Our approach towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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.

At our level, through our sustainability plan Solvay One Planet, we focus on 10 measurable commitments in three key focus areas: climate, resources and better life. Which have a big positive impact, directly and indirectly, in line with the ambition and requirements of the UN Sustainable development goals (SDGs).

We need to go beyond creating value, and start creating purpose (and THUS create value). Keep constant awareness of our impact on climate, on our resources, and also on people. At Solvay, we have been living our Purpose through our ambitious Solvay One Planet program.

Ilham Kadri
CEO Solvay
SDG 3 Good Health and well-being

Solvay has a long tradition of improving its employee’s quality of life by ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

SDG 4 Quality Education

We believe in the crucial role of scientific education. It’s crucial to get children enthusiastic about science today in order to have great researchers tomorrow. 

SDG 5 Gender Quality

Committed to accelerating diversity and gender equality within our organization, we are targeting gender parity for mid-and senior-level management by 2035.

SDG 6 Clean water

By augmenting our water efficiency and recycling initiatives we want to contribute to the preservation of these scarce resources and counter the negative impact on freshwater.

SDG 7 Affordable and clean energy

Encouraging  universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services wherever renewable alternatives exist. 

SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth

We are engage to protect labor rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers.

SDG 10 Reduced inegualities

We ensure a minimum level of social benefits extended to all Solvay employees, wherever they are.

SDG 12 Responsible consumption and production

We support and embed circular business to set up sustainable modes of consumption and production.

SDG 13 Climate Action

Reducing the environmental footprint of our operations at planetary scale to protect climate and biodiversity. 

SDG 14 Life below water

We are targeting a diminution of our impact on freshwater withdrawal and a better management and protection of all marine life around the world.

SDG 15 Life on land

Foster the protection and restoration terrestrial ecosystems such as soils, forests, wetlands, arid areas, and mountains.

SDG 17 Partnerships for the goals

Embrace a change of mindset for sustainable development by involving global partnerships. We need to reinvent - and we must do so together.

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