Sustainability Targets

Sustainability AT EVONIK


Below you find an overview of our sustainability targets 2018 and the target achievement.


Corporate Responsibility Relations

  • Validate the materiality analysis

    We extensively updated the materiality analysis and subsequently prioritized the topics.

  • Identify the SDGs of relevance for Evonik and their contribution to the business

    We have developed and implemented an in-house method to identify the SDGs of relevance for Evonik.

  • Proportion of female executive board members: 25 percent up to June 30, 2022

    25 percent female executive board members since July 1, 2017.

  • Women at the first and second management levels below the executive board: 20 percent at each level

    First management level 27.3 percent; second management level 20.0 percent.

  • Implement the defined antitrust and anti-money laundering measures

    The antitrust and anti-money laundering risk analysis has been completed. The measures defined in consultation with the responsible managers to minimize risks were implemented as planned.

  • Review and revise group-wide regulations on gifts and hospitality

    A concept to develop internal regulations on gifts and hospitality was drawn up in consultation with the regional compliance officers. In particular, a revised framework for the regulations was defined at Group level and in the regions.

  • Measure and increase employee satisfaction

    A global employee survey was conducted. Measures to increase employee satisfaction will be defined in 2019.

  • Drive forward global digitalization

    This was implemented through New Work Labs and #HumanWork and will continue in the future.

  • Encourage greater diversity in the Evonik Group by increasing the number of female managers

    The proportion of female employees in management functions increased from 16.6 percent in 2011 to 23.8 percent in 2018.

  • Occupational Health Performance Index ≥ 5.0

    Status in 2018: 5.5.

  • Include further sites in the calculation of the Occupational Health Performance Index (15 in three years, 2017 - 2019)

    23 further sites were included in the calculation of the index in 2018.

  • Extend monetary valuation of the impact of our business along the value chain (impact valuation) to further regions and indicators

    We extended our impact valuation to include further indicators and further regions in the value chain.

  • Conduct at least 20 supplier sustainability audits under the shared audit principle of the Together for Sustainability initiative

    22 audits were conducted.

  • Continue the analysis of suppliers by reviewing at least 80 TfS assessments

    As of year-end 2018: A total of 130 supplier assessments had been performed.

  • Evaluate the sustainability performance of 90 percent of suppliers of critical raw materials by 2020

    As of year-end 2018: 83 percent.

  • Implement the new training concept and conduct internal sustainability training for all relevant procurement employees

    We trained all relevant procurement staff using this concept in 2018.

  • More than €1 billion additional sales in the identified innovation growth fields by 2025

    We are making good progress, but do not want to report on interim results.

  • Increase sales of products and applications developed in the past five years to 16 percent in the mid term

    Increased to 12 percent in 2018.

  • Establish a risk estimate for > 99 percent of substances placed on the market in quantities of > 1 metric ton p.a. (by the end of 2020)

    Status: > 80 percent.

  • Make GPS safety summaries for these substances available via the Evonik website and the ICCA’s GPS portal (by 2020)

    Around 170 summaries were available in 2018.

  • Conduct a more far-reaching assessment of all products containing > 0.1 percent hazardous chemicals of high concern (hChC)1 (by 2020)

    We conducted the first assessments in 2018 to identify ways of optimizing completion of the assessment form.

  • Complete the ongoing development of the sustainability analysis of our businesses

    New method completed, validated externally, and published.

  • Perform the next sustainability analysis using the extended methodology in 2019

    All preparatory work completed.

  • Reduce specific greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent by 2020 (reference base: 2012)

    Status in 2018: reduced by 17 percent.

  • Reduce specific water intake by 10 percent by 2020 (reference base: 2012)

    Status in 2018: reduced by 6 percent.

  • Further reduce production waste, including hazardous production waste

    Total production waste in 2018: 395 thousand metric tons (2017: 397 thousand metric tons).

  • Accident frequency rate should be ≤ 1.30

    In 2018, it was 0.87.

  • Incident frequency rate should be ≤ 1.10

    In 2018, it was 1.08.

  • Create greater transparency and harmonize group-wide ESHQ processes. Take the first steps towards introducing a new technical platform

    This target was achieved by revising the regulations implementing the Seveso directive and anchoring them in the ESHQ management system. The ESTER project to introduce a new ESHQ platform was launched.

  • Establish a requirements profile for warehouse services

    Establishment of the requirements profile is nearing completion.

  • Establish minimum global standards for logistics service providers

    Establishment of minimum global standards is nearing completion.

  • Evaluate European rail logistics providers using SQAS Rail1

    The evaluation has been introduced successfully.


1) hChC = hazardous chemicals of high concern.

2) SQAS Rail = a Cefic safety and quality evaluation system for rail transportation.