Sustainable Development Goals, the base of our Sustainability Strategy

Our Sustainability Strategy helps us to achieve the United Nations' Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) establish global objectives for sustainable development to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for everyone. Companies are called to action as well.

We respond to this call by identifying priority SDGs where we can contribute the most

We understand SDGs to be an opportunity for global improvement, collective innovation and collaboration with our stakeholders throughout the value chain.

KEY SDGs FOR ELIX POLYMERS

To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for people of all ages: minimising the negative health effects associated with our products.

To guarantee access to water and sanitation for all: innovative solutions for the distribution, management and efficiency of water.

To promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, decent employment and work for all. Safe production and management of chemical products and the application of labour regulations.

To guarantee sustainable consumption and production models: to help improve the quality and efficiency of production processes in all industries.

To take urgent measures in order to combat climate change and its impacts: to create resilience and the capacity for adaption within the sector and its supply chain.

SDGs RELEVANT TO ELIX POLYMERS AND THE INDUSTRY

To support the participation, contribution and success of women throughout the entire industry.

To guarantee accessible, safe, sustainable and modern energy for production, to promote the storage of renewable energy and the development of infrastructures for these purposes.

To construct resilient infrastructures, to promote sustainable industrialisation, fostering innovation and resiliency. To establish frameworks which promote industrial symbiosis.

To conserve and use sea resources and their ecosystems in a sustainable way. To establish collaborations throughout the value chain which reduce all types of sea contamination.

To improve operational management and expand our support of projects to stop environmental degradation and protect the most vulnerable ecosystems.

ELIX Polymers 2030 Sustainability Strategy

To improve the global sustainability of our company and reduce our potential impact, in 2020 we defined the ELIX Polymers sustainability Strategy for the long-term.

Our sustainability strategy responds to the four major goals that make up ELIX Polymers' sustainable vision through four core strategies and their corresponding operational goals.

OUR SUSTAINABLE VISION

ADOPT ETHICAL VALUES

BE A DRIVING FORCE IN THE TRANSITION TOWARDS A CIRCULAR ECONOMY

REDUCE OUR ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT TO THE MINIMUM

CONTINUE DEVELOPING OUR HUMAN CAPITAL

Our strategy influences our entire value chain, from the extraction of raw materials to the end consumer, with special attention focused on our local environment.

CORE STRATEGIES

/ OPERATIONAL GOALS

CS1. PROMOTE A CIRCULAR PLASTICS ECONOMY SYSTEM

KEY SDGs: 12, 6, 13, 17

  • Promote circularity as part of a new plastics economy, promoting the recuperation of plastic waste as raw material and integrating renewable sources.
  • Improve our energy efficiency and water consumption.

CS2. WORK FIRMLY TOWARDS THE ADAPTATION TO AND MITIGATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE

KEY SDGs: 3, 13, 17

  • Reduce our GHG emissions by 15% (compared to 2017) in order to strengthen and expand ELIX's climate change mitigation programmes.
  • Analyse risks of climate change to ELIX and its business.

CS3. ENSURE AN ETHICAL BUSINESS MODEL AND A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO THE SOCIAL WELL-BEING OF PEOPLE THROUGHOUT OUR VALUE CHAIN

KEY SDGs: 3, 8, 17

  • Contribute to the creation of a positive social impact, reducing social inequalities throughout the value chain and retaining talent.
  • Satisfy social demands for transparency, ethics and good governance as a way of improving our reputation and that of the chemical industry
  • Promote an inclusive business model

CS4. CONTRIBUTE TO THE REDUCTION OF BIODIVERSITY LOSS

KEY SDGs: 12

  • Reinforce responsible innovation as a way of offering more sustainable solutions which reduce the consumption of raw materials and highly concerning substances.
  • Restore biodiversity loss.

ELIX Polymers sustainability action Plan 2020-2025

To fully deploy our plan, we've established seven programmes that make up the first ELIX Polymers sustainability action Plan 2020-2025, with the aim of achieving our core strategies and their operational goals.

For each of the action Plan's seven programmes. we've set one or more aspirational goals, as well as our own goals and their corresponding courses of action.

