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Avoiding and minimizing waste is important to us for both economic and ecological reasons and is an integral part of the continuous improvement regarding resource efficiency at Evonik.
We constantly strive to improve our plants and production processes. At the same time, in our lifecycle assessments we examine the use of our products right up to the end of their primary use phase. Our waste management priorities are first to avoid waste, or if this is not possible, to recycle it or use it to generate energy. Only as a last resort is it disposed of safely.
Further information can be found in our Sustainability Report.
We accept responsibility—for our business, our employees, the environment and society. Therefore, we have set ambitious environmental targets, for example for reducing specific greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition to logging direct emissions of greenhouse gases, since 2008 we have continuously analyzed selected categories of indirect greenhouse gas emissions and their distribution among different sources along the value chain. To determine the Evonik Carbon Footprint, which is monitored by external audits, we systematically use a method based on the Green-house Gas Protocol. This is reflected, among other things, in the WBCSD Guidance for Ac-counting and Reporting Corporate Green Gas Emissions, which Evonik was involved in developing.
Further information: Evonik Carbon Footprint Environmental targets at Evonik WBCSD Guidance for Accounting and Reporting Corporate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Greenhouse Gas Protocol
Protecting the climate and the environment are major global challenges of our age. We are aware of our corporate responsibility to maintain the natural basis of life for future generations. Through our efforts to achieve a further reduction in emissions along the value chain we make an important contribution to this. Major areas of ecological activity are derived from the need to protect ecosystems and efficiency aspects. For us, these are principally energy generation and consumption, emissions into the air—especially greenhouse gas emissions—and the management of water resources.
In 2010 the US Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Section 1502. This law seeks to end the violent conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries by cutting off the raw materials production and –selling that is used to fund these conflicts.
Under the law companies listed on US-stock exchanges have to report if they are using so-called conflict minerals (tantalum, tin, gold and tungsten). These companies have to disclose to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) if manufactured products use or contain conflict minerals originating in the covered countries.
Evonik Industries AG, as a non-US publicly traded company, is not subject to the law and is not obliged to comply with the disclosure requirements of the SEC.
Nevertheless as a responsible company Evonik is reviewing the use of conflict minerals in its supply chain. Doing so we support our customers in meeting their obligations. We have initiated conflict minerals due diligence to determine if these minerals are used in production processes or contained in our products, and if necessary where they originated from.
Within its sphere of influence, Evonik is committed to upholding the United Nations' Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and the International Labour Standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO). By signing the United Nation's Global Compact we have documented our unreserved commitment to these principles. We do not tolerate any conduct that violates these principles and also expect our suppliers to respect them.
Further information: Evonik Global Social Policy Policy Statement on Human Rights Evonik Code of Conduct Evonik Supplier Code of Conduct UN Global Compact UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights OECD-Guidelines for multinational Enterprises Core labor standards of the International Labour Organisation
Evonik develops, produces and markets nanomaterials. The most significant example is silica, which the company has been producing for decades. The specialty chemicals company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of silica. Silica makes a significant contribution to our mobility, comfort, environmental protection and health. One example: Through the use of the silica-silane system in low rolling-resistance tires for automobiles, up to eight percent less fuel is consumed compared to conventional tires. Safety for consumers, the environment, our customers and our employees is of central importance to Evonik. We have an excellent knowledge of our products and we have a sound data basis that we are continuously improving. For this reason, we firmly believe that the use of silica in consumer applications poses no risk to the health and does not damage the environment in any way. We support ongoing research and we are developing methods to improve the evaluation options even further. We wish to significantly expand our dialog on nanomaterials. As a global market leader, we contribute to the transparency and education regarding the topic of nanomaterials.
As a member of the chemical industry, it is important for us to meet high quality standards. In addition, the production, transportation and use of our products must comply with the law and be safe for people and the environment.
Our aim is to go beyond statutory requirements wherever possible. We are therefore committed to our own global Environment, Safety, Health and Quality (ESHQ) values. This means that our product stewardship ranges from production right through to disposal (cradle to grave principle). We have an extensive Chemicals Management System to ensure this.
In August 2014, Evonik signed the Responsible Care Global Charter of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA). We provide extensive information on safe handling of our products via the publicly accessible ICCA database.
Further information can be found in our Sustainability Report. ESHGQ-Values RC Global Charter Responsible Care Global Charter of the ICCA REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals)
Occupational health and safety has top priority at Evonik—ahead of sales and profits. This is applicable for our employees, and for the local communities around our sites worldwide. We therefore have set out binding requirements in a uniform global initiative on a culture of safety.
Further information can be found in our Sustainability Report. Safety at Evonik
Through our donations and sponsorship, we aim to support the positive development of vari-ous areas of society.
We therefore mainly support cultural, scientific, educational and sports projects and initia-tives, and also play a part in projects to provide regional assistance.
We have defined binding internal processes and criteria for donations and sponsorship.
Evonik is committed to high ethical and scientific standards. As a matter of principle, we only perform tests on animals where this is mandatory under national or international legislation and there is no alternative solution.
Further information: Animal protection at Evonik
The biodiversity of nature, ecosystems and genetic diversity form the basis for the balanced provision of food and oxygen, and the functioning of food chains and water systems. The industrial impact of humans appears to have brought the capability of our ecosystem to its limits. Worldwide, biodiversity is steadily decreasing. As a company, we are dependent on the functioning of ecosystems, and also impact them through our operations.
Our contribution to maintaining the quality of soil, water and air is our primary means of conserving biodiversity and ecosystems. We continuously examine ways of reducing our ecological footprint, for example, at our sites and their surroundings, in procurement, product development, production, logistics, transportation and our products.
As a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Evonik is committed to the use of sustainable palm oil in the supply chain. Since summer 2014 we have offered our customers in the cosmetic industry products that are certified as conforming to the RSPO stand-ard, including modern emulsifiers and consistency enhancers for cremes.
The availability of water is almost indispensable during the manufacturing of chemical prod-ucts. Water is used, for example, in the synthesis of products and as cooling water to ensure the safety of production processes. Water is a very important resource and needs to be used responsibly to protect and preserve it.
We therefore endeavor to use water in closed cooling circuits. Water is mainly used for cool-ing and process purposes in production facilities, to generate steam in power plants, and for sanitary requirements. To reduce the use of fresh water, we have established integrated supply systems with graduated water qualities.
The development and commercialization of innovative products and technologies also helps our efforts to use water responsibly.
Find Evonik's Sustainability Report 2015 for download heremore
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