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Sustainability Roadmap

At Solenis, we follow a clearly defined path to achieve our sustainability goals.

Building on our sustainability successes requires that we know where we’ve been — and where to go from here.

Our ambition for the future is to create more value for all our stakeholders while consuming less, thereby minimizing our impact on the environment and society.

Supporting our customers in their sustainability journeys will always be central to our business. Going forward we will intensify our look inwards, with a focus on consumption reduction and on product development with sustainability at its core.

We now have a prioritized set of actions to help us achieve that ambition. We will work towards meeting our current targets and will update routinely in line with business developments and expectations from our stakeholders. We will continue to monitor sustainability trends, risks and opportunities facing our business, as well as changes in legislation, ensuring we will be prepared to adapt to the ever-evolving sustainability landscape and business environment.

As we work towards our targets, we’ll keep looking for more ways to run our business in a sustainable way, enhancing growth while decreasing our environmental impact.  Our global team of experts are ready to help us get there, and we look forward to the next chapter.

Materiality Assessment

In 2020, we carried out an in-depth materiality assessment; and in 2021, we updated this assessment through the use of Datamaran* software to identify and prioritize the key material topics that have the potential to impact the long-term viability of the company and are of importance to our internal and external stakeholders. These material topics help us organize our priorities, actions and commitments.

Our 2021 materiality assessment update reconfirmed our material topics which organizes our actions and commitments across our four focus areas or pillars:

  • Well-being Health & Safety of Our People
  • Protecting Our Planet
  • Partnerships in Our Value Chain
  • Responsible Business Practices

With the addition of the Sigura Water business in November 2021, we intend to complete a full materiality assessment in 2022 to understand all relevant material topics for our new, broader organization.

For more information on our strategic approach and materiality assessments, please visit pages 14-17 in our 2021 Sustainability Report.

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Our Strategic Framework visually depicts how our three business lenses, our four sustainability pillars, the SDGs and our material topics are interrelated. This framework helps all stakeholders to quickly understand how we approach these key areas. Meeting customer expectations is the only material topic not included in this framework because it is an overarching focus for Solenis.

Through the actions and commitments in each of these pillars, Solenis aims to create value for our stakeholders, while responding to sustainability and societal challenges, including contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Solenis has prioritized six SDGs where we believe we can have the biggest impact through our customers, products, processes and partnerships.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Through the action and commitment to the four sustainability pillars defined, Solenis aims to create value for our stakeholders, while responding to sustainability and societal challenges, including contributing to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In fiscal year 2021, Solenis has revised and prioritized the SDGs where we believe we can have the biggest impact through our customers, employees, products, processes, and partnerships:

SDG 5 - Gender Equality

A diverse workforce is critical to delivering on our strategy. In its commitment to gender equality, Solenis tracks annual progress in global gender diversity in leadership and the overall workforce. In addition, we perform regular pay equity reviews to close any gender pay gaps.

SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation

Solenis has a long history of providing process water treatment solutions to customers in consumer markets. We also focus on reducing industrial water consumption and restoring clean water prior to discharge.

SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

The COVID-19 pandemic reinforced Solenis’ long-standing position to protect our people. Our legacy of continuous improvement in the health and safety, of our people will remain a key focus. Our long-term commitment to operate with zero harm is steadfast. We offer fair and competitive wages in compliance with all laws and regulations and respect labor rights. We draw from the local workforce throughout our global footprint and provide training and development for our workers.

SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production

The growing customer demand for sustainable products and the scarcity of critical resources provide us with the opportunity to develop innovative and sustainable solutions that enable our customers to conserve natural resources and minimize waste in their operations.

SDG 13 – Climate Action

Through the Paris Agreement, nearly 200 countries are committed to support climate action to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change impacts, particularly in developing countries. We aim to reduce our operational energy consumption by improving our processes and products, while also supporting our customers to improve their energy consumption, the resilience of forests and freshwater ecosystems.

SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals

The challenges we face in our value chain can only be addressed when stakeholders work together. Our social focus is on responsibly managing relationships with employees, customers, suppliers and others. An important element of this is partnering with employees to help address the needs of the communities where we operate, as well as other geographical areas where we can make a difference. The close partnership, particularly with our customers, will make the biggest contribution to succeed in SDGs 6, 12 and 13.

Team & Charter

We have robust sustainability governance structures in place to ensure that material topics are managed at the highest level and that we continue to evolve our approach to sustainability.