Raw materials make a significant contribution to the life-cycle performance of Clariant’s products and are therefore key for the company’s sustainability efforts.
- BU ICS: Plantasens® olive squalene, a 100% olive based emollient that can be used in a wide range of cosmetic applications
- BU Pigments: Quinacridone pigments, high performance pigments that are based on bio-succinic acid solutions
- BU Additives: Ceridust 8330, a natural polymer wax for printing inks
- BU OMS: Flotigam 5806, a phosphate flotation agent used for purification of phosphorus rock in fertilizer production
- GTI: sunliquid® a technology that uses modern biotechnology to convert straw and other lignocellulose material into a valuable, sustainable and climate-friendly product: high-quality ethanol for fuel and as a chemical building block.
Ensuring the sustainability of bio-based raw materials
Clariant intends to steadily increase the use of renewable raw materials in its products. However, the increased use of certain renewable raw materials for biochemical or biofuel production opens up discussions on deforestation, loss of biodiversity and competition with food usage. Therefore, Clariant has set out the following interconnected principles for the sustainable sourcing of renewable raw materials:
- Clariant supports the responsible and sustainable sourcing of renewable raw materials in order to avoid deforestation, loss of biodiversity and shortage in food supply. Clariant is for example a member of RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) and has set out targets for RSPO certification of all relevant production sites.
- Clariant increases the use of renewable raw materials in its processes and products where this is possible and reasonable, taking into account product performance and environmental, social and economic considerations across the full product life-cycle.
- Clariant focuses on the development and production of innovative and bio-based chemicals and biofuel, for example with the biotechnological process sunliquid®
Targets for sustainability certification of palm based raw materials
Clariant uses oleo-chemicals derived from palm and palm kernel oil in its surfactants, emulsifiers and preservatives. To guarantee the sustainable sourcing of these raw materials, Clariant has started to certify the key production sites that are processing palm oil derived raw materials under the sustainability certification scheme of RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil).
By 2016 Clariant has set the target to have all relevant sites certified, following the RSPO Mass Balance supply chain rules. The first site that was certified is Gendorf/ Germany in July 2014. For the Mass Balance certification, sustainable palm oil from certified sources is monitored administratively in the chain, but is mixed with ordinary palm oil. A company is compliant as long as the input-output quantities are balanced.
By 2020, Clariant intends to achieve a RSPO Segregation supply chain certification for all its concerned production sites, which means that sustainable palm oil from different certified sources is kept separate from ordinary palm oil throughout the chain.
In addition, Clariant encourages its suppliers that use palm based oils or their derivatives to sign up and endorse the principles developed by the RSPO. RSPO membership is a supplier selection criteria for palm based materials.
Material and services supply
Sustainable supply chains are not only about the materials Clariant buys, but also about the suppliers with which the company works and how it collaborates with and manages suppliers of materials and services.