The analysis covers Evonik’s entire operating chemicals business. The results of the sustainability analysis for 2016 confirm that approximately 50% of the sales generated by Evonik’s chemical segments already come from products that make a measurable contribution to improving resource efficiency in the use phase.
Examples are amino acids for animal nutrition, additives for hydraulic fluids, and functional silanes to protect building facades. The method used for this analysis was validated by an external auditor in spring 2017 and then published by Evonik.
“We experience the close relationship between ecologically and socially responsible conduct on the one hand and business success on the other on a daily basis in our interaction with employees, customers, investors and business partners,” said Thomas Wessel, the Executive Board member responsible for sustainability at Evonik.
Occupational safety and plant safety, in other words, protecting employees, local inhabitants and the environment, have priority over sales and profits at Evonik. In 2016, the accident frequency indicator for Evonik employees was 1.2. That was within the ceiling of 1.3 set by the company but slightly above the previous year’s figure of 1.0.
The accident frequency rate shows the number of accidents involving Evonik employees and contractors’ employees under Evonik’s direct supervision per one million working hours. As a result of the safety initiative, Evonik has also greatly improved the process safety of its production facilities.
In Singapore, the DL-methionine production plant on Jurong Island has set a good example of maintaining a safe and productive workplace. In 2016 they have accomplished one million safe working hours since the start of its operation in 2014 with zero lost-time accident.