At Kemira, the purpose of corporate responsibility is to understand, identify and manage the impacts of our activities on the environment and society. For us, corporate responsibility means being responsible in our own operations and contributing to sustainable development throughout our value chain.
Kemira aims to promote sustainable development including economic, environmental and social aspects. Our corporate responsibility management approach reflects the principles set out in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, a set of government-backed recommendations on responsible business conduct. Kemira is a signatory of Responsible Care, the voluntary initiative of the international chemical industry that drives continuous improvement in health, safety and environmental performance.
Sustainable development is a source of business opportunities for Kemira. Our strategy derives from global industry needs to produce more with less in a world where population growth and scarcity of resources set the standards for resource efficiency. With the help of our expertise and tailored combination of chemicals, our customers are able to improve their water, energy and raw material efficiency and thus reduce their own environmental impact. Kemira aims to develop and promote environmentally preferred products and solutions to its customers.
In addition to ensuring responsible business conduct in its own operations, Kemira expects its suppliers and other business partners to maintain the same high standards of operation. We have therefore introduced a Code of Conduct for Suppliers, Agents and Distributors, and we are focussing on further developing our supplier performance management approach.
At Kemira, corporate responsibility is managed through target-setting, which is the basis for continuous improvement. We set development and improvement targets for our responsibility focus areas, which are integrated into the operational management system. The focus areas have been defined through assessing our key stakeholders’ expectations and impacts of our operations on value creation, society and the environment.
Corporate responsibility targets are approved by the Kemira Management Board. The Board of Directors is involved in discussing the responsibility targets and approves the corporate responsibility report.