Sustainability Report 2021


Sustainability at Nouryon

We believe that good chemistry is key to a sustainable future. Sustainability is a key business driver and integral to our operations and product offering. Key 2021 highlights include joining the UN Global Compact, a record-breaking safety performance in terms of people and process safety, carbon-neutral manufacturing progress at six sites, 71% of our R&D pipeline is focused on solutions with sustainable benefits that meet growing customer needs and EcoVadis Gold rating and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) B Climate Change score. Read more in our 2021 Sustainability Report.



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74% process safety incident rate decrease

Set target to reduce our absolute GHG emissions by 40% by 2030, along with our 2050 net zero aspiration.

71% of our R&D pipeline is focused on solutions with sutainable benefits

38% of our revenue from Eco-Premium Solutions

Our Targets

We have set ambitious targets to improve our environmental performance. As the transition to a net-zero-carbon economy accelerates, we continue to challenge ourselves to reduce impacts, mitigate risks, and harness growth opportunities related to climate change.

Our targets

Continuously Improving Our Safety and Environmental Performance

Sustainability is at the core of our operations and our focus on continually improving our safety performance and further reducing our environmental footprint for the benefit of our employees, contractors, customers, communities, and the environment shows in our recordbreaking safety performance in terms of people and process safety.Improve_Graphs_640x75.png


78% reduction in Process Safety Events*

Eco-efficiency tracking in place at 100% of manufacturing sites.

15% reduction of our total waste intensity*

31% reduction of our water consumption intensity*

Joined the UN Global Compact

In June 2021, we strenghtened our sustainability commitments by joining the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

Memberships and ratings

Growing Our Sustainable Solutions
Through Innovation

We are dedicated to helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals and to growing our attractive end-markets by investing resources, via our Innovation and Application Centers and through our talent and capacity. Our end-markets are driven by societal mega-trends and the associated trends influencing our customers, among them, increasing demand for: eco-friendly and more-natural, bio-based products; renewable energy and raw materials; biodegradable solutions; reduced carbon emissions, and recycling improvements. 2021 examples include LumaTreat®, our revolutionary smart-tagged polymers for water treatment.


Retention rate of more than 98% over the past five years for our top 250

Megatrends drive growth for sustainable solutions like Amaze™ SP Natural Polymers for hairstyling

ArmoSoft® DEVQ: New vegetable based active for fabric softeners

Learn more about how we enable our customers to meet their sustainability goals

Sustainability stories hub

Engaging and Partnering with Employees, Customers, Suppliers and Society to Drive Progress

We actively engage and partner with our employees, customers, suppliers, and society to drive progress. We empower our people to successfully deliver on our Company purpose and strategy through our Values: ‘We aim high’, ‘We own it’, and ‘We do it right’. These form the backbone of our performance-driven culture.


36% gender and ethnic diversity represented on our Board of Directors*

24% of mid-level managers and above are female in 2021*

Established Global I&D Network

Established Global Mentoring Program and Business Resource Groups

96% of suppliers were assessed for CSR risk using the EcoVadis
Risk IQ tool*

Case Studies and Examples of our Progress

Memberships and ratings

We are proud of our partnerships and the recognition we have received in 2021.

Our track record has earned us a Gold Rating by EcoVadis, placing Nouryon in the top 3% of companies then assessed by the global sustainability ratings provider in 2021. We voluntarily provided responses to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) climate questionnaire resulting in a first-time score of B for Climate Change.

As a member and signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, we support the objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate change. We also participate in policy discussions on sustainability within our industry via trade associations. 


Governance and Doing our Part throughout the Value Chain

Download the Sustainability Report 2021

We invite you to read more about all of the progress we are making in this report. And, as in previous years, we transparently report relevant data, including a clear overview of our Environmental, Social, and Governance
(ESG) data. Thank you for your interest in Nouryon’s contribution to a
sustainable future.  

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