Our underlying approach to sustainability focuses on establishing clear objectives and performance targets aligned to our material areas.

Product Stewardship

  • Assess the social and environmental practices of our highest risk suppliers by the end of 
  • 2017
  • Only supply RSPO certified palm oil ingredients by the end of 2017, subject to the feasibility of the supply chain
  • Implement a system that will facilitate the traceability of palm derived raw materials by the end of 2017

Product Design
  • Measure our new products and key existing products against the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry throughout 2016
  • Identify any sustainability benefits in use of our new products and key existing products throughout 2016
  • Measure the renewable content of our new products throughout 2016

Quality Assurance
  • Ensure that our recent acquisitions in China and Italy meet ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 by the end of 2016 and that any subsequent manufacturing acquisitions meet these minimum global standards within three years of final completion where appropriate
  • Apply the new Group Quality Manual throughout 2016 
  • Gain EXCiPACT certification for another three manufacturing sites producing pharmaceutical excipients by the end of 2016
  • Ensure that our major sales and distribution centres meet ISO 9001 by the end of 2018 to further enhance delivery of quality services and products to our customers

Environmental Impact
  • Reduce total Group energy intensity by 5% by the end of 2020
  • Generate 30% of the Group's total energy requirements from non-fossil fuel sources by the end of 2020
  • Reduce total Group VOC emissions by 10% by the end of 2020
  • Externally verify Group carbon and energy data from 2016
  • Reduce total Group water withdrawal by 10% by the end of 2020
  • Reduce Group waste to landfill by 10% by the end of 2020

Process Safety
  • Ensure that all Basis of Safety documents comply with new internal standards by the end of 2016
  • Ensure that all Process Risk Reviews are compliant with our internal quality targets by the end of 2018
  • Embed our Process Safety Management System at all manufacturing sites by the end of 2016, and at any subsequent acquisitions within three years of final completion where appropriate, through relevant management training programmes
  • Conduct an independent review of our Process Risk Reviews for high hazard processes by the end of 2020

Occupational Health & Safety
  • Achieve a sustained OSHA Recordable (TRC) injury rate in the top quartile of chemical manufacturing companies with more than 1,000 employees 
  • Implement a behavioural safety observation system across all manufacturing sites by the end of 2017
  • Implement a programme of Interaction Management training for line managers to enable clear communications with staff about safe behaviours by the end of 2017

Our People
  • Ensure that all employees have a formal annual appraisal by the end of 2017
  • Implement a global coaching programme for our senior leaders by the end of 2016 to enable them to develop future leaders
  • Implement a structured development programme for our Specialists by end of 2016 to enhance their learning and progression
  • Conduct regular global employee engagement surveys, with the first taking place in 2016

Diversity & Inclusion
  • Ensure that all locations have appropriate activities and policies to enable diversity in their workforce by the end of 2016

Knowledge Management
  • Develop a suite of best practice processes and training to enable better retention of knowledge within the business by the end of 2017
Community Education and Involvement
No public targets, but we remain committed to supporting our central network of employees who volunteer in their local communities.