Clariant achieves best-in-class rankings in 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index
Muttenz, September 8, 2016 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, was today listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2016, recognizing it as one of the most sustainable chemical companies for the fourth consecutive year. The world renowned sustainability index has ranked Clariant among the top three percent of companies in its sector in both the DJSI Europe and the DJSI World.
The analysts at RobecoSAM confirmed Clariant as best in class in the following categories: Innovation Management, Materiality, Environmental Reporting and Operational Eco-efficiency, where Clariant achieved 100 points and is the top ranked company in its industry.
Hariolf Kottmann, CEO Clariant comments: "Clariant's continued presence in the DJSI is a great achievement that recognizes our ongoing efforts regarding the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability. Sustainability is an integral part of our corporate strategy and strongly embedded in our processes and product development. It is fundamental to our business success and to creating added value for our immediate customers and across the value chains of the extensive industries we support."
Clariant commits itself to ethical and sustainable operation and development in all business activities according to the Responsible Care® Global Charter as well as its own Sustainability Policy. The company is driving sustainability in its product portfolio through the Portfolio Value Program and reviews the properties and potential impacts of its products, already at product development phases. The existing product portfolio is continuously reviewed and refined according to sustainability criteria. The company has set ambitious environmental targets for 2025 to continuously improve its operations and reduce environmental impacts. Clariant focus on the continuous development of its employees. Its occupational safety culture and preventive progams have led to an all-time low number of occupational accidents in 2015. The company also supports numerous activities around the globe, fostering mutual rewarding relationships with the communities the company is active in. By joining Together for Sustainability Clariant has efficiently improved its practices and processes for assessing and driving the sustainabiltiy performance of its suppliers.
"Clariant's position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index reflects the integrated approach we are taking across the entire company to anchor sustainability. It is an excellent recognition on the way we operate and the efforts we employ. This is credit to the diligent and ambitious work we have carried out in ensuring that people, planet and performance are considered across our business and integrated in our processes. Being included in DJSI shows that we are meeting expectations on sustainable value creation and that we are equipped for catering and delivering on the societal challenges of today and tomorrow", comments Joachim F. Krüger, Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs.
The DJSI is regarded as one of the world's most foremost sustainability indices. It benchmarks the sustainability performance of leading companies based on environmental, social and economic performance, including forward-looking indicators based on a best-in-class approach. The DJSI assesses various criteria, including risk and supply chain management, operational eco-efficiency, product stewardship, human capital development and occupational health and safety.