Sustainability targets on the road to “Factor 3”

To reach this ambitious 20-year goal, we will have to improve our efficiency by an average of 5 to 6 percent each year. We have set concrete 5-year targets for our focal areas. By 2015, we intend to improve the relationship between the value we create and our ecological footprint by 30 percent overall.

Sustainability targets on the road to “Factor 3”

Focal area Targets Status

Performance

  • At least 10 percent more sales per production unit by 2015 (base year 2010).


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Social Progress

  • Continuous training and professional development of all employees as appropriate to their tasks.
  • Annual increase of one to two percentage points in the proportion of female managers.


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Health and Safety

  • A 20 percent reduction in the worldwide accident rate by 2015 (base year 2010).
  • 50 percent reduction in solvents used in consumer adhesives by 2020 (base year 2010).


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Energy and Climate

  • A 15 percent reduction in energy consumption - and the associated CO2 emissions - per production unit by 2015 (base year 2010).
  • Regular checks of our production sites to determine whether the use of renewable energy sources is ecologically and economically worthwhile.


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Water and Wastewater

  • 15 percent less water used per production unit by 2015 (base year 2010).
  • Increase in the proportion of readily biodegradable ingredients in soaps, shower gels and shampoos to 90 percent by 2012.


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Materials and Waste

  • A 15 percent reduction in the waste footprint per production unit by 2015 (base year 2010).
  • Ensuring that the entire volume of palm oil and palm kernel oil used in the form of raw materials in our products is covered by certificates from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) by 2015.


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Overarching goals for all our focal areas

  • All new products contribute to sustainable development in at least one focal area.
  • Establishing a recognized measuring system in order to assess the contributions our products make along the value chain and to quantify the progress achieved in our product categories.


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green point Achieved / Progressing as planned  orange point Stronger focus needed  dark orange point Not achieved

Base for our targets: Sustainability performance from 2002 to 2012

We have been working to increase the efficiency and safety of our production processes for decades. Our sustainability performance over the past ten years illustrates this very clearly. In all three business sectors, our optimization efforts focus on improving value creation and occupational health and safety in our production operations while reducing our ecological footprint. Building on the progress achieved, we aim to reduce our energy and water consumption, our waste footprint, and the accident rate still further.

Last updated: March 6, 2013