Sustainability is a key business driver - Achievements and milestones include the following highlights

EcoVadis Platinum rating
Top 1%

$ 1.9 B revenue
from Eco-Premium Solutions in 2021

38% of revenue
from Eco-Premium Solutions 

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

22%
of organic raw materials are from renewable sources

Top-quartile performer

in people safety

49%

reduced OSHA incident rate and 79% reduced Process Safety Incident rate from 2018 through 2021 

100%

of our assigned employees completed compliance / ethics training

36%
Diversity represented on our Board of Directors1

58%

of commercial position promotions were female2

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Environment3

Company carbon footprint: Cradle-to-gate 

Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020  2021 % change
2009-2021
Direct emissions (Scope 1) Kton CO2-eq 526 533 523 537 550 +4%
Direct emissions (Scope 1) intensity Ton CO2
_eq /ton of
production
200 149 151 161 159 -21%
Indirect emissions (Scope 2)4 Kton CO2-eq 668 796 894 825 885 +32%
Indirect emissions (Scope 2)
intensity
Ton CO2
_eq /ton of
production
254 222 259 248 256 +1%
Combined Direct and Indirect emissions (Scope 1 and 2) kton CO2-eq 1.194 1.329 1.417 1.362 1.434 +20%
Scope 3 upstream emissions for Raw Materials5 kton CO2-eq n/a n/a 2.163 2.246 2.291  
Estimated Scope 3 Total kton CO2-eq       4.541    
Total emissions (Scopes 1, 2, and 3 estimated) kton CO2-eq       5.903    
Direct emissions, covered by emissions-limiting
regulations
% of Direct emissions   26% 25% 28% 29%  

Product carbon footprint: Operational emissions

Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020  2021 % change
2009-2021
Direct emissions Kton CO2-eq 526 531 516 530 544 +3,3%
Indirect emissions Kton CO2-eq 668 796 894 825 885 +32%
Average carbon footprint per ton of product Kg CO2-eq/ton 454 370 408 407 413 -9%

Energy management6

Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020  2021 % change
2009-2021
Total energy consumption mln GJ 23,0 29,1 29,8 30,2 32,1 +40%
Energy intensity GJ/ton of production 8,74 8,12 8,62 9,06 9,29 +6%
Percentage renewable energy7 %   51% 46% 52% 51%  
Percentage low carbon and renewable energy8 %   63% 59% 59% 59%  
Percentage grid electricity %   70% 62% 61% 60%  
Total self-generated electricity mln GJ - - - - -  

Air quality

Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020  2021 % change
2009-2021
NOx absolute emissions Ton 889 497 465 463 492 -45%
NOx emission intensity Kg/ton of production 0,34 0,14 0,13 0,14 0,14 -58%
SOx absolute emissions Ton 5.286 3.264 3.413 2.995 3.111 -41%
SOx emission intensity Kg/ton of production 2,01 0,91 0,99 0,90 0,90 -55%
VOC absolute emissions9 Ton 717 789 669 1.172 1.938 +170%
VOC emission intensity Kg/ton of production 0,27 0,22 0,19 0,35 0,56 +106%
Hazardous Air Polutants Ton         374  
Hazardous Air Polutants intensity Kg/ton of production         0,11  

Emission to Water – Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD)10

Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020  2021 % change
2009-2021
COD absolute emissions to surface water Ton 968 1.134 845 768 896 -7%
COD emission intensity to surface water Kg/ton of production 0,37 0,32 0,24 0,23 0,26 -30%
COD absolute emissions to external waste water treatment Ton     15.245 16.503 17.905  
COD emission intensity to external waste water treatment Kg/ton of production     4,41 4,96 5,18  

Water management

Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020  2021 % change
2009-2021
Total fresh water intake 1000 m3 162.148 142.953 134.721 174.123

161.436

-0,4%
Per ton of production m3/ton 61,7 39,9 39,0 44,2 46,7 -24%
Percentage in regions with high water stress % 0,3% 1,8% 2.8% 2.0% 1.6%  

Fresh water consumption11

Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020  2021 % change
2009-2021
Total 1000 m3 11.078 11.839 11.350 10.621 10.037 -9,4%
Per ton of production m3/ton 4,2 3,3 3,3 3,2 2,9 -31%
Percentage in regions with high water stress % 3% 17% 17% 18% 16%  

Waste management

Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020  2021 % change
2009-2021
Total waste Ton 47.746 51.365 52.659 50.872 53.068 +11,1%
Per ton of production Kg/ton of production 18.,2 14,3 15,2 15,3 15,4 -15%
Hazardous waste Ton 14.440 16.802 16.546 17.543 20.874 +45%
Of which to landfill Ton 1.615 312 417 465 268 -83%
Percentage recycled

