Key activities in 2013
At Kemira, we have further developed our corporate responsibility in 2013, internally as well as externally. We have, for example, initiated a shared value project together with a key customer, published our first position statements on topics important for Kemira and included performance results against corporate responsibility targets in our interim reporting.
In 2013, we focused on reaching the first ever Kemira sustainability targets that were published in the Annual & Sustainability report 2012. Each sustainability target was assigned with a target owner, as well as a detailed roadmaps and planning to ensure the achieving of targets in due time.
We improved the communication of Kemira’s performance against the set targets; the sustainability section in each Kemira Interim report in 2013 includes a summary of the key achievements regarding the sustainability target focus areas.
Based on the results of the target performance reporting in 2013, we can proudly conclude that we managed to reach the targets that were due to be accomplished by the end of 2013. We are also proceeding according to our roadmaps for achieving the longer-term targets set for 2014–2015.
Sustainability Key Performance Indicators 2012–2013
|Focus areas and targets||2013||2012|
|Target: Effective use of Code of Conduct for Suppliers, Distributors and Agents (CoC-SDA) in all relevant supplier relationships by the end of 2013|
|Target: Active Supplier Performance management program in place by the end of 2013|
|Target: All Kemira employees covered by Kemira Code of Conduct (CoC) training by the end of 2013|
|Target: All Kemira employees covered by the global Performance Management process by the end of 2014|
|Target: Every people manager participates in leadership development programs at least once every 3 years, first target period 2013–2015|
|Target: Achieve zero accidents|
|Target: Baseline analyzed and water efficiency program defined by the end of 2014|
|Target: Baseline set and the energy efficiency index defined by the end of 2013|
|Target: Sustainability and safety aspects considered in all New Product Development (NPD) projects by the end of 2014||
|Target: Each Kemira site with over 50 employees has participated in local community involvement initiatives at least once by the end of 2015|
|1 Active employees, excluding employees who are in the scope of divested businesses
2 All white collars are covered by the global Performance Management process
3 2012 Annual result
4 EEI = Energy Efficiency Index
Kemira’s sustainability target-setting was evaluated in the second half of 2013 with a help of a stakeholder brainstorming survey. The results of the stakeholder brainstorming survey have been incorporated in our updated corporate responsibility focus areas and targets for 2014.
External sustainability ratings and indices
Partly as a response to the feedback from our stakeholders, year 2013 saw an improvement in Kemira’s visibility in the external sustainability ratings and indices.
Kemira achieved for the first time a top position in CDP’s Nordic 260 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). Kemira achieved an excellent score of 96B (75C in 2012). A high disclosure score 96/100 signals that Kemira has provided comprehensive information about the measurement and management of its carbon footprint, its climate change strategy and risk management processes and outcomes. The performance score was upgraded from C to B which reflects the improvement in actions on climate change mitigation, adaptation and transparency.
Kemira was also invited to respond to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Sustainability assessment for the first time in 2013. Unfortunately our performance did not qualify us to be included in the DJSI indexes or in the RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook. The feedback gained through the process certainly helps us to identify our strengths within corporate responsibility management, but also where further improvement is needed. As an example, we identified aspects within social responsibility such as human rights and product stewardship management, where further work is required to bring us at par with our well established management practices in environmental responsibility.
Shared value through water stewardship
Kemira initiated a three-year water stewardship project with our key customer Stora Enso in Guangxi, Southern China. The project “Creating Shared Value through Water Stewardship in Guangxi” targets to promote responsible water management and community engagement in the Guangxi Province in Southern China, where Stora Enso leases 90,000 hectares of land and manages eucalyptus tree plantations. The project aims to find new solutions for responsible water management through stakeholder surveys, community work and water-related capacity building.
The project will create shared value by improving Stora Enso's tree plantations operations, and by strengthening Kemira's role as the water management solutions provider for the paper industry and for local communities, as well as bringing new know-how and better water management tools to local communities.
Sustainable recovery and reuse of phosphorus
The consultative communication launched by the European Commission in July 2013 on the sustainable use of phosphorus triggered Kemira to conduct an active advocacy program during 2013. Kemira has technologies and extensive know-how for sustainable recovery and reuse of phosphorus, which is one of the vital building blocks for life, essential for animal feed and food production, yet the main source of eutrophication in the European surface waters, and the supplies are almost non-existent in Europe.
In addition to responding to the European Commission’s consultative communication, Kemira published a position paper on sustainable recovery and reuse of phosphorus. We also conducted an advocacy contact program with key decision-makers and opinion leaders for underlining the importance of chemical recovery of phosphorus from wastewater and recycling back to agriculture, and how the use of coagulants to capture phosphorus is essential to meet EU policy goals from an environmental, economic, energy efficiency, employment and supply security perspective.