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Sustainable ways of working in R&D

We are focused on aligning the work of our global R&D teams with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this includes mapping how each of the 169 SDG targets can be supported through our innovation, identifying how we can better use the SDGs to direct our R&D.

This work has increased our appetite to maximise sustainability within new product development, leading to the creation of a New Product Development Checklist. This checklist sees each of the SDG targets mapped against the 12 Green Principles of Chemistry, with each of the 12 principles met by at least one of the SDG targets. We rate innovation projects against both the SDGs and 12 principles, aligning our efforts with customer and consumer demand while providing a holistic view of sustainability that includes the sustainability benefits in use of our products.