Throughout our 155-year history, we have always been driven by the strong belief that our role as a responsible chemist is to contribute to Creating More Future for our customers, for our people, and for society through innovative solutions and technologies. At Solvay, we believe that new technologies only count as progress if they are useful to each and every one of us.

Our people are the drivers of our transformation; their understanding of our environment allows us to anticipate and address our customers’ needs. We recognize their talent, we empower them, and we help them thrive and develop. We pioneered employee welfare 155 years ago and are still perpetuating this heritage today, giving industrial relations a strategic role and implementing innovative social policies.

Our stakeholders speak - Employees

The ambition that defines Solvay is Creating More Future. Not only does this encapsulate what we strive to provide for our employees and our customers, it also expresses our humanist vision of science. Chemistry is the core of all industries and technologies, and we use innovation in chemistry to provide society with solutions for the future, addressing the issues of tomorrow.

Solvay is characterized by a passion for innovation, which we have inherited directly from our founder, Ernest Solvay. We believe in constantly pushing the boundaries of science and technology so we can contribute to shaping the future. Our commitment to innovation goes further still, shaping our approach to processes, business models, industrial relations, and much more.

Fostering human progress

The third Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize was awarded to Professor Susumu Kitagawa of Kyoto University in November 2017 for his outstanding research in molecular architecture: gas-capturing cages which could help fight climate change.

The award of the Solvay Prize to Professor Kitagawa fits perfectly with its vocation of “fostering human progress”, as established when it was created in 2013 to perpetuate the strong support for scientific research given by the founder of the Group, Ernest Solvay. Since then, every two years, a €300,000 prize aims to distinguish a major scientific discovery that “lays the foundation for the Chemistry for the Future”. The previous laureate, Professor Ben Feringa, subsequently won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2016 for his groundbreaking work on molecular motors.

Professor Susumu Kitagawa,
Laureate 2017 “Chemistry for the future Solvay Prize”

More Future workshops

To spread our ambition and sustainability commitments among employees and make them a more important part of people’s work practices, an internal onboarding campaign ran throughout 2017 in all countries. More than 16,000 employees participated in workshops designed to explain the Group’s sustainable development objectives and to embark everyone. Teams at every site were asked to make concrete suggestions for improvements that would help their facilities contribute to meeting the Group’s targets for safety at work, carbon intensity, providing sustainable solutions for our customers, employee engagement, and their involvement in societal actions.


Employees trained worldwide