Carbon Footprint Over a Product’s Entire Life Cycle
The Group’s corporate carbon footprint report is a tool for improving climate protection. It covers three scopes: in addition to direct emissions (Scope 1, e.g. production facilities and power plants) and indirect emissions (Scope 2, procured energy), the company reports on any WACKER-relevant indirect Scope 3 emissions. These occur upstream and downstream along the supply chain, such as by transporting raw materials or by disposing of products at the end of their life cycle.
More and more of the company’s customers in the construction, paint, adhesive, textile and paper industries, among others, value the use of renewable raw materials. Since this reporting period, WACKER has been using renewable resources to manufacture, for example, commercial quantities of dispersions based on vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer.
Its Sustainability Report also addresses the company’s water consumption. Through wastewater-treatment improvements at its Burghausen site, WACKER achieved a reduction of around 6 percent in chemical oxygen demand (COD) and of 14 percent in halogenated organic hydrocarbons (AOX) in 2018.
Sustainability Performance of Suppliers
Sustainability in the supply chain is a WACKER priority. In the report, the company presents the results achieved by its suppliers and by WACKER itself in TfS (Together for Sustainability) audits and in EcoVadis assessments.
Survey of Employees from 67 Countries
2018 was the first time that WACKER conducted a global employee survey at all of its sites. The evaluation shows that WACKER employees identify with their employer to a large degree – both in Germany and around the world. 85 percent of those surveyed in Germany and 86 percent at sites elsewhere are proud to work for WACKER. 88 percent and 86 percent, respectively, would recommend WACKER as an employer.
People from 67 different nations work for WACKER. Diversity management at WACKER focuses on all dimensions of diversity, and especially on inclusion. A feature article on this topic is also available as an easy-to-read, barrier-free version.
Accessible in English and German at www.wacker.com/sustainabilityreport, the report offers easy navigation and interactive functions, such as key-figure comparisons and download options. The report is also available as a PDF file.