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People Positive

People Positive

We will apply our innovation to increase our positive impact on society. We are improving the lives of our own employees and people around the world by developing ingredients to improve health and wellbeing as well as encouraging and promoting diversity. By becoming People Positive we will directly contribute towards the following UN SDG targets: 

SDG 3.3, SDG 3.4, SDG 5.5, SDG 17

Through our Croda Foundation we are supporting a wide range of SDGs, defined by the specific projects involved.

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  • 5% increase in the number of female process operators
  • 55 million people protected annually through the use of Croda sun protection ingredients
  • Supported the global scale up of COVID-19 vaccine delivery and rapidly executed significant investments at manufacturing sites in the UK and USA
  • First six projects approved for funding by the Croda Foundation Board of Trustees

People Positive: our world in 2030

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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).

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Contract for innovative delivery system for COVID19 vaccine

We have recently entered into an agreement with Pfizer Inc. to supply novel excipients used in the manufacture of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

Objectives and examples of progress

We will achieve gender balance in our business by focusing on recruitment and development opportunities to increase the number of women in leadership positions.

Case study: Diversity and Inclusion (D&I)

Our target is to achieve gender balance across our leadership roles by 2030. In 2021 we defined a D&I roadmap identifying actions in five key areas to ensure we achieve this. These areas are: diversity data gathering; improving D&I awareness; developing our D&I brand; measuring and setting KPIs and alignment to reward and recognition.

We have continued to build D&I awareness across Croda, including running masterclasses from thought leaders in the field. We established a new global development programme focused on inclusive leadership called Phoenix Rising. As part of our approach to understanding local inclusion and diversity needs, our regional teams also established new D&I sub-committees to complement our Global D&I Committee. These have been instrumental in advising regional management on a range of topics to help deliver real change in our employee experience. 


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Laboratory work

UK Government to support expansion of Croda's lipid systems manufacturing facility

31 March 2022: This investment will significantly enhance the development of high-purity lipid systems, essential delivery systems for next generation nucleic acid drugs such as mRNA vaccines.

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Croda joins the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Croda International Plc, the company that uses smart science to create high-performance ingredients and solutions that improve lives, has today joined over 200 of the world’s leading sustainable...

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