Business ethics, voluntary commitments and memberships

We are convinced that only managing our business according to high standards of ethics and integrity will create long-term value and enable economic success. Therefore, we are committed to high standards of integrity, ethical conduct, transparency, safety and corporate responsibility.

We are operating in a framework defined by our Code of Conduct, which is binding for all employees. This is complemented by the Global Social Policy. Both – like our Values for the Environment, Safety, Health and Quality – stand for ethical-based business behaviour.

We promote the acceptance and implementation of these policies by all employees through Group-wide trainings.

By joining the Global Compact, we have committed ourselves to implement the Ten Principles of the Global Compact. They relate to human and labor rights, as well as preventive environmental protection and measures against corruption.

In addition, Evonik is committed to comply with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Core Labor Standards.

Evonik does not tolerate any conduct that violates these policies and obligations and also expects its suppliers to comply with these principles.

Voluntary commitments

A detailed list of Evonik's voluntary commitments can be found here.

Evonik´s policies on Climate and Water are available here.


This a joint inititative of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), the German Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union (IG BCE), and the German Chemical Industry Employers’s Federation (BAVC) to drive forward sustainable development.

The Guidelines are an important international tool for promoting good governance. They complement other important instruments, such as the International Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Global Compact and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Responsible Care is a worldwide intiative of the chemical industry to bring about a continuous improvement in environmental protection, safety and health.

We are integrating the 10 principles of the Global Compact in our businesses. The principles comprise human rights, labor rights, precautionary environmental protection and fighting corruption.