The Goals and LANXESS' contributions
An appropriate salary not only increases the motivation of each individual employee, but is also the basis for a secure life. LANXESS therefore ensures fair pay at our sites worldwide in the form of minimum wages and regular working hours.
We also assume responsibility where people are in need: For example, after the severe earthquake in Nepal in 2015, LANXESS India employees donated a daily wage to the Prime Minister's relief fund. Thanks to this extraordinary commitment, LANXESS has doubled the sum of more than 1.2 million Indian rupees for the victims of the natural disaster and reconstruction.
Over 7.6 billion people currently live on Earth. And the number is rising: according to the United Nations, even more than initially assumed. In 2050, approximately 9.8 billion people will be living on the planet. They all need to be healthy, balanced and, above all, adequately fed - a challenging task for the agricultural sector. In addition, the demand for alternative energy sources is increasing and the world's eating habits are changing. On the other hand, however, climate change and industrialization threaten to reduce the amount of usable land.
With many years of experience and expertise, we contribute to making modern agriculture more productive and sustainable. For example, tailor-made crop protection agents and fertilizers protect crops from crop failure and improve efficiency in agriculture. And even more: Virkon® S, one of the world's leading veterinary disinfectants, is regarded as the disinfectant of choice for combating bird.
But we also promote a healthy and active lifestyle within the company: Occupational health management is based on raising the awareness of all employees for their own well-being and motivating them to act responsibly and adopt healthy behaviors. This includes health programs in the workplace, general health awareness, environmental protection, handling chemicals, plant safety, safety precautions at the workplace and for our products.
LANXESS products also play an important role in disease prevention. For example, the active ingredient Icaridin in insect sprays protects against malaria, dengue fever and the Zika virus. The insect repellent is applied to the skin and covers up human own odor to safely keep insects, such as mosquitoes or ticks, away. The product is even recommended by the World Health Organization of the United Nations.
Vocational training is the basis of our strategy to generate skilled workers from our own ranks. Ongoing qualification and further training benefits both our employees and our company – as well as society as a whole.
As part of the LANXESS education initiative, we support children, young people and young adults at our production sites around the world. In Germany, for example, around 270 primary schools use specially-developed scientific materials to arouse the curiosity of young researchers. Workshops and laboratory days offer the opportunity to familiarize students with chemistry, while scholarships support STEM students worldwide. LANXESS is also committed to the non-profit organization "Teach For India" as one of the main sponsors. The program promotes talented students with poor starting conditions to open them up to potential career opportunities. A LANXESS-sponsored initiative near the El Dorado site in the United States offers students the opportunity to discover the exciting world of science. LANXESS has also been active in South Africa for many years and recently, in Newcastle, renovated the classrooms of a school for children with physical and mental disabilities.
To promote equal opportunities as, we have launched the "Diversity & Inclusion" initiative to further develop diversity at LANXESS and to highlight its positive effects on the company. The international commitment of all employees plays a central role in this. With flexible working hours, part-time or home office models and our own childcare facilities, we also support the compatibility of family and career. LANXESS is also committed to maternity leave, which is by no means a global standard, at its sites outside Europe and to introducing or expanding country-specific concepts.In 2018, women in middle and senior management positions was just below 20%; by 2020, it should be at least 20%.
We also have an exciting Girls' Day program to show our youngest employees that chemistry is no longer a man's business.
Wherever we operate, we are continuously working on energy efficiency solutions - and building energy efficiency networks is a very effective way to accomplish that. An Energy Efficiency Network consists of eight to fifteen companies and jointly identifies opportunities to increase energy efficiency. Based on this analysis, each company and the network as a whole sets itself efficiency goals for the duration of its work. In Germany alone, these networks should help save 75 petajoules of primary energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5 million tons.
Solar thermal power plants operators rely on the parabolic trough system and appreciate LANXESS’ thermostable and durable heat transfer medium Diphyl®. At the Arenales power plant in Andalusia, Spain, for example, parabolic mirrors bundle the sun's rays onto an absorber tube in which about 2,200 metric tons of Diphyl® circulate. The heated medium creates steam through a heat exchanger, which then generates environmentally-friendly electricity for around 50,000 households via a steam turbine.
Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.
We also think it is more important than ever in the chemical industry to assume responsibility for decent working conditions – both in our own operations and in throughout our supply chain.
We express this commitment through various partnerships and memberships: LANXESS is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, the world's largest initiative for responsible corporate governance, and is committed to the labor standards of the International Labor Organization. In addition, we are committed to ensuring that human rights are respected in all our markets at all times. The health and safety of our employees is a top priority for LANXESS, as evidenced by the steadily declining million-hour working rate*.
*Number of accidents per million working hours from the first day of absence in relation to all employees at all sites.
For example, the construction industry utilizes flame-retardant additives to prevent fires spreading throughout buildings - and thus protect our infrastructure.
Following the acquisition of the U.S. chemical company Chemtura, LANXESS is one of the leading suppliers of additives. For example, our flame retardants Firemaster® and Emerald Innovation® support the trend toward energy-efficient construction. As additives in insulating materials, they are highly-effective and provide lasting protection against fire damage.
