Exercising responsibility in our entrepreneurial activities is a key element of our corporate strategy. We therefore continued to advance our sustainable development in 2013 and underscored our claim to being a sustainable investment.

LANXESS was again included in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) compiled by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). This means we continue to rank in the top 10% of the 350 companies surveyed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland which are characterized by particularly transparent reporting about climate protection. LANXESS was first included in this index by the leading global climate protection initiative in 2012. The company has participated since 2006 in the CDP, which collects climate protection data from companies around the world and uses the results of its analyses to calculate the CDLI.

Our sustainable development was also rewarded by our renewed inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). For the first time, we were also listed in the DJSI Europe. Our performance in the areas environmental policy/management system, climate strategy, antitrust guidelines, innovation management and product stewardship contributed especially to our ranking.

Our listing in the FTSE4Good Index, in which we were first included in 2011, was also confirmed. In addition, leading rating agency oekom research has put our corporate responsibility rating at C+ since 2011.

In June 2011, LANXESS signed the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest and fastest growing corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative. It again reaffirmed its commitment to this important platform last year.

Strengthening the sustainability profile will remain a priority for LANXESS in 2014. Detailed information about sustainability is available in the Corporate responsibilty section and on our corporate website.