CIRCULAR PLASTICS

In a circular economy, waste is a resource and collaboration is a medium. Through strategies for the recuperation of ABS or other subproducts, the increasing of recirculation, and the establishment of partnerships throughout our value chain, at ELIX Polymers we want to become a key agent in the circular plastics industry, capable of creating closed cycles and new business models.

Aspirational goals

  • Ensure that 25% of the products in our catalogue of solutions offer a sustainable advantage* by 2025

* What do we mean by sustainable advantage? We mean that we incorporate a higher content of mechanically/chemically recycled and/or renewable materials into our products or that we reduce our intensity of material use and therefore, improve our environmental footprint.

RESPONSIBLE INNOVATION

At ELIX Polymers we will continue developing a more sustainable product portfolio in accordance with high industry demands. We will increase the amount of recycled materials in our products and their recyclability, as well as reduce the amount of substances that are cause for concern.

Aspirational goals

  • Ensure that 100% of our products are recyclable and do not not contain any highly concerning substances.
  • Invest in R+D and technology through the establishment of projects to improve circularity and sustainable products.

CARING ABOUT CLIMATE

At ELIX Polymers we are taking a step forward in our commitment to climate change, exploiting the potential of our energy efficiency and waste management programmes already in place, and adopting renewable energy technologies and circular economy and carbon compensation strategies to reduce our GHG emissions by at least 15% from 2017 to 2025. We will also evaluate our main risks associated with climate change in order to avoid economic loss and major disruptions.

Aspirational goals

  • Reduce our environmental footprint by 15% (CO2 and freshwater).
  • Eliminate resin pellet loss in our operations.
  • Reduce our vulnerability to climate change.

SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN

ELIX Polymers' business has social and environmental impacts on the whole supply chain. For this reason, we will develop a sustainable procurement policy which will take into account violations of human rights as well as social and environmental impacts throughout the supply chain.

Aspirational goal

  • Evaluate 80% of our suppliers* based on their social and environmental performance by 2025.
*This goal refers to suppliers with a recurrent expenditure of more than 250 K€.

PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT

Predictions for the future point to a lack of young, qualified job candidates, a growing demand for companies with a positive impact, and gender equality. At ELIX Polymers we continue striving to offer our employees decent work and life conditions. To achieve this, we will reinforce training, continuous education and awareness as a means of attracting young people and talented women.

Aspirational goals

  • Generate a safe workplace and an environment that promotes well-being.
  • Achieve a high score of collaborator satisfaction.
  • Eliminate the salary gap between men and women in the same position
  • Increase the presence of women in operational and management areas.

GOVERNANCE AND ETHICS

Business ethics and transparency are becoming a demand worldwide and the chemical industry in general suffers from a bad reputation. At ELIX Polymers we will develop a corporate framework based on equity, a code of ethics and a commitment to our employees and local community.

Aspirational goal

  • Develop and communicate our code of ethics.

SUPPORT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

Businesses with a positive impact have a better reputation and are more attractive to work for. Expectations are that a company's positive impact will go beyond the actual company to include neighbouring communities and ultimately the entire value chain. At ELIX Polymers, we will work to reduce salary inequality, guarantee good health and restore local ecosystems to become an inclusive business, and as such, contribute to society as a whole.

Aspirational goal

  • Be known for our positive contribution to local communities and ecosystems.

Strategic enablers

These are programmes that contribute in a cross-sectional way to the achievement of our business goals and sustainability goals, with a multi-layered integration into the whole company.

DIGITALISATION

Use digitalisation as a support programme

Goals

  • Use digital technology to achieve transparency and traceability
  • Strengthen circular economy using digital technologies.
  • Improve efficiency in operations and logistics.

COMMUNICATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Ensure ELIX Polymers' good reputation through communication

Goals

  • Establish and communicate clear commitments to environmental protection and carbon neutrality
  • Explain ELIX Polymers' positive impact and actions to partners, customers and all interested parties.
  • Attract sustainable financing.

DIGICOM

ELIX has embarked upon the path of digitalisation, which we see as an opportunity and a means to advance in the maturity of our processes and operations.

With our project DIGICOM we hope to achieve better traceability and transparency, bring value to our customers and establish collaborative relationships with our suppliers.