There is a great willingness among the population to help these refugees. LANXESS and its employees are also committed to supporting refugees and working to reduce inequalities.
LANXESS is making a total of EUR 400,000 available for selected projects at our sites to provide those seeking protection with opportunities for a better future: In Krefeld, a used mobile home was converted into a mobile counseling center for single refugee women. And in Leverkusen, LANXESS financed the "Com-Box," in which people of all ages and educational backgrounds can learn the German language independently to help them improve their situations. In addition to financial support, LANXESS employees who participate in established aid organizations can take up to eight days off to work for local refugees.
One trend in urban development that LANXESS products are helping to shape is the coloring of concrete. Whether buildings, bridges, squares or entire streets - iron oxide pigments from LANXESS not only give them color, but also provide long-term protection from abrasion and weather.
LANXESS products also help to make monuments and landmarks more resistant: for example, France's most famous landmark - the Eiffel Tower in Paris. To protect the steel structure, it is regularly repainted with several coats of paint. The special coating with Bayferrox® pigments gives the prestige building in Paris its characteristic color - the so-called "Eiffel Tower Brown.”
The leather business is an example of how we can further advance an already sustainable and resource-efficient process. Leather in general is the prime example of a recycled product. For more than 100 years, the leather industry has been developing a durable and versatile material from a by-product of meat production. To protect the environment in the long term, production must develop into a recycling industry that combines technology and ecology. With its "Sustainable Leather Management" initiative, LANXESS is regarded as a pioneer in forward-looking leather production, for which we are developing environmentally friendly processes. that recycles a waste product from the tannery, known as chips. Around 600,000 metric tons of chips would typically end up in landfill every year. Thanks to an innovative solution from LANXESS, the waste is now being processed into a new, improved class of retanning materials: X-Biomer products are made from renewable raw materials, reduce wastewater pollution and are biodegradable.
Under the title "Resource-efficient production of leather chemicals" (ReeL), LANXESS's Leather business unit is developing a modular pilot plant together with the Leverkusen research institute INVITE that can produce X-Biomer retanning agents for leather production from previously disposed of chips and organic biomass.
By 2025, we aim to reduce our energy consumption and CO2 emissions by 25 percent (based on 2015 data). But we are also setting the course for a climate-friendly future with our products outside our own production processes. We have a broad range of high-performance plastics for demanding applications that enable new, more climate-friendly mobility – what we call “New Mobility.” We are also working on new lightweight construction materials and technologies to increase the range of electric vehicles. Our lightweight materials play an important role in improving the weight of vehicles by improving their efficiency, while also making them safer and more sustainable.
- 25% less CO2e Scope 1 emissions in relation to volume sold by the end of 2025 (base year: 2015)
- 25% less CO2e Scope 2 emissions in relation to volume sold by the end of 2025 (base year: 2015)
Plankton in the oceans produces between 50-80% of the oxygen in our atmosphere through photosynthesis. Oceans compensate for extreme temperature fluctuations on Earth through their ability to absorb large amounts of heat. And their currents influence the climate on all continents. LANXESS is also working to protect the oceans and coasts implementing measures like the "No Pellets Loss" project as part of the "Operation Clean Sweep." This program of the Plastics Europe umbrella organization is intended to promote responsible handling of plastic granules, which can enter the marine environment at various points along the production chain if they’re not handled properly. To prevent this, we have launched the internal "No Pellet Emission" project. The aim of the project is to permanently prevent the escape of plastic pellets - even in very small quantities - and protect the oceans from pollution.
At the same time, wood is also a natural raw material that must be protected from weatherization - like sun and rain, heat and cold, as well as fungi and insects. That is why we offer active ingredients for all wood protection applications that are known for their strength and quality. In the industrial pressure vessel process, for example, these active ingredients are injected deep into the wood against wood-damaging organisms. This leads to a high durability. LANXESS Preventol® brand preservatives also protect wood coatings, emulsion paints, varnishes and plasters from harmful and discoloring organisms. And the longer a carport, terrace or garden fence is used, the less raw material wood is consumed.
At LANXESS, this is a basic requirement and expectation for all of our global business activities - defined in our own “Code for integrity and compliance at LANXESS.” The Code covers topics such as anti-corruption, social responsibility, safety and environmental protection, as well as other required guidelines – all of which are monitored regularly for compliance internally and externally. Exhibitions, workshops, exchange events, awards ceremonies and industrial theaters are designed to anchor our corporate values among our employees: for sustainable development at all levels.
Taxes are a key element that enables governments and maintains social structures. While tax legislation and enforcement are state tasks, companies and their employees also play an important role as taxpayers. We believe that responsible tax management is an integral part of sustainable business in a robust and well-functioning society. We see the fulfilment of tax obligations as our commitment to a well-functioning society.
LANXESS conducts intensive dialogues with various stakeholders to discuss relevant issues openly and constructively and to reconcile ecology and economy.
The most important partners are customers, employees, capital market representatives, suppliers, neighbors at the Group's sites, politicians and non-governmental organizations. We are involved in powerful global networks, such as the UN Global Compact, and pool our expertise in sustainable development. We also regularly invite relevant stakeholders to participate in impactful roundtable discussions.