Our sustainability strategy
Raising the bar to tackle climate change and resource scarcity to foster a better life
Sustainability is a journey
At Solvay, we believe that finding solutions to humanity’s biggest challenges requires scientific breakthroughs that protect our heritage for generations to come. Today, we are using our expertise to help solve some of the world’s most pressing issues.
Solvay One Planet turns our ambition into concrete actions. It ensures that we focus our efforts on the areas where our innovation and sustainable solutions can have the biggest positive impact, directly and indirectly, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Underpinned by our Purpose and G.R.O.W. strategy, our sustainability agenda is brought to life by a set of clearly defined programs and actions. These are organized around ten key goals and put into practice through a set of concrete actions and projects.
Sustainability achievements at a glance
We accelerated our efforts to meet our stakeholders’ growing expectations: we focused on protecting the most vulnerable during the pandemic; set more ambitious environmental targets; built partnerships to enable the circular economy; and worked to ensure that sustainable solutions represent a growing proportion of our sales.
36 emissions reduction projects
equivalent to taking 1.3 million cars off the road
52% of 2020 Group sales
were sustainable solutions
Extension of parental leave
time to 16 weeks regardless of gender
Ranked #10 by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
for installed solar capacity in the USA
Partnership with Renault and Veolia
along the value chain
€15 million raised
to provide financial support for Solvay families and communities
Recognition on our biodiversity commitments
by Act4Nature International
-27% non-recoverable industrial waste since 2018
More than 13 300 participants,
500 activities made across 120 sites
-5% fresh water intake since 2018
“Solvay’s sustainability commitment is strong and goes beyond just reducing our environmental impact: it’s also about responsible capitalism and creating a better life for our employees and society at large. Whether it is through creating products that improve health, safety and air quality, caring for employees during the Covid-19 crisis, or developing circular economy solutions, we want to be a catalyst to enable a more sustainable future.”
Ilham Kadri, Solvay CEO