% 39% 20% 25% 39% 36%  

Production 

Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020  2021  
Performance Formulations kton   1.844 1.792 1.708 1.725 -
Technology Solutions kton   1.740 1.662 1.622 1.729  

Sustainable sourcing

Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020  2021  
Suppliers screened using Risk IQ* %         96% -
Suppliers measured on Ecovadis performance*

%         49%  
% of bio-based raw materials (portion of organic materials) %     20% 21% 22%  

Management systems

Unit 2009 2018 2019
Per April 2021
Per Febr 28, 2022  
% of manufacturing sites with ISO-14001/RC-14001 certifications %       77% 84%  
% of manufacturing sites with ISO-9001 certifications %         88%  

1 Board Members who are female and/or of a US racial/ethnic minority.
2 Mid-level managers are defined as the management paygrade below the first senior executive level. Source data, December 2021.
3 For all figures, minor corrections to historical data may be made to improve accuracy or based on methodology updates.
4 All Scope 2 emissions are calculated using the market-based method.
5 In 2019, we updated our methodology for calculating Scope 3 upstream emissions. In prior years, we estimated emissions from raw materials based on the bill of materials
for products. In 2019, 2020, and 2021 we use actual raw material data. Raw materials exclude intra-company transfers, trading, tolling, and utilities.
6 Energy consumption is expressed in mln GJ which is the sum of the actual consumed by the sites. For 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 the consumption was extracted from our reporting system Enablon.
The energy consumption for 2009 was derived from the consumption expressed in Fuel Equivalents that year by applying a factor expressing the relation between direct consumption in GJ and Fuel Equivalents for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

7 Including renewable grid electricity.
8 Renewable energy data includes renewable fuel consumed, produced and purchased and is based on utility or supplier data, or other green power products.
This does not consider certifications for biomass and hydro power, which are not tracked currently.

9 The increase in the 2020 volatile organic components (VOC) emissions compared to 2019 is due to the acquisition of the CMC Äänekoski site.8 Until 2018, only COD discharge to surface water was measured.
10 Until 2018, only COD discharge to surface water was measured.

11 Total freshwater consumption (excluding once through cooling water intake) [1,000m3]

 

Social

Workforce data12

Unit 2018 2019 2020  2021
Global headcount Nouryon employees # 10.395 10.389 9.730 7.65013
% female in workforce % 23% 24% 23% 25%
% female in senior positions14 % 26% 25% 24% 24%
Employee turnover rate (voluntary and involuntary)

% 12% 17% 14% 14%

Safety

Unit 2018 2019 2020  
Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR)– Nouryon Employees, temporary workers and contractors Per 200,000 hours worked 0,34 0,26 0,23 0,17
Lost Time Incident Rate (LTIR) – Nouryon Employees, temporary workers and contractors Per 200,000 hours worked 0,15 0,07 0,13 0,09

Management systems

Unit 2018 2019 2020 2021
% of manufacturing sites with OHSAS-18001/RC-18001 and ISO45001 certifications %     36% 16%

12 Workforce data prior to 2021 includes Nobian employees (Nobian’s separation from Nouryon occurred in 2021). 2021 workforce data excludes Nobian employees.
13 Headcount and similar metrics may differ slightly, depending on exact collection date, due to timing of reporting schedules, divestments, and acquisitions, as well as regular workforce fluctuations.
14 Senior positions are defined as mid-level managers and above. Source data December
2021.

 

Governance

 

Board 

2018

2019

2020

2021

Directors 9 9 10 11
Average director tenure (years) 0 1 2 2
Independent directors 8 8 9 10
Independent directors (%)

89% 89% 90% 91%

Board diversity

2018
2019

2020

2021

Women on the Board 1 0 1 3
Women on the Board (%) 11% - 10% 27%
Racially/ethnically diverse on Board 1 0 0 1
Racially/ethnically diverse on Board (%) 11% - - 9%
Board diversity (%) 11% - 10% 36%

Board coverage of ESG issues

2018 2019 2020  2021
Frequency of Board updates on ESG issues Quarterly Quarterly Quarterly Quarterly
Board oversight of climate strategy? (Y/N)

Y Y Y Y

Policies

2018 2019 2020  2021
Code of Conduct, anti-discrimination, anti-harassment N Y Y Y
Anti-corruption, anti-bribery N Y Y Y
Business Partner Code of Conduct, including suppliers N Y Y Y
Health, Safety, Environment and Security (HSE&S), including product stewardship N N Y Y
Palm oil statement N N Y Y
Sensitive Country Policy N N Y Y

 

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