Clariant in the public policy dialog
Political dialog is part of sustainable governance at Clariant
Nowadays, companies are playing an increasingly active role in society, including in the development of laws, rules and policy documents that can lead to sustainable growth and innovation. Businesses are often consulted and asked to participate in such activities and Clariant believes that it is important to be part of the policy dialog. Clariant aims to contribute and give input where it can, in line with the company strategy and business objectives, in order to shape policy-development for a sustainable development.
As a responsible corporate actor, Clariant aims to ensure open, honest and transparent dialogue and communication with politicians, authorities, business associations, as well as non-government organizations, in a number of relevant policy areas such as: chemical management, climate change, energy, bio-economy, circular economy, competitiveness, trade, and innovation.
Guidelines for lobbying and political communication
Clariant commits itself to ethical and sustainable operations and development in all business activities according to our own Code of Conduct. The company engages in an open, trustful and constructive manner. Clariant has adopted and strictly abides to several guidelines to fulfil such commitments.
In accordance with our Code of Conduct we are also committed to comply in every respect with all applicable anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws. Clariant’s Anti Bribery and Corruption Policy establishes detailed rules for employees’ interactions with public officials, political advisors, as well as on charitable contributions and political donations. According to our policies, donations to political parties are forbidden. Accordingly, Clariant did not render donations to parties, politicians, and related organizations in 2016.
Finally, Clariant also openly discloses information about our fields of interest and the scope of public affairs activities in the “Transparency Register of the European Union”.
Memberships in trade associations and other lobby forums
The engagement of Clariant representatives in trade associations and other platforms supports strategic alignment across the industry and provides an opportunity for exchange on industry perspectives and best practices, as well as bringing forward Clariant’s particular views and interests.
Clariant is a member of numerous trade associations both at international level (International Council of Chemical Associations – ICCA) and at national level (business federations such as Economie Suisse, national chemical industry associations such as ABIQUIM in Brazil, CPCIF in China, Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI) in Germany, the American Chemistry Council in the USA, etc.). Clariant is also active in the sectorial association both at regional level and local level.
In October 2016, Clariant CEO Hariolf Kottmann was appointed as President of Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, and of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA).
Clariant is also proud to support scientific and research organizations such as SUSCHEM, the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry, confirming our strong commitment to develop the next generation of sustainability chemistry solutions.
Clariant’s top five contributions to policy memberships in 2016
- European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic)
- Federation of Swiss business (Economie Suisse)
- German Association of the Chemical Industry (Verband der Chemischen Industrie e. V. - VCI)
- American Chemistry Council (ACC)
- Associations representing the bioeconomy industry (ePure, Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels, EuropaBio, Bio-Based-Industries Consortium, BioDeutschland)