Sustainability at Evonik

materiality analysis 2022

Our sustainability management is aligned to the criterion of materiality.

2022 we performed a completely new materiality analysis. Based on the concept of double materiality, 15 material sustainability topics were identified for Evonik.

The top three materiality topics identified for Evonik are:

  • „Green energy“,
  • "Portfolio Transformation"
  • „Circular Economy“

New topics compared with our materiality analysis 2018 are green energy, cybersecurity, and employee satisfaction. The results of our materiality analysis are grouped in six areas of action:

  • Portfoliotransformation
  • Responsible Corporate Governance/Human Rights
  • Cyber Security
  • Responsibility in the supply chain
  • Circular Economy
  • Product Stewardship
  • Green energy
  • Fight climate change
  • Biodiversity
  • Water Management
  • Attractiveness as an employer
  • Employee satisfaction
  • Diversity and equal opportunities
  • Plant and occupational safety
  • Health protection and promotion

For the sustainability topics published in our materiality analysis, an anonymous complaints mechanism is in place for both employees and external stakeholders. An important tool for this is our whistleblower hotline.

As part of the new materiality analysis, we also revised our stakeholder management concept.

The issues identified as material were the focus of our ongoing project work in 2022. Examples include the conclusion of a long-term wind power supply contract, our investment in the world's first industrial-scale plant for the production of bio-based rhamnolipids, and the expansion of our additives portfolio for mechanical and chemical recycling.