The United Nation Sustainable Development Goals play a key part in shaping our strategy. We act on our commitment to sustainability through our purpose, “Smart Science to Improve Lives”. By 2030, we are committed to becoming Climate, Land and People positive. This encompasses all aspects of our business.
We will be the most sustainable supplier of innovative ingredients. We will create, make and deliver solutions to tackle some of the biggest challenges the world is facing. By 2030 we will be Climate, Land and People Positive.
Our commitment to the UN SDGs
What are the UN SDGs?
On the 25th September 2015, the United Nations (UN) adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The SDGs are a set of 17 global goals and 169 specific targets measured through 230 indicators. The SDGs will be highly influential in shaping the future trajectory of sustainable development, as all countries are expected to try and achieve the goals by 2030.
The UN SDGs have been described as closest thing to a strategy for planet Earth that humanity has ever generated. The SDGs:
- avoid the need for a subjective view on what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for society
- are adopted as a reference point; agreed by 195 governments
Further information on how these SDGs were developed and current progress towards the goals can be found on the UN website.
What do the UN SDGs mean to us at Croda?
In 2018, our Executive Committee worked with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership to develop our sustainability strategy to 2030 and achieve alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Following an assessment of the relevance of the SDGs to our business, we divided the SDGs into two categories.
- The ‘Drivers’ are SDGs that we directly contribute to through our strategy and through the sales of our products across all sectors. For example, through the sustainability benefits our products offer in use or our emission reduction targets.
- The ‘Fundamental’ SDGs are ones that we contribute to through our day to day business activities or indirectly through our philanthropic activities, so while they are important, they do not drive our strategy.
- Goal 17 sits between these two layers, as nearly all our contributions are dependent on partnerships between ourselves and other stakeholders.