Committed to a sustainable future

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Chemistry is essential for thousands of products we use every day and we believe good chemistry is key to a sustainable future. Nouryon's approach is based on three pillars: further improving the operational footprint and safety of our factories, growing our portfolio of sustainable solutions, and continuing to engage with our people and society to drive progress together.

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


Becoming safer and more efficient every day 

Since 2009, we have become a top-quartile performer in safety and reduced our product carbon footprint with almost 30 percent. We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment even further – working with customers, suppliers and new technology start-ups to become safer and more efficient every day. We have committed to further reduce our company carbon footprint by 20 percent between 2020 and 2025.

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Better chemistry for a sustainable future

We work together with customers, suppliers, and other partners to develop new and leading solutions that have smaller footprints or enable our customers to deliver benefits in more sustainable ways – ranging from a growing share of bio-based and bio-degradable products to new, circular, raw materials.

Many of our products have a lower footprint than the mainstream market alternative and over 20% of our revenue comes from solutions which make our customers products more sustainable.

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We strive to have a positive impact on people’s lives through our products every day. We develop, listen to, and empower our employees, partners, and local communities to make our industry safer and more sustainable in all dimensions. Nouryon invests in learning and development at all levels, to a diverse and inclusive leadership.

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Governance and 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 with internal and external stakeholders which helped identify key sustainability issues that are most important to the company and where we can make a difference.


Sustainability is driven by a global Sustainability Steering Team, reporting into the Chief Sustainability & Communications Officer and consisting of representatives of all businesses and the Integrated Supply Chain. Environmental sustainability is managed directly by the Integrated Supply Chain to ensure its inclusion in every factory we operate around the globe. Responsibility for Compliance lies with the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, who is supported by a dedicated Chief Compliance Officer.


Starting with the 2019 Report, Nouryon discloses its sustainability agenda and data on an annual basis.

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