In 2015, the United Nations established a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Each of these 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) includes specific targets to be achieved by 2030. Achieving the SDGs requires efforts by governments, the private sector, civil society, communities, and individuals.

Nine leading chemical companies, including Solvay, and two industry associations formed a dedicated working group, convened by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The group took a leadership role in piloting and refining the three-step framework described in WBCSD’s SDG Sector Roadmap Guidelines.

In the context of this exercise, Solvay identified seven SDGs where the Group can have a material impact, positive or negative. The Group then integrated these seven SDGs into its materiality analysis as the official agenda of the “Planet” (Governments and NGOs) stakeholder group.

The SDGs relevant to Solvay confirmed the priorities the Group had already identified through its materiality analysis. Each topic is developed in the corresponding section of the Annual Integrated Report.

SDG 3: Employee health and safety
Waste and hazardous materials

SDG 7: Energy
The majority of Solvay’s greenhouse gas emissions come from energy.

SDG 8: Employee engagement and well-being

SDG 12: Sustainable Business Solutions

SDG 4 and SDG 17: Societal actions
Solvay’s corporate philanthropy is directed principally to educational, scientific and humanitarian endeavors around the globe. Partnerships are key to accelerating sustainable development and advancing the SDGs.

SDG 13: Greenhouse gas emissions

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