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Corporate Social Responsibility: our approach

Corporate Social Responsibility: the Arkema group's approch

In a world facing countless economic, environmental and social challenges, Arkema is committed to sustainable growth. The Group has put in place a global Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. As an integral part of its strategy and its activities, it involves all Arkema stakeholders, in particular its customers, employees and suppliers.

Committing to sustainable growth

As a global player in specialty chemicals and advanced materials, Arkema aims to rank with the best in the chemical industry in CSR and sustainability.


In line with this approach and its endorsement of the principles of the Global Compact and the Responsible Care® program, the Group's CSR policy has been structured around five core commitments:

  • Rank with the best-in-class in the chemical industry for safety
  • Shrink the environmental footprint of our activities
  • Make sustainable development a centerpiece of our innovation policy and our product lines
  • Fostering the personal and collective development of our people
  • Keeping open the lines of communication with all stakeholders

Keep getting better, with indicators and ojectives to back us up

Arkema put in place a management process and indicators to track the results across all our activities.

Safety: three 2025 targets


Workplace accidents

Reduce the TRIR* to less than 1.2

201420152016Obj. 2025

Peer observation

implement the peer observation program at all sites

201420152016Obj. 2025

Site audits

conduct an AIMS** audit at all sites by 2025


* Recordable injury rate per million hours worked.

** All-in-one audit to confirm progress on safety, the environment and quality.

Environmental footprint: four 2025 targets

Arkema set four environmental targets that are measured by Environmental Footprint Performance Indicators. EFPI are not impacted by changes in scope, allowing us to better track the Groupe's performance and to measure its CSR performance.



cut COD by 20%

2012201420152016Obj. 2025

* Chemical oxygen demand



reduce VOC emissions by 33%

2012201420152016Obj. 2025
EFPI VOC 1.000.790.830.800.67

* Volatil organic compound



cut net energy purchases by 15% a year

2012201420152016Obj. 2025
EFPI Energy 1.000.990.980.920.85


halve greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)

2012201420152016Obj. 2025
EFPI GHG 1.000.700.620.600.50

Innovation policy: one indicator


Number of sustainability related

patents filed

patents filed 128121116

Individual and collective development: two 2025 diversity targets


Women as a percentage

of senior managers and executives

201420152016Obj. 2025

Non-French nationals

as a percentage of senior managers and executives

2016Obj. 2025

Communication with all stakeholders: one indicator


Number of Common Ground®

initiatives carried out worldwide


A CSR initiative recognized by specialized rating agencies

The Group's approach to CSR is regularly assessed by external stakeholders, in particular by customers and non-financial rating agencies (CDP, EcoVadis, Vigeo, RobecoSAM, Oekom, Sustainalytics).


Furthermore, in 2015 Arkema was included in the FTSE4Good non-financial global index which lists exemplary companies around the world, and so reflects the Group's sound performance in CSR matters.

Operating ethically

U.N. Global Compact

United Nations Global Compact

Arkema is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, a program addressing such issues as respect for human rights and international labor standards, environmental protection, and the fight against corruption.


In addition to the principles of the Global Compact, the Group's values also extend to those of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and those expressed by the International Labour Organization and in the OECD's Guidelines for Multinational

Responsible Care®

Responsible Care®

Arkema endorses the Responsible Care® program. Launched under the auspices of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), this initiative reflects the voluntary commitment of the world’s chemical industries to safeguarding health and the environment, in particular through the product stewardship approach.

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