Contributing to a more sustainable future

We believe that good chemistry contributes to the prosperity and well-being of a sustainable society. Our commitment to a sustainable future focuses on the six UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) where our company and our products make the biggest contribution.

A focused approach

In 2019, Nouryon conducted a Materiality Assessment amongst internal and external stakeholders to identify the issues that are of most importance to the company, such as health and safety; sustainable innovation and product development; and energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Combined with our market-focused company strategy, this helped identify the UN Sustainable Development Goals where we can have the most impact.

Our contribution - by goal

teaser image SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

We have a solid portfolio that brings essential functionalities to our customers, including crop nutrients, sustainable adjuvants, and biodegradable, non-flammable solvents with safe toxicological profiles. For example, our solutions help plants grow by providing nutrients to safely increase agricultural productivity and yields using fewer resources. These solutions also improve overall soil health, resulting in a reduced need for plowing and less erosion over time.

teaser image SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

We prioritize health and safety in our operations and are an industry leader when it comes to people safety. We also provide a range of essential ingredients for cleaning, personal care, pharmaceuticals, and food. These include safer, bio-based cleaning and personal care products; products that contribute to the controlled release of active ingredients in pills, insulin production, and iron fortification in staple foods; and ingredients used in water treatment. We are also a founding member of Smarter Futures, which focuses on improving the health of women and children in Africa suffering from iron and folate deficiency.

teaser image SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

We believe that business performance and sustainability go hand in-hand. As part of our new strategy, we aim to create sustainable growth in emerging markets such as China and India. We also work to empower employees and create a high-performing, inclusive, and diverse workplace that reflects the global nature of our company and customers.

teaser image SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

A sustainable future will require new products and processes. We develop new products which contribute to a more sustainable society, such as bio-based and biodegradable ingredients for cleaning products and ingredients that help infrastructure last longer and use less energy.

teaser image SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

As the “industry of industries,” the chemicals sector plays a key role in enabling more sustainable and circular production. Improving the eco-efficiency of our factories is a key component of our approach to sustainability. We continuously innovate to create more sustainable and circular products, for example by using renewable feedstocks like cellulose instead of fossil based feedstocks, and circular production methods, such as co-locating with customers to minimize transport and create shared resource models.

teaser image SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

We recognize that climate change has a fundamental impact on the global environment, society, and business economics and we do our part to combat it by reducing greenhouse gas emissions along our value chain. In support of the UN Paris Climate Agreement, we have reduced our absolute carbon footprint over the past decade. We are committed to reaching our target of an additional 25% carbon emission reduction between 2020 and 2025 by adopting new technologies and more efficient processes and sourcing more low-carbon energy. In addition to improving our own operational footprint, we make many products that help our customers become more sustainable. For example, our products increase light weighting and enhance durability and yield of products, helping customers significantly reduce their energy, fuel, and resource consumption.

Learn more - Nouryon's sustainability pillars

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