A CSR strategy driven by the ambition to be among the best
In a world facing considerable ongoing economic, environmental and social challenges, Arkema strives to bring its customers sustainable and innovative solutions contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. To that end, Arkema operates as a responsible manufacturer and resolutely observes a policy of continuous progress and operational excellence. The Group cultivates interaction and close relations with its stakeholders through open and constructive dialogue. Supporting the United Nations Global Compact and complying with the Responsible Care® initiative, Arkema’s social responsibility target is to create value both for stakeholders and the company.
A range of sustainable solutions driven by innovation
Sustainable development solutions are central to Arkema’s innovation policy and the upgrade of its product range.
Through continuous skills development, decisions on research focuses, its organization structure and innovation processes, Arkema is working, with its partners, to develop solutions that meet current and future social challenges. It is in this spirit that Arkema contributes to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Group is committed to ongoing dialogue and operational excellence, designed primarily to satisfy its customers and partners and to develop their loyalty.
The responsible management of industrial activities
Arkema’s goal is to rank among the leading chemical and material producers in safety performance. Its workplace health and safety policy is based on risk prevention, management guidelines and a culture of safety.
The Group also takes care that neither people's health or safety nor the environment are impacted by its products. The Group considers these aspects in the product design phase.
Arkema is committed to the climate and a reduction in the environmental footprint of its business activities. The Group is working to reduce the consumption of resources such as energy and water, decrease the emissions stemming from its activity, develop the use of renewable resources, and foster the circular economy.
The Group places great importance on conducting its business in respect of principles and rules on ethics, integrity and compliance. Arkema thereby complies with prevailing laws and regulations and the best business practices. In its choice of industrial and business partners, Arkema favors those that respect its social commitments.
Open dialogue and close relations with stakeholders
Open dialogue with its internal and external stakeholders is a cornerstone of Arkema’s social policy.
The Group adheres to Human Rights and fundamental freedoms and places them at the heart of its business activities.
It favors the individual and collective development of its employees. Arkema’s global human resource policy places a key focus on the development of skills and the promotion of diversity.
Arkema strives for open dialogue with its customers, suppliers and partners with a view to building a responsible value chain that creates shared value.
The Common Ground® initiative addressing the neighboring communities of our sites serves to develop lasting relationships based on trust and openness.
To establish that its CSR and sustainability processes are on track, Arkema surveyed its stakeholders regularly through a materiality assessment. The last one, carried out in 2019, updated the priority CSR issues while taking into account the expectations of its internal and external stakeholders.
Strong commitments, with indicators and objectives
An ambitious climate plan
Between 2012 and 2019, Arkema reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 37%, from 6.5 to 4.09 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent.
Arkema is taking action with an ambitious climate plan that is aligned with the Paris Agreement. In February 2020, the Group set a new strategic environmental objective: to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 38% in 2030 compared to 2015, i.e. a reduction of its absolute emissions by more than 1.7 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent in 15 years.
Arkema is also committed to other aspects of its environmental footprint:
|Environmental footprint (EFPI(1) compared with 2012)
|Volatile organic compound emissions||0.35||0.60||0.62||0.66|
|Chemical oxygen demand||0.40||0.50||0.59||0.78|
|Net energy purchases||0.80||0.91||0.88||0.89|
(1) To track our environmental performance accurately, we have set targets based on Environmental Footprint Performance Indicators (EFPIs) that consider changes in Arkema's reporting base and the production of our plants.
Volontarist social commitments
|Percentage of sales that contribute signifi cantly to Sustainable Development Goals(1)||46%||43%||nd|
|Number of patent applications field during the year relating to sustainable develpment||149||154||150|
|Percentage of sales frome products made from renewable raw materials||9 %||9%||9%|
|Total recordable injury rate (TRIR)(2)||< 1.2||1.4||1.3||1.6|
|Process safety event rate (PSER)(3)||<3||3.7||4.4||3.9(4)|
Percentage of sites having implemented peer observation
in the last three years
|Percentage of AIMS audited sites||100%||80%||74%||69%|
|Employee development and diversity
|Percentage of women in senior management and executive positions||23 to 25%||23%||21%||19%|
Percentage of non-French nationals in senior management and executive positions
|42 to 45%||40%||39%||37%|
Average number of training hours per employee
|Percentage of plants taking part in the Common Ground® program||78%||84%||78%|
(1) The percentage of sales contributing signifi cantly to the United Nations SDGs was calculated on the basis of an assessment of 44% of the Group’s third-party sales in 2019.
(2) The TRIR includes injuries to both Group and subcontractor employees.
(3) The PSER is calculated in accordance with the criteria set out by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) and the European
Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC).
(4) The method for calculating PSER was reviewed in 2018.
Two benchmark keystones of the CSR strategy
Engaged since its creation in the Responsible Care® program, the Arkema group showed its vision of a responsible corporation by the signature of the Responsible Care® Global Charter in 2006 and has renewed it in December 2014.
The initiative launched under the auspices of the ICCA is supported by chemicals industries committed in safety improvement, health and environment protection. They ensure it by a product stewardship.
Arkema has endorsed the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact, which concern such issues as respect for human rights, international labor standards, environmental protection and the fight against corruption.
CSR governance within the Arkema group
A Sustainable Development Division reports directly to the Group Industry Vice President, member of the Executive Committee (‘ExCo’).
A CSR steering committee, chaired by the Industry Vice President and which includes the Human Resources and Communication Vice President as well as various functional directors, proposes CSR action plans and oversees globally actions conducted as part of CSR policy.
The Arkema group CSR ambition and 2025 safety and environment performance objectives were defined by the ExCo on a basis of CSR steering committee works.
Audit and Accounts Committee ensure the conformity of the Arkema group’s CSR approach to extra-financial regulatory requirements.
All indicators featured in the Arkema’s reference document are subject to moderate assurance provided by and independent third party body.