Planet: We respect the planet’s natural resources and protect the environment for future generations
Precious world resources are under increasing pressure from population growth. Climate change is adding further complexity as the world needs to cut emissions to secure a net zero future. Becoming more energy efficient in our operations by producing more from less energy and switching to renewable options are both key to cutting carbon and costs in the long term. Equally important, we also have the opportunity to provide solutions that allow others to reduce their carbon footprint through our products.
In alignment with SDG 13: Climate Action which asks for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, we are starting by measuring greenhouse gas emissions from our operations. We are creating an emissions inventory across our entire value chain to identify risks and opportunities to mitigate our contributions (target 13.3). We’re also strengthening our climate resilience to protect against changing climate patterns and acute weather events like floods and wildfires. We’re reducing our reliance on fossil fuels by exploring opportunities to self-generate energy from renewable sources and to procure cleaner energy.
The impact of climate change isn't a problem for the future – it's already affecting us. We know we have an essential role to play to mitigate the effects of our operations on the climate as part of a critical global movement to transition to a low-carbon economy.
Looking after water
Water is essential to so many of our operations across our five businesses. It’s a resource that we share with the communities we operate in, so we are responsible for using water efficiently and fairly. What’s more, climate change affects water scarcity at some of our sites.
Waste is a significant issue for all manufacturing businesses. Part of the solution to reducing waste is increasing efficiencies of the raw materials and making them go as far as possible. In addition, our people are constantly finding new ways to increase the amount of waste we reuse or recycle.
Responsible sourcing of raw materials
Risk assessments across our raw material inputs have allowed us to prioritise the next level of investigation to ensure responsible sourcing of our raw materials. This includes respecting human rights and labour rights, workers’ health and safety as well as improving traceability to understand potential environmental risks within our global supply chain.