To act in all situations in line with the Group’s vision, mission and values, to foster the best possible business environment for the Solvay Group, and be recognized as a responsible actor in business and public authorities’/stakeholders’ dialogues.
employees in GPA
Nineteen Solvay employees are part of the Government and Public Affairs (GPA) function: six at corporate level and the Government Public Affairs team corresponding to a headcount of thirteen at a national/regional level in Europe, the United States, Asia and Latin America. Their goal is to establish, either directly or indirectly a permanent dialogue and a long-term partnership based on trust and clarity, with public authorities and other relevant stakeholders regarding issues of common concern.
Solvay has direct and indirect contact with policy makers and public officials on issues of relevance to the Group. This includes participation in many trade associations such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the International Council of Chemistry Associations (ICCA), BusinessEurope, the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC). In October 2014, Solvay CEO Jean-Pierre Clamadieu was elected President of CEFIC for 2 years. As CEFIC President, within the framework of the run-up to COP21, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu advocated for global carbon pricing , market-based for industries, which, thanks to gradual cost convergence, would help in preventing carbon leakage of emissions-generating activities to countries with weaker emission regimes.He also works constantly to strengthen the credibility of the European Chemical Industry through an open dialogue with stakeholders. Solvay also engages directly with stakeholder consultations and attendance at Parliamentary hearings and debates where relevant.
In 2013 the Government and Public Affairs function issued a Group policy on government and public affairs which applies to every member of the Solvay Group. It notably sets a red line for all employees whereby the selection and retention of any public affairs consultant must be carried out with the approval of the Government and Public Affairs function.
In the United States, our employees established the Solvay Employee Political Action Committee (EMPAC), which is a bipartisan and employee-run organization. Solvay EMPAC accepts voluntary contributions from eligible US employees and independently decides which candidate to support.
The typical issues in the scope of activities of the Government and Public Affairs function are the following:
- Fight against climate change: contributes to the development of a clear, predictable and sustainable legislative framework for Climate Change policy in the EU and globally in the post 2020 period. Solvay supports a global and ambitious legally binding agreement on climate change within the framework of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which ensures a global level playing field.
- Competitiveness: Contributes to various pieces of legislation developing a sustainable framework for business
- Responsible chemical handling: Solvay CEO sponsorship of the International Council of Chemistry Associations’ (ICCA) Responsible Care program to drive the safe handling of chemicals around the world and across the value chain.
- Solvay export policy to sensitive countries: Solvay’s export control system is in place Global Trade Services does not prevent the export sales of products that comply with applicable legislation but that might have a negative impact on the reputation of the Group. GOA has proposed a process for sensitive country to which sales are only allowed after validation by the GBU President.
Solvay’s political contributions
Solvay respects the freedom of its employees to make their own political decisions. Any personal participation or involvement by an employee in the political process must be on an individual basis, in the employee’s own time and at the employee’s personal expense.