We are a global organisation with 4,309 employees across 37 countries*. By being close to our customers around the world, we have a collaborative approach to business, which allows us to respond quickly and efficiently to unmet needs.
Our Business is split into four reporting market sectors:
We are the world’s leading supplier of speciality ingredients for the personal care industry. We achieve this by offering our customers expertise in formulation development, claims substantiation, market analysis and regulatory support. Our ingredients are used in a range of applications including skin care, sun care, hair care, colour cosmetics and toiletries.
Our Life Sciences market sector comprises three businesses: Health Care, Crop Care and Seed Enhancement. Health Care delivers high quality ingredients and formulation expertise to pharmaceutical and nutritional markets, which includes dermatology and animal health. Crop Care provides innovative ingredients and formulation expertise to agrochemical companies, enabling them to develop efficient, complex and safe products that help farmers achieve superior yields. Our Seed Enhancement business has the ability and technology to improve and enhance the quality of seeds and to apply seed treatment products.
Performance Technologies delivers high added value additives to a wide range of markets. It is organised into three business areas: Energy Technologies supplies automotive and industrial lubricants companies, as well as supplying into the Oil & Gas market. Energy Technologies is also developing a niche range of specialist materials for thermal management, catalysts, electronics and batteries. Smart Materials serves the coatings, adhesives and speciality polymers markets, including supplying additives into the plastics and packaging sector; and Home Care serves household product manufacturers, as well as industrial cleaning companies. Our Water Treatment business supplies innovative surfactants for use in the manufacture of water soluble polymers as well as other chemistries for the water treatment industry.
Our Industrial Chemicals market sector sells a range of co-streams produced during the manufacture of core sector products and undertakes toll processing.
In addition to the above, the Group has a Technology Investment Group that identifies and integrates new technology into the global Business structure, and a Process Innovation Team that innovates with new and existing processes to improve operational processes.
A list of our principal subsidiary companies that primarily affect the financial statements can be found on page 138-110 of our 2017 Annual Report. No entity included in our financial statements has been excluded from this report.
More information on our organisational structure can be found at www.croda.com.
*As at December 2017
Our sustainability programme is guided by the four global drivers that we consider to be the most important to the future of our Business:
1. Changing Demographics
2. Fragile World
3. Demand for Transparency and Trust
4. Digitalisation and Interconnectedness
As the impact of such global drivers changes the world around us, our sustainability programme must continue to evolve to meet the needs of our stakeholders, especially our customers and their consumers. We review our materiality annually with our Executive Committee and a panel of sustainability experts within the Business who sit on our Group Sustainability Steering Committee. The review takes place in four stages:
1. Identification and prioritisation of key Material Areas within Croda
2. Identification and prioritisation of key Material Areas for our stakeholders
3. Determination of materiality
4. Revision of our sustainability programme
Stage 1 - Identification and prioritisation of key Material Areas within Croda
We first defined our Materiality and Matrix in 2011. In 2013, we conducted an extensive review of our programme by considering the opportunities and threats presented by global drivers of change. As a result, we redefined our programme into 10 Material Areas with longer-term objectives.
In 2015, we conducted an appraisal of these Material Areas. Experts on the Steering Committee and the Executive Committee provided insights on how these Material Areas were received within the business, how they could be improved, where more resource is required, and gaps in the programme with future potential. These suggestions were then considered together with other factors, such as stakeholder priorities.
Stage 2 - Identification and prioritisation of key Material Areas for our stakeholders
Alongside insights from the Business, we conducted an extensive global stakeholder survey in 2014 to inform our Materiality and Matrix and an supplementary survey in 2015. Internal and external stakeholders were surveyed on all aspects of our sustainability programme, and key highlights from the survey include the following:
•Quality and safety are the most important themes to all stakeholders
•100% of customers believe we are very transparent/transparent in communicating our sustainability programme
•100% of customers and 67.7% of suppliers consider our sustainability programme to be a very important/ important reason to engage with us
•Process safety and employee safety are the priorities for the local communities in which we operate
•57.3% of employees say our sustainability programme is a very important/important reason for working for us
As well as the survey, we maintain a culture of open communication with our stakeholders throughout the year and conducted additional face-to-face meetings with investors, suppliers, customers, local communities, NGOs and regulatory bodies. Views of these stakeholders were represented at the annual review by the various experts from within the Business who have regular contact with these groups.
We also considered other external factors during the review and invited key stakeholder in to represent the views of our customers, peers, investors and third parties covering reporting frameworks such as human rights and lifecycle analysis.
Stage 3 - Determination of materiality
Each year we review our Material Areas with internal and external stakeholders. The Material Areas are then mapped onto our Priority Matrix, which details the areas of most importance to us and our stakeholders. The results from our stakeholder survey informed our updated Materiality Matrix, which shows the areas of highest importance to us compared to our stakeholders.
Stage 4 - Revision of our Sustainability programme
The previous three stages of our review informed the 2015 updates to our sustainability programme. Key updates include:
To continue to deliver improvement against our Material Areas, we establish clear commitments and performance targets. New or revised targets are set each year at our annual review with the input and approval of our Group Executive Committee.
In 2016, our sustainability programme was agian reviewed by the Group Executive Committee with the Global Sustainability Team and the Global Sustainability Steering Committee. No changes were made.
As a result of the annual review of our sustainability programme, the below Aspects were considered material:
|Economic||Environmental||Labour Practices and Decent Work|
|Procurement Practices||Energy||Occupational Health and Safety|
|Anti-corruption||Water||Training and Education|
|Anti-competitive behaviour||Biodiversity||Diversity and Equal Opportunity|
|Effluents and Waste|
|Human Rights||Society||Product Responsibility|
|Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining||Local Communities||Customer Health and Safety|
|Child Labour||Public Policy||Product and Service Labelling|
|Forced or Compulsory Labour||Marketing Communications|
There are no restatements to report.
Since our last report in 2016, there have been some changes to the Group targets.
Our performance against targets and future targets can be found throughout the Sustainability Report.
This report covers the sustainability performance of Croda International Plc for the period 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. The scope of this report is all wholly owned operations, plus those operations where we have significant management influence due to a majority shareholding. Unless otherwise stated, data provided throughout this report is for continuing operations.
In July 2017 we acquired Enza Biotech, a research enterprise established as a spin-out company from Lund University in Sweden; and in December 2017 we acquired IonPhasE, an innovative technology supplier of static electricity protection products headquartered in Tampere, Finland. Sustainability data from these acquisitions are not within the scope of this year’s report.
During July 2017 we also bought a minority shareholding in Cutitronics, whose patented handheld device has ultimately been designed to improve skin health. Due to the nature of this partnership their activities are not within the scope of our sustainability programme.The material Aspects therefore cover all fully managed operations. The boundary assessment concluded that the majority of material aspects are only material within the organisation. If and where exceptions occur, these are clearly stated within the disclosure.
More information about our operations can be found in our Annual Report.