Making a difference to people, planet, and communities
Solvay has always been dedicated to having a positive impact on society. We support people and communities around the world and our commitment includes helping address global societal challenges by investing in education, sustainability, and local community initiatives.
Our philanthropy strategy focuses on having a positive impact on everyone we’re connected to, from our partners, employees and investors to our customers and local communities. An impact that is not just rooted in the power of our solutions but also in our dedication to delivering the best possible service – and to giving back.
Our philanthropy work is centered around three main priorities:
Protecting the planet
We’re committed to enabling a more sustainable future in which everyone can thrive. Our Climate and Better Life pillars incorporate priorities for people, society, and the environment.
Solvay’s environmental roadmap includes achieving carbon neutrality for our scope 1 and scope 2 emissions by 2050. As part of our climate commitments, we’re also aiming to reduce emissions across our value chain (scope 3 emissions) by 20% by 2030 (compared to 2021 and where renewable alternatives exist). Additionally, we’re planning to phase out coal from our operations by 2030 (compared to 2021 and where renewable alternatives exist) – among other commitments.
Our Better Life pillar includes a range of initiatives focused on the health and wellbeing of our employees, from ensuring we pay our entire workforce a living wage and a commitment to company-wide DEI priorities such as achieving gender parity. The Solvay sustainability initiatives are closely aligned with our business objectives, reflecting how we partner with our stakeholders.
We strongly believe that science education has a crucial role to play in helping humanity reinvent progress. To nurture tomorrow’s researchers and scientists, we need to boost children's excitement about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) today. By encouraging STEM studies, we can open the door to the innovations and solutions of the future.
As part of this, we’ve partnered with CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, on a three-year educational program for high school students. We’ve also set up The Foundation Enterprise Institute in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Natural Sciences in Belgium to help raise awareness of and interest in science among young people.
One of the foundation’s initiatives is the XperiLab project – in which a 16-meter-long truck is transformed into a laboratory for a class of 10-14-year-olds. Designed to travel around Belgium, the truck can accommodate up to 27 students for a 90-minute session where they have the opportunity to try the truck’s three laboratories, carrying out scientific experiments.
Additionally, we’re supporting SPARKOH!, a science adventure park near the city of Mons in Belgium. SPARKOH! has the mission to ignite curiosity and get people asking questions about scientific and technology-related topics.
It’s our aim to have a positive impact on society at large, on the regions where we have a presence, and on the local communities where we’re based. We deliver this impact through our technologies, solutions, and innovations – drawing on our history of giving and our spirit of operating in service of the greater good.
Our community impact work is global and includes supporting teacher training programs and organizing clothing drives in Brazil, as well as producing 7,000 face masks for residents of the São Paulo Heliópolis favela community during COVID-19.
Other initiatives include supporting schools in Bad Wimpfen, Germany with classroom learning materials, lab projects and other resources; helping educate children in Bulgaria about the importance of seatbelts; and participating in tree planting in Australia.