Clariant, a leading supplier of specialty chemicals, recently announced new company-wide sustainability commitments, including:
Commitment to sustainable sourcing of palm oil. Setting up of a zero-deforestation policy with focus on traceability across the value chain and obtaining Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) supply chain certification.
Value chain collaboration: proactive encouragement of value chain collaboration with customers, suppliers and other third parties to improve Clariant’s sustainability and that of its customers.
Replacement of heavy-metal based pigments in masterbatches and Chromium (VI) catalysts in the near future, as they have been identified as non-sustainable.
“We must create long-term value. And we can only achieve this through innovative strength and strict sustainable practices. It is the only way to establish a leading position in our businesses. We have therefore set up a clear sustainability strategy for the future,” said Clariant’s CEO Hariolf Kottmann.
In order to improve its environmental footprint, Clariant is screening its entire product portfolio, using 36 sustainability criteria in all three sustainability dimensions - social, environmental and economic - and on all aspects of a product lifecycle. To date, Clariant has screened 84 per cent of turnover of its portfolio against the criteria. From this, 76 per cent of the product portfolio already fulfills Clariant’s sustainability definition. More than 60 products originating from all business areas have already been awarded Clariant’s EcoTain label, including 22 from the business unit Industrial & Consumer Specialties (ICS).
“EcoTain is assigned to those products which significantly exceed market sustainability standards, have best-in-class performance and contribute overall to the sustainability efforts of the company and of customers,” says Clariant.
In the Personal Care sector, the EcoTain label was recently granted to Clariant’s GlucoTain range of sugar-based co-surfactants for applications such as shampoos, shower gels and shaving foams, which was presented at the latest in-cosmetics tradeshow in Barcelona.