In our business activities we are committed to taking account of the demands of economics, ecology and society. With our products and our expertise in the area of sustainable development we can make a significant contribution to supporting our customers, protecting the environment and improving the quality of life of people everywhere. All our corporate responsibility (CR) activities must be linked to our core business or to our available expertise.
We consider compliance with laws and ethical principles to be the basis for sustainable corporate governance. The “Code for Legal Compliance and Corporate Responsibility at LANXESS,” which is applicable throughout the Group, specifies minimum standards and gives our employees advice and guidance on complying with these standards. Our compliance management system was audited by Deloitte & Touche GmbH in 2012. The audit was completed without observation and with an unqualified audit opinion.
We have been supporting the Responsible Care® initiative since 2006, when we became a signatory to the Global Charter initiated by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA). We are also committed to the established principles of the world’s largest corporate social responsibility initiative, the U.N. Global Compact. Since we signed up in 2011, we have continued to raise our sustainability profile.
Integrated management system
At LANXESS, a central management system provides the necessary global structures to ensure responsible commercial practices. In addition to internal directives and operating procedures, strict quality and environmental standards in line with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 apply worldwide. External, independent experts regularly audit the progress of system integration at new sites and the performance of our management system worldwide. Confirmation of our compliance with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 takes the form of a global matrix certificate. We successfully completed a follow-up audit in 2013.
As of September 26, 2013, our matrix certificate covered 48 companies with 77 sites in 23 countries. In 2013, our production sites in Greensboro and Gastonia in the United States and the site we acquired from DSM in Triunfo, Brazil, were included in the certificate as planned. For our sites in the United States, we have also received certification to RC 14001 (RC = Responsible Care®). In addition, we have implemented an energy management system at our facilities in Germany which was certified for the first time to ISO 50001 in 2013.
We use a proprietary electronic system for the systematic global recording of key performance indicators (KPIs) in the areas of safety and environmental protection. Data for all indicators except the LTIFR are gathered only at those production sites in which the company has a holding of more than 50%. In the year under review, PricewaterhouseCoopers AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft assessed our data recording processes and system in the course of a business audit. Our HSE indicators for 2013 were audited with a view to achieving a “limited assurance” rating.
We expressly support the protection goals of the European chemical legislation REACH, which aims to ensure a high level of safety for human health and the environment in the manufacture and use of chemicals. We met the December 1, 2008, deadline for preregistering all substances of relevance to LANXESS with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki, Finland. We then registered a total of 360 substances that we produce in or import to the European Union in volumes exceeding 100 and 1,000 tons annually by the respective deadlines in 2010 and 2013. Lastly, all substances with volumes exceeding one ton must be registered in Europe by the third deadline on May 31, 2018.
Our not-for-profit activities focus on providing support for science education in schools. In 2008, we launched the extensive LANXESS education initiative that underscores our clear commitment to Germany as a business location and as a base for the chemical industry. LANXESS has also initiated projects focusing particularly on the promotion of science education at almost all its sites across the globe. To date, we have invested some €6 million in educational projects, €4 million of this sum in Germany.