••• Feedback

Report Scope and Boundary

3.5 Process for defining report content. ••• Our approach to corporate responsibility,
Material issues and objectives
3.6 Boundary of the report. ••• Our approach to corporate responsibility,
Climate change,
AR: Divisional summary
3.7 Specific limitations on the scope or boundary of the report. ••• Our business,
Our approach to corporate responsibility,
Material issues and objectives
3.8 Basis for reporting on joint ventures, subsidiaries, etc. ••• Our business,
Our approach to corporate responsibility,
Material issues and objectives,
Climate change,
Travel
3.9 Data measurement techniques and the bases of calculations. ••• 2008 Data summary,
People,
Health and safety,
Environment,
What we give
3.10 Explanation of the effect of any re-statements compared to earlier reports. ••• 2008 Data summary,
Reporting guidelines – 2008 environmental data
3.11 Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope, boundary, or measurement methods applied. ••• Reporting guidelines – 2008 environmental data

GRI Content Index

3.12 Table identifying the location of the (GRI) Standard Disclosures in the report. ••• Appendices

Assurance

3.13 Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report. ••• People,
Health and safety,
Reporting guidelines – 2008 environmental data,
What we give,
LBG Assurance Statement,
Ernst & Young LLP Assurance Statement