Muttenz, September 11, 2014 – Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, today was once again included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), one of the most renowned sustainability indices globally. The listing names Clariant within the European DJSI (DJSI Europe), once again, as well as in the global DJSI (DJSI World). In doing so, analysts at RobecoSAM have confirmed that when it comes to sustainability, Clariant is among the top 10 percent of leading companies worldwide in the chemical industry. Clariant has made further progress in various fields of sustainability in order to be listed in the DJSI, demonstrating outstanding and sustainable performance in economic, environmental and social dimensions.
“Clariant has successfully incorporated sustainability within its business strategy,” explains CEO Hariolf Kottmann. “We are proud that our efforts to create long-term added value for all of our stakeholders are recognized by this renowned industry benchmark. This confirmation will motivate us to further accelerate our sustainable growth strategy.”
Sustainability is a pillar of Clariant’s business strategy. In doing so, the company does not merely meet legal requirements but it has developed a comprehensive program to improve its sustainability performance on all levels in a continuous process focusing also on further sustainability integration within its business and product development activities. Besides its own strategic programs Clariant has committed to external sustainability initiatives such as the Responsible Care Global Charter, the Global Product Strategy, and the United Nations Global Compact.
“The renewed inclusion in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index is confirmation of our efforts. We have implemented numerous sustainability initiatives over the past few years at all levels of the company. Sustainability is gradually becoming rooted in our corporate culture globally”, says Joachim F. Krüger, Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs.
Regarded as one of the world’s foremost sustainability indices, the DJSI benchmarks the sustainability performance of leading companies based on environmental, social and economic performance, including forward-looking indicators. It assesses various criteria, including risk and supply chain management, operational eco-efficiency, product stewardship, human capital development and occupational health and safety.