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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.

Download the Arkema social commitment charter

Our strategic position as a central player in the industry, dedicated to serving our customers, creates an obligation for us to set an example of excellence in environmental awareness, safety and sustainability in chemical production.

Materiality assessment

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.

Access the materiality assessment

Strong commitments, with indicators and objectives

An ambitious climate plan

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.

-38%

absolute greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 compared to 2015
Arkema is also committed to other aspects of its environmental footprint

Volontarist social commitments

Arkema is also committed to other aspects of its environmental footprint:

 

Target year

Target

2020

2019

2018

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

 

 

 

 

 

Percentage of ImpACT+ sales (1)

2030

65%

50%

46%

43%

Percentage of sales frome products made from renewable raw materials

 

 

10%

9%

9%

RESPONSIBLE MANUFACTURER

 

 

 

 

 

Percentage of AIMS audited sites

2025 100% 82% 80% 74%

Safety

 

 

 

 

 

Total recordable injury rate (TRIR)(2)

2025

< 1.0

1.0

1.4

1.3

Process safety event rate (PSER)(3)

2025

< 3.0

4.0

3.7

4.4

Environmental footprint

         

Greenhouse gas emissions (4) (absolute value compared to 2015)

2030 0.62 0.77 0.87 0.90

Volatile organic compound emissions (EFPI compared with 2012)

2030 0.35 0.58 0.60 0.62

Chemical oxygen demand (EFPI compared with 2012)

2030 0.40 0.45 0.50 0.59

Net energy purchases (EFPI compared with 2012)

2030 0.80 0.90 0.91 0.88

OPEN DIALOGUE

 

 

 

 

 

Employee development and diversity

 

 

 

 

 

Percentage of women in senior management and executive positions

2030

30%

23%

23%

21%

Percentage of non-French nationals in senior management and executive positions

2030

50%

41%

40%

39%

Durable purchases

 

 

 

 

 

Percentage of the amount of purchases from relevant suppliers covered by a TfS assessment

2025

80%

68%

68%

N/C

(1) The percentage of sales contributing significantly to the United Nations SDGs (ImpACT+) was calculated on the basis of an assessment of 72% of the Group’s third-party sales in 2020 and 44% in 2018 and 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) Greenhouse gas emissions cover direct scope 1 emissions and those of substances that deplete the ozone layer and indirect scope 2 emissions.

Arkema's ambition concerning CSR is based on strong commitments consistent with its environment's evolution. It is through the respect of those commitments that Arkema ensure a sustainable and responsible growth of its activities."

Responsible Care®

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.

The Responsible Care® program

Responsible Care® Global Charter signatory

Global compact

 

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.

Download the 2019 Arkema Communication on Progress (COP)

International Labour Organization Conventions Compliance

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.