We approach digitialisation from a holistic standpoint, meaning that it will span across the whole company, involving people, technology, organisation and processes, and will be applied in different ways throughout the value chain, from suppliers to the end customer. What came about as a result of this work:

ROADMAP

Plans and prioritises technological projects to be carried out annually in different departments.

DIGITALISATION COMMITTEE

Oversees the roadmap and established objectives, and disseminates the project throughout the company.

DIGICOM TEAM

Works to ensure that technology presents opportunities for all departments and looks for synergies between these.

MEDUSA TEAM

In charge of supporting a solid architecture for the company’s internal data.

Diagrama

Digitalisation will allow us to:

  • Provide more integrated and visible customer service, focused on tailor-made solutions.
  • Migrate towards more strategic relationships with suppliers based on partnerships.
  • Optimise the process of logistical monitoring and follow-ups.
  • Obtain an integrated and monitored manufacturing model using analytics.
  • Improve our exploitation of internally generated data.
  • Digitalise human resource management.
  • Improve the transparency of the whole organization.
COMMUNICATION CHANNELS

EMPLOYEES

Corporate intranet and email, employee website, monthly newsletter ELIX Actualidad, corporate memos, bulletin boards, internal participatory platforms, information panels, audiovisual materials, social media, area meetings, training sessions, environment survey.

CUSTOMERS

Corporate website, digital newsletters and corporate catalogues, digital technical newsletters, social media, international trade fairs, events, press releases, articles, advertisements, audiovisual materials, technical and sales visits to customers, visits to the Tarragona plant, annual customer survey.

SHAREHOLDERS

Weekly, monthly and yearly corporate reports, sustainability report, strategic meetings.

CONTRACTORS
(On-site in ELIX facilities)

Operational email memos, meetings, communication boards, information panels, internal events, training sessions.

SUPPLIERS

Digital newsletter, email, meetings, Supplier of the Year award.

INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS

Participation in committees and specific technical-themed days, courses, email, meetings.

LOCAL COMMUNITY

Sponsorship of sports, cultural and solidarity projects, participation in social initiatives, local publications and press releases, meetings, events, social media.

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Periodic contact through formal notifications, bulletins published by administrative agencies, face-to-face meetings, email, telephone.

EMPLOYEES' FAMILIES

ELIX Familiar magazine, annual dinner for employees, social media.

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Partnerships

Form part of different national and international initiatives for the promotion of business sustainability.

Responsible Care

In 2008 we became members of Responsible Care, a global voluntary initiative for sustainable operations in the chemical industry, which implicates us in the continuous improvement of safety, health and environmental protection in all of our operations. In 2019 we renewed our membership in this programme.

icc

This is a non-governmental organization with members in more than 130 countries and more than 80 years of experience as an international institution representing different business sectors. It works to promote business throughout the world and investments based on free market values. ICC developed the Business Charter for Sustainable Development, which defines principles for promoting environmental management.

ecovadis

EcoVadis is an independent rating agency specialised in sustainable development and performance tracking, and provides supplier sustainability scores for global supply chains.

united nations

We have renewed our membership in the United Nations Global Compact, which provides us with a practical framework for business sustainability and makes accessible management tools and resources that help implement a sustainable business and development model.

Programa de Acuerdos voluntarios

Through the Volunteer Agreement Program promoted by the Catalan Climate Change Office (OCCC), we set annual goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and demonstrate our concern about climate change and our commitment to mitigating it.

Operation Clean Sweep

Operation Clean Sweep - Zero Pellets Loss is an international initiative to minimise loss of resin pellets and microplastics, this way avoiding their entry into rivers and oceans. Participating in this project obligates us to increase our operational precautions to avoid the dispersal of resin pellets and microplastics into the environment.

Commitments and management system certifications in priority areas of the organization

COMMITMENT

CERTIFICATIONS

WE'VE RENEWED OUR GOLD LEVEL ECOVADIS CERTIFICATE

GOLD certification is the highest level currently granted by EcoVadis. This rating positions us among 2 % of the highest rated companies and confirms our investment in sustainable growth. The areas we excelled in were:

  • Improvement and commitment to the environment.
  • The implementation of good labour practises, the defence of human rights and the continuous training of our collaborators.
  • The use of internal mechanisms to comply with business ethics and the prevention of corruption.
  • Sustainable purchases based on the evaluation of suppliers and products.

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