Fact Sheet 2020, 1,7 Mb

Our approach

Nouryon is contributing to a sustainable future. From reducing our own environmental impact, to partnering to develop new innovative, sustainable solutions for our end-markets that answer societal needs, sustainability is embedded in our growth strategy, our values and in how we define our future success. 

Key highlights from report
Key highlights from report

2020 Highlights

Sustainability further integrated in company strategy and values
Launched a new company strategy and values which integrate sustainability. This complements our existing company purpose, ‘Your partner in essential chemistry for a sustainable future.’

Top-quartile safety performance
In 2020 our recordable injury rates reached a record low. We have eight lifesaving rules and host an annual Safety Day to increase awareness and share expertise.

Aligning with global goals
Based on our first materiality assessment, completed in 2019, we developed our strategic framework, aligned with the UN SDGs. We support the objectives of the UN’s Paris Agreement on climate change.

Introduced greenhouse gas mitigation strategy
Launched global targets to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 25% and to increase the share of our low carbon energy to 60% by 2025.

Meeting customer needs
Achieved an EcoVadis Silver rating, putting us in top 10% of the chemical industry and in a good position to meet the growing expectations of our customers. In addition, we used EcoVadis to assess the sustainability of 34% of our suppliers.

Driving sustainable innovation
33% of our 2020 revenue came from Eco-Premium Solutions. These solutions deliver a significant sustainability benefit to our customers over the most mainstream market alternative. Launched new sustainable products in 2020, including: anti-viral paint coatings, bio-based products that replace synthetic polymers, products that reduce air emissions, bio-degradable crop protection ingredients, and products for cool roof coatings which save energy by reducing the need for air conditioning.

We do it right
100% of assigned employees completed compliance trainings. All supplier contracts and purchase order standard terms and conditions require adherence to our Business Partner Code of Conduct. We conduct a comprehensive Enterprise Risk Management process throughout the year, and 77% of our sites have certified environmental management systems (ISO-14001).

Environment

Company carbon footprint: Cradle-to-gate 

  Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020 % change
2009-2020
Direct emissions (Scope 1) Kton CO2-eq 1,167 1,408 1,161 1,185 +2%
Direct emissions (Scope 1) intensity Ton CO2
_eq /ton of
production
101 87 71 73 -27%
Indirect emissions (Scope 2) Kton CO2-eq 2,069 1,581 1,772 1,747 -16%
Indirect emissions (Scope 2)
intensity
Ton CO2
_eq /ton of
production
180 113 128 128 -29%
Scope 3 upstream emissions Kton CO2-eq n/a n/a 1,989 2,112  
Direct emissions, covered by emissions-limiting
regulations
% of Direct emissions   71% 67% 69%  

Product carbon footprint: Operational emissions

  Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020 % change
2009-2020
Direct emissions Kton CO2-eq 1,167 1,217 1,001 1,001 -14%
Indirect emissions Kton CO2-eq 2,069 1,581 1,772 1,747 -16%
Product carbon footprint Kg CO2-eq/ton 281 200 199 201 -28%

Energy management

  Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020 % change
2009-2020
Total energy consumption mln GJ 76,8 92,2 87,8 88,9 +16%
Energy intensity GJ/ton of production 6,67 6,59 6,38 6,52 -2%
Percentage renewable %   47 44 49  
Percentage low carbon and renewable %   58 56  56  
Percentage grid electricity %   70% 70% 61%  
Total self-generated electricity mln GJ   8,730 6,852 6,689  

Air quality

  Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020 % change
2009-2020
NOx absolute emissions Ton 1,458 1,312 1,012 1,004 -31%
NOx emission intensity Kg/ton of production 0,13 0,09 0,07 0,07 -42%
SOx absolute emissions Ton 5,323 3,275 3,412 3,003 -44%
SOx emission intensity Kg/ton of production 0,46 0,23 0,25 0,22 -52%
VOC absolute emissions Ton 737 790 653 1,213 +65%
VOC emission intensity Kg/ton of production 0,06 0,06 0,05 0,09 +39%

Emission to water (COD)

  Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020 % change
2009-2020
COD absolute emissions Ton 1,202 1,257 961 871 -28%
COD emission intensity Kg/ton of production 0,10 0,09 0,07 0,06 -39%

Water management

  Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020 % change
2009-2020
Total fresh water intake 1000 m3 253,816 189,182 177,948 177,030 -30%
Per ton of production m3/ton 22,0 13,5 12,9 13,0 -41%
Percentage in regions with high water stress % 0,2% 1,3% 1,4% 1,6%  

Fresh water consumption

  Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020 % change
2009-2020
Total 1000 m3 27,469 28,747 27,724 26,575 -3%
Per ton of production m3/ton 2,39 2,05 1,98 1,95 -18%
Percentage in regions with high water stress % 1,1% 5,7% 6,9% 8,8%  

Waste management

  Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020 % change
2009-2020
Total waste Ton 62,705 56,629 57,222 54,802 -13%
Per ton of production Kg/ton of production 5,45 4,05 4,14 4,03 -26%
Hazardous waste Ton 19,184 20,187 20,240 20,177 +5%
Of which to landfill Ton 2,970 437 487 485 -84%
Percentage recycled % 37% 33% 38% 36%  

Production 

  Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020  
Performance Formulations kton   1,422 1,655 1,602 -
Technology Solutions kton   1,771 1,665 1,625  
Nobian kton   10,796 10,514 10,411  

Sustainable sourcing

  Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020  
Suppliers assessed on sustainability #     57 97 -
% of bio-based raw materials
(portion of organic materials)
    18 17 19  

Management systems

  Unit 2009 2018 2019 2020  
% of manufacturing sites with ISO-14001/RC-14001 certifications %       77%  

 

Social

Workforce data

  Unit 2018 2019 2020
Global headcount Nouryon employees # 10.395 10.389 9.730
% female in workforce % 23% 24% 23%
% female in senior positions % 26% 25% 24%
Employee turnover rate (voluntary and involuntary) % 12% 17% 14%

Safety

  Unit 2018 2019 2020
Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR)– Nouryon Employees and temporary workers Per 200,000 hours worked 0,28 0,29 0,23
Lost Time Incident Rate (LTIR) – Nouryon Employees and temporary workers Per 200,000 hours worked 0,15 0,10 0,15

Management systems

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

Governance

Board

  2018 2019 2020
Directors 8 9 10
Average director tenure (years) 0 1 2
Independent directors 0 0 1
Independent directors (%) 0% 0% 10%

 

Board diversity

  2018 2019 2020
Women on the Board 0 0 1
Women on the Board (%) 0% 0% 10%

Board coverage of ESG issues

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

Policies

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

 

Economic

Board

€ millions 2018 2019 2020
Revenues 5.064 5.082 4.700
Adjusted EBITDA 1.071 1.128 1.162
Total assets 12.853 12.263 11.521