Committed to a sustainable future

Chemistry is essential for thousands of products we use every day and at Nouryon, we believe good chemistry is key to a sustainable future.

Our sustainability approach and metrics

We developed and launched a new sustainability approach in 2020. This approach is based on three pillars: 

  • IMPROVE: Further improving our environmental footprint and safety performance
  • GROW: Growing sales of our portfolio of sustainable solutions
  • ENGAGE: with our people and society to drive progress together

This new approach was developed following a materiality assessment and aims to support the objectives of the UN Paris Agreement on climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Our approach includes two new ambitious goals: Reduce absolute carbon emissions from our operations and energy use by 25% between 2020 and 2025 and increase our use of low-carbon and renewable energy to at least 60% by 2025.

We involve both internal and external stakeholders in the development and governance of our sustainability agenda and we disclose our results on an annual basis.

Download our 2020 Sustainability report

Our company purpose includes our commitment to a sustainable future. We dedicate ourselves to strengthening this commitment in our own company and operations, in our R&D and solutions for customers, and in being a responsible partner to the communities in which we operate. This annual sustainability report is an opportunity to share progress with regards to this commitment.

Key highlights from report
Key highlights from report

Governance & disclosure

Sustainability is a cornerstone of our strategy to achieve long-term growth and we involve a wide range of experts and stakeholders in the development of our sustainability agenda.

Our focused approach is anchored in a Materiality Assessment conducted in 2019, which helped identify key sustainability issues that are most important to the company and where we can have the biggest impact.


Sustainability is the collective responsibility of the Nouryon Leadership Team, led by Charlie Shaver, Chairman and CEO. The Chief Sustainability & Communications Officer, Vivi Hollertt, develops and oversees Nouryon’s global sustainability approach. All members of the Leadership Team have ownership of ESG topics and initiatives

Operational and environmental sustainability is managed directly by the Integrated Supply Chain function, reporting to the Chief Integrated Supply Chain Officer. This includes overseeing our performance on safety, greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, eco-efficiency program, and water management strategy. This ensures that our sustainability performance is supported at all our manufacturing sites around the globe. Sustainable Sourcing, which also falls under Integrated Supply Chain, is the responsibility of the Chief Procurement Officer. Responsibility for Compliance lies with the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and a dedicated Chief Compliance Officer who also leads Diversity & Inclusion. Human Resources, including the development and empowerment of our people, is overseen by the Chief Human Resources Officer. 


Starting with the 2019 Report, Nouryon discloses its sustainability agenda and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data on an annual basis.

Keep aiming high

Our sustainability performance was rated “Silver” by the EcoVadis CSR platform. EcoVadis rated Nouryon based on a range of indicators spanning environmental performance, labor & human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement.

Our sustainability achievements place Nouryon in the top 10% of companies rated by EcoVadis. As one of our values states, ‘We aim high’ as a company
and therefore we have our sights set on further improving our sustainability performance and EcoVadis rating from our strong position.

More about our performance

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