We set high performance targets for ourselves and are proud of the recognition we have earned.
We have developed our own internal standards that provide guidance and explain how to uphold our values and ethical standards. Such standards include our corporate values, ethics and compliance, supplier code of conduct, safety guidelines and manufacturing processes.
Additionally, our employees actively participate and often serve in leadership roles within industry trade groups. These organizations collaborate to ensure that material-specific toxicology assessments and epidemiological research are properly conducted and reported consistently using best practices for scientific research. We believe that working in partnership with others and committing to voluntary initiatives is critical to demonstrating collaboration and leadership. For example, we are engaged in positive discussions concerning the role of regulation, as well as industry, in achieving global reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) over time and mitigating the negative impacts of climate change.
United Nations Global Compact
Since 2015, we have been a proud signatory of the UNGC and remain committed to making progress with respect to the 10 principles within the categories of environment, labor, human rights and anti-corruption.
We are committed to conducting our business with integrity and believe that it is our responsibility to respect human rights with regard to our employees, suppliers, customers and communities. We firmly believe that every individual deserves to be treated with dignity, honesty, integrity, respect and fairness. In seeking to respect and uphold human rights, we are guided by international standards embodied in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. This commitment is explicitly covered in our Code of Business Ethics in addition to our formal Human Rights Policy. We also require that our suppliers comply with our Code of Business Ethics, which in some cases demands higher standards than required by local law. Pursuant to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, we have posted on our website a statement that suppliers are expected to comply with all applicable laws and standards related to labor practices and human rights.
We strive to ensure our organization reflects the diversity of our global presence and are committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees at all levels. As one of our core values, we respect the differences of all our employees and have zero tolerance for discrimination on the basis of ethnic or racial status, color, nationality, descent, religion, caste, gender, age, physical characteristics or appearance, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation. We are fully compliant with all requirements stemming from labor legislation and collective agreements in the countries in which we operate. In addition, safety is paramount to our operations, and we work diligently to ensure the safety of our employees, contractors, visitors and communities where we operate. We maintain our sharp focus on safety by ensuring all employees, contractors and visitors are well trained and equipped with everything they need to return home each day the same as they arrived at our facilities. We also recognize the benefit of promoting wellness across our workforce and offer numerous opportunities to promote employees’ wellness inside and outside of work while creating a healthier, more engaged culture.
With recognition of the numerous environmental issues facing our planet, we are dedicated to understanding and managing our environmental impacts on the world. We fully accept our responsibility to reduce our environmental footprint to the greatest extent possible across our global operations. To this end, we have developed initiatives to minimize the environmental impact of our business, conserve resources and promote environmental awareness. This commitment is underscored by the fact that the majority of the topics identified as most material to our sustainability program are environmentally related. Globally, our efforts are focused on reducing energy usage, emissions and waste. We have developed environmental goals in these areas and continuously monitor our progress toward these 2025 targets in addition to other environmental metrics. We also recognize that water is an important natural resource that we must monitor our use of, and we are working across our network of facilities to develop a strategic water management plan to help identify water reduction, recycling and efficiency opportunities.
Conducting business in accordance with the highest ethical standards and in full compliance with all applicable anti-bribery laws and regulations is critical to our business success. This requires the support of all employees as well as our suppliers and customers, and we expect that they will comply with these laws and regulations at all times. Our position is that all forms of corruption, including bribery and extortion, are unethical and unacceptable and are inconsistent with our values and our Code of Business Ethics. In support of this position, we have developed detailed policies, compliance procedures and training.
Responsible CareSince joining the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in 2010, we have embraced the chemical industry’s voluntary Responsible Care initiative. Through the Responsible Care initiative and the Responsible Care Global Charter, we have made a commitment to improve our health, safety, environmental and security performance throughout the organization. As an active leader in Responsible Care, we are helping to drive continuous improvement in the safety and sustainability of our products and operations around the globe. Over 60% of our employees work at facilities operating under a certified ISO 14001 or Responsible Care 14001 Management System.
The Responsible Care principles are closely aligned with our sustainability strategy, and we are an active supporter of these principles around the world. Our participation signifies our deep belief in the value of external engagement and third-party certification of our safety, health, environmental and security management systems. Through Responsible Care, we continuously demonstrate our commitment to:
- Improving the safety, health and environmental performance of our processes and products
- Monitoring the security of our sites and working with our neighbors to prepare for and respond to emergencies
- Using resources wisely and minimizing waste
- Promoting responsible management of chemicals
- Communicating openly with stakeholders
Within this program, we have chosen to implement RC14001, which incorporates the requirements of both the Responsible Care code and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001: Environmental management systems, for our manufacturing facilities and corporate offices in the United States and our carbon black facility in Canada. Each year following certification, several of our manufacturing sites have received ACC awards in the Achievement, Honor and Excellence categories, demonstrating facility-level safety leadership.
We are committed to acting in accordance with the principles of Responsible Care on a global scale and have applied them across our network. Specifically, we continue to be a leader and promoter of Responsible Care in China.
As a member of the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers (AICM) that promotes Responsible Care in China, we are actively engaged in leadership positions in the AICM’s environment, safety, emergency planning, production and process safety subcommittees.
In March 2018, we celebrated the certification of our Tianjin facility, becoming the first chemical company in China to be certified by auditors from the international registrar, BSI, in accordance with the stringent international standards of the Responsible Care Management System® program. Later in the year, our carbon black facility in Xingtai, China, was officially certified to the RC14001 standard. This was yet another important milestone toward our goal to complete certification of all our facilities in China.
Gold Level Recognition
We received Gold Level Recognition by EcoVadis, an independent assessment organization that specializes in monitoring the performance of sustainability programs.
We were ranked in the top 5% of suppliers assessed by EcoVadis in all categories, and in the top 1% within the chemical industry. This prestigious recognition showcases our long-term commitment to sustainability.
Highest Rating from ISS
We received a top score of 1 in Environmental Performance from the Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS).
Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) assesses an Environmental QualityScore based on a company’s management of environmental risks and opportunities, carbon emission, climate, use of natural resources, and management of waste and toxicity.
Our CEO signed the Global Responsible Care® Charter, which represents our global commitment to the principles of Responsible Care® excellence.Download the Charter