Sustainability is at the heart of our strategy

Sustainability is an integral part of our strategy and how we create value for our customers. We also expect our partners to commit to sustainable operations. We want to use our chemistry expertise to find solutions and contribute to a sustainable and prosperous society.

The global shared ambition to build a sustainable world is articulated in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These offer us a common framework through which to evaluate how Kemira currently contributes to these goals and how we can further develop to make even bigger impact in the future.

We have chosen to prioritize five themes to best match our businesses and customer segments.

These are also the five themes where we can make the biggest difference: either by reducing our negative impacts or maximizing our positive contributions to achieving the UN SDGs.

Worker at wastewater treatment plant.

Safety

Safety is the foundation of everything we do. Our business depends on our ability to operate processes at our manufacturing sites safely, transport high-quality products to customers on time and without incidents, ensure our customers understand how to handle our products and that the final consumer product is safe to use.

Colleagues enjoying outdoor picnic.

People

Kemira is a truly global company and our people come from very diverse backgrounds. We offer our employees the right mix of opportunities and challenges in a global and dynamic working environment. Our culture is collaborative and we foster a sense of belonging that empowers our people to make a real difference through innovation and sustainability.


Water

Only 3% of the earth’s water is fresh, and an even smaller percentage of that is available for drinking. At Kemira we see our role as a custodian of this valuable resource because we have the products and ability to help make the most of this finite resource. In our own operations, we are continuously evaluating opportunities to decrease water withdrawal, consumption, discharge, and associated impacts through water recycling and reuse.


Circularity

Kemira is in the business of innovating in chemistry to solve problems for our customers and society. This includes resource scarcity and consumption. As global consumption grows, this puts increasing pressure on our planet and resources. To decouple growth from consumption we need to adopt a circular mindset where we design out waste and increase resource productivity.


Climate

Climate change is a defining challenge for our time. Failure has the potential to devastate ecosystems and societies. In contrast, success can put the world on a path to sustainability with multiple co-benefits beyond simply greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. Our long-term ambition is to be carbon neutral by 2045 and Kemira fully supports the ambition of the UNFCCC Paris Agreement.

Recycling

24%

of our raw materials
are from recycled sources

Our ambition

2045

is to be climate neutral

Of our revenue

53%

from improving end-use
resource efficiency