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Our Fundamentals

Our social licence to operate is built on trust and is the foundation of everything we do. We consider all stakeholders in our ecosystem and strive to adopt best practices with regard to the environment, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. Through our Fundamentals, we will directly contribute towards the following UN SDG targets:

SDG 3.4, SDG 3.9, SDG 4.3, SDG 6.3, SDG 6.4, SDG 8.5, SDG 8.8, SDG 12.2, SDG 12.5, SDG 12.6, SDG 12.7, SDG 14.1

By being a responsible business, we are contributing to a wide range of SDGs, as determined by our specific actions and projects.



  • All employees temporary and permanent are paid a living wage at the end of 2021, according to Fair Wage Network criteria
  • 17% reduction in Process Safety Incident rates compared to 2020
  • Awarded Business of the Year at the World Sustainability Awards 
  • 94% of palm derivative volumes purchased have supply chain transparency achieved to refinery. 

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Our targets

We are developing our sustainability strategy to 2030, ensuring our alignment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Procurement and sustainable sourcing

Using natural resources brings a responsibility to ensure no associated negative social or environmental impacts, and an opportunity to advocate and contribute to positive change.



Behavioural and process safety are extremely important for us at Croda, the safety of our employees and neighbours is of paramount importance.

Examples of progress

We will protect the natural environment through the responsible management of our water consumption and waste production.

Case study: Waste management 

Iberchem, our global fragrance and flavours business based in Spain, has championed waste management best practices through robust policies and employee education programmes. In recognition of its achievements, the company received a Zero Waste Certification from AENOR, the Spanish organisation responsible for the development and distribution of technical standards. Iberchem attained the certification by diverting more than 97% of its waste from landfills and incinerators to recycling and recovery facilities (7% above certification requirements). The evaluation covered 19 categories of waste, including paper, plastic, water and electronics. This represents a significant step in transitioning away from a linear model towards a circular economy.

Read more about sustainability being at the heart of what we do:

Croda joins the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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Sustainability expert Aris Vrettos joins Croda

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