Our science touches the lives
of millions every day.
Solving the big global issues
We focus our efforts on three big global challenges: helping to make the world's air cleaner, to keep its people healthy and to use its natural resources more efficiently. We've already made great strides in tackling these issues, and in fact, every year our solutions help relieve symptoms in millions of ill people, stop more than 20 million tonnes of pollutants in their tracks and help recycle rare elements up to a purity of 99.999%.
Building a sustainable business
Our science makes a huge positive impact on daily lives, not least through our investment in sustainable technologies; in fact, last year more than 85% of our sales came from products that positively contributed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. That being said, we know a true commitment to creating a cleaner, healthier world goes beyond our products and services. It's also about doing business in the right way and ensuring we're building a sustainable business platform. And creating a sustainable business doesn't end with us. We build relationships with all our stakeholders to ensure we can work together to help solve some of the world's greatest challenges.
Making a bold commitment
Back in 2007 we set out a ten-year commitment to make sustainability a part of the way we do business. We achieved what we set out to do by 2017, and because we know there's opportunity to do even more we've set out even more ambitious goals to 2025. It's a long journey to creating a cleaner, healthier world, but we know we have the strategy and dedication to help make it a reality.
Find out more about our approach to sustainable business below.
With our science, understanding and vision, we believe we have much to contribute to a more sustainable future; to help us get there we’ve designed a new sustainable business framework and six goals to support value creation.
View our sustainable business goals here.
We regularly conduct an assessment of the issues that matter most to our stakeholders, and use this feedback to inform our strategic approach and goal setting. Our sustainable business goals to 2025 therefore address the key material issues for our business - monitoring progress against our targets is used as a means of managing these.
In 2007 we launched our Sustainability 2017 Vision, which aimed to make more efficient use of resources in our operations and focus more on designing new products to help customers become more competitive and sustainable.
This period resulted in us reaching and exceeding many of our targets, thanks to a company-wide focus on sustainable practice across five key elements: social, environmental and financial issues, as well as governance (including regulations and reporting), and health and safety. And we’ve already set even more ambitious goals to 2025.
2017/18 in numbers
We continue to use our science and technology expertise to create products that have a positive impact on the planet.
Over the last year we’ve tracked progress towards our vision for a cleaner, healthier world by measuring the percentage of our sales that come from products that make a positive contribution to the UN’s sustainable development goals (UN SDGs). In 2017/18 the percentage of sales from products that positively contributed to the UN SDGs was 85.8%. We’re on the right track but we know we can improve. That’s why our sustainable business goal is to increase this to >90% by 2025.
In addition, during 2017/18 we removed 3.31m tonnes of pollutants and 10.6m tonnes of GHG emissions; and we hope to double these amounts by 2025.
You can read more on our latest sustainability results on page 17 of our Annual Report.
Good governance is a cornerstone of sustainability and the group has well established policies and management systems to support this which apply to all operations worldwide. Legal requirements are a minimum standard and in many cases our policies and systems are in advance of these.