We are only successful if our customers are successful. That is why we focus on our determination to be in a position to offer innovative, customized, high-quality solutions and products. As a global leader in the field of specialty chemicals, Clariant is committed to sustainable corporate growth and management through the use and development of cutting-edge technology. In this respect, we do not limit ourselves to compliance with legal requirements. We have initiated a comprehensive program to continuously integrate sustainability into our processes and products over the whole group.
Adding Value With Sustainability
Clariant aims to stand out through above-average value creation for all its stakeholders. To achieve this objective, we must create long lasting value. Only through innovation strength and integration of sustainability into our business strategy Clariant can achieve this.
Global challenges and megatrends such as climate change, demographic shifts, and dwindling resources are increasing market drivers. Opportunities can be taken in creating added value through positioning in the sustainability market, differentiation from competitors and building up a strong brand image and reputation.
Innovation and customer focus are the keys to our business. Therefore Clariant is constantly developing new and improved products and services to add value to our customers and to reduce our impact on the environment. Clariant makes sure that the safety is always ensured for employees, customers, the public, and the environment, during the entire life cycle of the product. At the same time Clariant enables its customers to meet their sustainability targets with their operations and products.
Clariant has launched its comprehensive Portfolio Value Program to address product development that is in line with the need of current and future generations. Core of the program is the Sustainable Portfolio System, including a solid criteria catalogue and screening tools for the existing product portfolio and innovation projects early in the stage gate process.
Sustainability is an integrated part of Clariant’s innovation chain. In order to make development projects comparable and to be able to judge how beneficial they are likely to be, Clariant has introduced a Sustainability Index for Research & Development projects which is also integrated into the Sustainable Portfolio System.
This index is mandatory for all major research and development projects and allows Clariant to determine the relative sustainability of new products in the R&D pipeline. The objective is to ensure that Clariant pursues the »most sustainable« ideas and strategies and that all products which are developed now will remain viable and competitive in the future, too. With this in-house developed approach Clariant engrains sustainability already in the design of new products.
Creating Sustainable Value at Clariant
How will we live in 2030 and how will we shape our lifestyle according to sustainable principles when the world's population continues to grow as projected, the global standard of living improves, and resources diminish? Which products will meet these needs?
When translating this macro picture of the changing sustainability landscape into the reality of the specialty chemicals industry, the components of the challenge ahead are threefold: to deliver innovative and competitive solutions to meet very specific industry needs and applications (Performance), while committing to environmentally sustainable and market-leading products and services (Planet) and meeting the societal needs and demands of present and future (People). These questions inspired Clariant to launch the Sustainability@Clariant Portfolio Value Program at the end of 2012.It is Clariant’s vision to become the globally leading company for specialty chemicals and to stand out for above-average value creation for all of our stakeholders. Sustainability therefore is one of the strategic pillars in the company’s strategy.
The Sustainability@Clariant Portfolio Value Program integrates these defining elements and represents an important milestone on the way to realizing Clariant’s vision. The program’s holistic approach provides a significant driver for sustainability progress not only within the company, but also across the value chain and ultimately the chemicals sector.
Based on thorough analysis of sustainability trends and needs, as well as on the input and views of external stakeholders the PVP system was developed with its core elements, a criteria catalogue and screening process. This process will ensure our sustainability performance, bring forward verifiable claims and drive continuous improvement of our product portfolio. The system allows us to continuously identify and strengthen opportunities for value chain collaboration, engage in dialog with customers and stakeholders and further add value with sustainability.The PVP screening process is the basis to identify possible EcoTain® products and solutions, assessing them against market standards and for their overall sustainability contribution and impact. Company experts carry out the PVP screening process by reviewing each product and solution across its entire life cycle. Offerings that meet our sustainability excellence standards are put forward and confirmed by a corporate review panel.
Using criteria that cover a comprehensive set of sustainability topics, the impact and benefits of our products and solutions are measured across the Triple Bottom Line perspective that reflects the three brand values: People, Planet and Performance. more...