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Toward sustainable investing - ESG information

Solvay is committed to achieving strong performance on both financial and extra-financial indexes, and to earning and retaining the trust and support of all its stakeholders.

Investors are looking for companies with good ESG scores

Investors increasingly challenge the chemicals industry to re-invent its sustainability agenda with higher environmental, social, and governance (ESG) expectations. The shift toward ethical investing reflects the growing importance to incorporate ESG data into a company’s strategy to create long-term shareholder value.

Discover our tools, programs and methodologies

We at Solvay have always believed that business growth and sustainability aspects were intrinsically linked. To enable proper ESG data reporting, we have developed robust tools and processes rolled out since the first announcement of our initial sustainability goals in 2012, to support our commitment to sustainability.

Solvay bases its sustainability priorities on a materiality analysis. This approach identifies critical economic, environmental and social aspects that may influence the Group’s performance and/or have a substantial impact on stakeholders’ decisions.

The analysis is performed and updated each year using the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) materiality approach.

Materiality table*
CategoryModerate materialityHigh materiality and Priorities
  • Customer privacy
  • Data security
  • Selling practices and product labeling
  • Risk management
  • Management of the legal, ethics and regulatory framework
  • Physical impacts of climate change
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Energy
  • Biodiversity
  • Supply chain and procurement
  • Materials sourcing and efficiency
  • Product design & lifecycle management
  • Air quality
  • Water and wastewater
  • Waste
Better life
  • Recruitment, development and retention
  • Product quality
  • Access & affordability
  • Employee health and safety
  • Employee engagement and well-being
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Customer welfare
  • Corporate citizenship
  • Hazardous materials
  • Critical incident risk management

Solvay uses two external references for its materiality analysis:
- Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for the materiality analysis process;
- Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) for the list of aspects and for prioritization criteria.

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Solvay’s Sustainable Portfolio Management (SPM) focuses on sustainable business solutions. The SPM methodology is designed to boost Solvay’s business performance and deliver higher growth by letting decision-makers know how Solvay’s products contribute to ESG.

As of 2013, Solvay publishes reports on Sustainable Development, in accordance with the core Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines.

Since 2016, Solvay’s Annual Integrated Reports illustrate our approach to integrated thinking and reporting, based on the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) principles and elements of content.

Access our CSR reports and annual integrated reports

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Get a quick overview of Solvay ESG approach in the Annual report and access all financial and extra financial data.

Independent ratings of our performance*




A- climate rating


 70% (TOP 6%) 




C+ (6th/48)

*Ratings were confirmed within the previous Solvay scope prior to the spin off of Syensqo

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