Solvay is committed to safeguarding people and the environment by improving its Health, Safety and Environment performances; by making its facilities, processes and technologies secure; and by ensuring chemical product safety and stewardship throughout the supply chain. These efforts are in line with Solvay’s pledge to lessen its environmental impacts starting with the production phase and throughout the entire life cycle of its products.

Solvay’s Responsible Care policy


Solvay monitors that efficient Health, Safety and Environment management systems  are implemented at every Industrial site, and that every Global Business Unit has a Product Safety Management System (PSMS). Site compliance is monitored by compliance audits in line with Solvay requirements, meaning every five years at a minimum. In keeping with Solvay’s policy of having a structured regulatory watch in all sites, the number of sites with a systematic regulatory watch process is reported.

Management approach

The cornerstones of Solvay’s Health, Safety and Environment management - both for industrial operations and for products - are regulatory watch and compliance management, crisis management, and short- and long-term plans to improve management systems.

Industrial sites

Individual manufacturing and Research and Innovation sites implement and control Health, Safety and Environment management systems in compliance with Solvay requirements. The Group requires sites whose management system does not cover the full Health, Safety and Environment scope to address all aspects during their management review. Each industrial site must be audited by either an internal third party or an external third party under contract at least once every five years. All identified risks, improvement areas and compliance gaps must be addressed. Sites set up a dedicated systematic regulatory watch mechanism. Risk-based management applies to all aspects: health monitoring, industrial hygiene, occupational safety, process safety, environment, and product safety.


Every Global Business Unit must have a Product Stewardship management system in line with Group requirements ensuring that Health, Safety, Environment, legal and regulatory framework, supply chain, and commercial risks associated with a product’s manufacture, distribution, and sale are identified, prioritized, reviewed and managed. In addition to compliance management, crisis management, and continuous improvement, these management systems must also encompass:

  • Product safety knowledge management (composition and hazard information, intended uses and exposure, risk assessment, value chain communication, and change management);
  • Systematic assessment of safer alternatives for hazardous substances of concern and promotion of their substitution when possible.


Management systems in sites

Health, Safety and Environment management systems in industrial and Research and Innovation sites



externally certified




Environment: Solvay Care Management System (SCMS), ACC RCMS (Responsible Care management system), RC 14001 (Responsible Care 14001), ISO14001 management system, Mexico Responsible Care Program by ANIQ, Brazil Responsible Care Program by Abiquim, EMAS management system

Health and Safety: OHSAS 18001 management system, ISO 45001 for Occupational Health and Safety, OSHA VPP management system, China Occupational Safety and Health management system (GB/T 33000-2016)

Out of 150 manufacturing and Research and Innovation sites with > 10 persons under Solvay’s operational control:





Percentage with management system for Health, Safety, or Environment in line with Group requirements (*)





Percentage with management systems encompassing Environment management





Percentage with management systems encompassing Health and Safety management





142 sites have a management system in line with Group requirements out of 150 total sites in the scope (i.e. excluding sites with fewer than 10 persons or sites not under Solvay’s operational control). Amongst the sites not yet in line with Group requirements are a series of recently acquired sites.

Product Safety Management Systems (PSMS) in Global Business Units

In %



Global Business Units with PSMS in line with Group requirements (according to 2018 reassessment)



All Global Business Units carry out self-assessment of their Product Safety Management systems, paying particular attention to level 1 Group criteria for such systems, which encompass the regulatory compliance element, and updating them periodically. 82% of the Global Business Units (9 out of 11) re-assessed the alignment of their PSMS with Group requirements in 2018. Newly integrated businesses are progressively deploying their PSMS.


Audits and regulatory watch for industrial sites

% of sites



Scope: all manufacturing sites under operational control.

Sites with a compliance audit in the last 5 years



Sites with regulatory watch process in place at the site level in line with Group requirements



Operations: 122 sites have installed a systematic process for Health, Safety and Environment regulatory watch in line with Group requirements. This is done via third parties or using internal resources so that every site is aware of new regulations ahead of time. Sites equipped with such a system regularly receive alerts and updates on new regulatory requirements from their service provider based on the site’s profile.

Products: no fines or non-compliance were reported to Corporate in 2018 for products on the market.