Protecting the environment is part of Solvay’s Sustainable Development policy. Management systems rely on risk analysis, monitoring of performance and compliance, follow-up of the corresponding corrective actions, performance reviews, and improvement plans.

Solvay Care Management System (SCMS)

Solvay’s objectives:



of industrial sites to have a system in line with Group requirements.


of plants internally audited


internal auditors


of plants externally certified

In 2014, Solvay decided to build and progressively implement its own management system to adequately manage all HSE risks. The SCMS covers seven Health Safety and Environment (HSE) domains: occupational safety, process safety, the environment, industrial hygiene, occupational health, product stewardship, and transport. The system incorporates the requirements of the:

  • ISO 14001 standard (edition 2004),
  • OHSAS 18001 standard (edition 2007),
  • Solvay group HSE requirements.

SCMS defines four maturity levels for each requirement, from the basic, mandatory level to operational excellence. Level one corresponds to regulatory compliance. This management system is designed to help sites earn external certifications for their integrated management systems and GBUs, for their multi-site management systems. Decisions to apply for external certification are taken site by site, by the local Management. 2017 will be the first year that standard audits and SCMS audits are combined.




Legend: Integrated management system: Responsible Care management system for sites in North America, … etc.

Specific environmental management systems: dedicated system of ISO 14001 or equivalent

Solvay manufacturing sites



… with integrated management systems addressing Health, Safety and Environment



… with SCMS



… with management systems addressing environment



… with specific environmental management systems



Training and education in Health, Safety and Environment

In 2016, Solvay’s 26,000 employees received an average of two full days of training specifically dedicated to health, safety and environmental management. Training in health, safety and the environment is primarily organized and carried out at the site level, depending on the local organization.

In addition, dedicated training sessions were organized to support corporate programs in particular for:

  • deployment of the Solvay life-saving rules;
  • deployment of leadership safety visits by top managers;
  • product regulatory compliance, in particular Reach compliance;
  • process safety, via the process safety experts network;
  • new health, safety and environmental management systems (SCMS);
  • progressive deployment of the hygiene tools (SOCRATES, Critical Task Exposure Screening);
  • reinforcement of the core competencies of the DGSA (transport safety advisers);
  • training of Group auditors and “Manufacturing Excellence” networks on HSE and SCMS requirements.