At Evonik we believe that responsible action and business success are inseparable. We began early on to entrench environmental and social criteria in our corporate decisions so that we could strike out in new and sustainable directions.

We put corporate responsibility into practice by:

  • responding to internal and external stakeholders’ expectations of how we should contribute to the sustainable development of society
  • developing answers to tomorrow’s challenges and to megatrends of relevance for sustainability
  • and in this way support the attainment of our corporate objectives

Voluntary commitments and key principles

At the heart of our responsible conduct are the ten principles set out in the United Nations Global Compact, which Evonik joined in summer 2009. We are committed to doing everything we can within our area of influence to promote workers’ and human rights, prevent discrimination, protect people and the environment and combat corruption. Moreover, wherever possible within our corporate framework, Evonik will not tolerate conduct that infringes the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. These are recommendations issued by the governments of the OECD member states and other countries to multinational companies on responsible corporate conduct.

Evonik is a signatory to the chemical industry’s Responsible Care Global Charter. This involves an undertaking to steadily improve our performance in the fields of health protection, safety, environmental protection and product stewardship.

Evonik is committed to the global Responsible Care initiative and signed the Global Charter on Responsible Care at the start of 2006. Evonik is also active in the German Energy Agency (dena), the Competence Center for Energy Efficiency and Regenerative Energies and the Forum for Future Energy, a politically independent, cross-sector institution promoting the use of renewable energy sources.

Sustainability Report 2018

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