8.1.2. Public policy
The Government and Public Affairs (GPA) Department raises the Group’s awareness of the general political context, the main challenges faced by public authorities, and more specific policy issues. In line with Solvay’s values and ethics, the Group GPA team works to foster long-term partnerships with public authorities and other relevant stakeholders by building on transparent and constructive dialogue.
Commitments and positions
The typical issues in the scope of activities of the Government and Public Affairs function are the following:
- Fight against climate change: Solvay supports the Paris Climate agreement and contributes to its implementation. In this context, Solvay pleads for the development of a clear, predictable, and sustainable legislative framework for Climate Change policy in the EU and globally, ensuring a balanced transition to a low carbon economy.
- Competitiveness: Solvay advocates for a regulatory system that fosters industrial innovation and creates highly skilled jobs worldwide.
- Responsible chemicals handling: Solvay’s CEO sponsors the International Council of Chemistry Associations’ (ICCA) Responsible Care program to encourage the safe handling of chemicals around the world and across the value chain.
- Environment: Solvay collaborates with trade associations and public authorities to develop and implement effective environmental regulations and standards.
- Trade: as an international company, Solvay recognizes the importance of free trade. Reducing trade barriers is essential for economic growth and thus for industrial activity.
Resources and responsibilities
The Solvay Global GPA team counts nineteen employees, who work to establish a permanent dialogue and a long-term partnership with public authorities and other relevant stakeholders.
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), the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), and Corporate and Social Responsibility Europe (CSR).
Solvay’s political contributions
The Group does not take part in party political activities, nor does it make corporate donations to political parties or candidates. However, the Group will engage in a constructive debate with public authorities on subjects of legitimate interest to Solvay. Only those employees specifically authorized to do so will carry out these activities.
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, on the employee’s own time, and at the employee’s personal expense.