Harnessing the power
of a shared global purpose
Strength lies in numbers
With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the nations of the world aspire to change the world. Adopted by the members of the UN in 2015, they lay out in the 2030 Agenda what the global community wants to achieve by the end of this decade – in terms of people, planet and prosperity. Clariant is dedicated to contributing to these goals and making them our common reality.
The SDGs offer a global framework for our most pressing societal and environmental needs, expressing them in a common language and clear set of actions for all stakeholders. At the same time, the SDGs also translate into a business opportunity as they offer powerful avenues to unleash innovation and growth. Clariant is committed to working toward this transformative agenda with its innovative and sustainable products and services, sound environmental management, and commitment to upholding human rights across its operations and supply chains.
While we contribute to all SDGs to different degrees, we have identified six where we can make a particularly positive impact. These are our focus SDGs and they are tightly interlinked with the six focus areas of our sustainability strategy.
Together with SDG 17, which calls for using strong partnerships to achieve all other goals, they form the core of our global efforts. Four of the relevant goals are paired, as their relevance to Clariant cannot be evaluated independently of one another.
Good health and well-being, Responsible consumption and production
Nothing is as precious as good health. At Clariant, we are deeply committed to creating a safe workplace. We also take responsibility for the safety and sustainability of the chemicals we produce and the resources we consume. Strong product stewardship and innovation capabilities enable Clariant to continuously develop solutions that support the sound management of chemicals, reduce resource consumption, waste and pollution, and offer safer chemistry alternatives.
Affordable and clean energy and Climate action
Affordable and clean energy is intrinsically linked to climate action. For this very reason, Clariant steers its energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions through ambitious absolute reduction targets. We also support the SDGs through our products and solutions, among them those that support renewable energy production, such as our sunliquid® technology, or energy and emission reductions for our customers.
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Committing to sustainable industrialization and innovation, businesses can contribute to development efforts in the regions in which they operate. We are dedicated to contributing to SDG 9 and have set ambitious climate and environmental targets. To achieve this, we are modernizing our operations via digitalization, upgrading equipment to achieve higher yields and energy efficiencies and investing heavily in innovation and process technology development. Beyond our own operations we design products that enable greater adoption of environmentally sound technologies and processes.
Partnerships for the goals
The world is a complex place, and many issues can’t be solved alone. But we believe in the power of partnerships in all areas of business and for sustainability. Collaboration along the value chain transforms separate players into a strong team and creates solutions with more impact than what might be achieved with isolated efforts.