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Our Environment, Safety, Health and Quality (ESHQ) Values set out our commitments in these areas.
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Our ESHQ Values form the basis for policies and objectives which are used to manage ESHQ throughout the Evonik Group. The legal conformity of these regulations was validated by an external appraisal in 2009. The business areas and business units are responsible for implementing the relevant regulations. Implementation is checked, for example, through regular audits at site and regional level. The Corporate Center conducts additional cross-unit audits to check compliance with Group regulations. Building on the findings of internal and external monitoring processes, site inspections, reviews and incident analysis, talks are held on the scope for improvement, and implementation of the agreed measures is monitored. The Executive Board is informed annually of the outcome of these audits. In the Chemicals Business Area, more than 95 percent of production is covered by environmental management systems that have been validated as conforming to ISO 14001. Evonik is committed to the global Responsible Care initiative, and we constantly strive to improve our performance in health, safety, the environment and product stewardship. At the start of 2006 we signed the chemical industry's Responsible Care Global Charter.