Archroma-Sustainability-Report-FY2018 - Page 9



OUR COMPANY
MESSAGE FROM ALEXANDER WESSELS
ABOUT THE REPORT
It's our nature.
•This report covers the Archroma’s 4th financial year (FY2018), from 1st
October 2017 to 30th September 2018.
With public awareness finally arising about global warming, climate change,
and the social, health and ecological impacts of human and business activities,
it is simply not possible to do "business as usual" as we used to call it in the past.
•The report covers Archroma’s sustainability approach and strategy,
summarizing the sustainability performance and associated activities.
•The scope of the report covers all wholly owned subsidiaries and any joint
ventures where we have a majority shareholding and significant influence
on operations.
The need for transparency and traceability in supply networks has become
critical if improvements are to be made by all of us in our value chains. We
therefore actively engage with our relevant stakeholders in order to support
and progress initiatives that are bringing concrete and ambitious solutions and
innovations in this area. We feel that only through active positive participation
will we be able to bring about measurable change.
•The data and Information for this report come from Archroma’s official
documents both those publicly available and internal reports.
•This report has been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting
Initiative (GRI) Referenced Standards: Core option.
At Archroma, we believe that we can make our industry sustainable, and we
keep on challenging the status quo - and ourselves - to do just that. As you will
discover in this sustainability report for our financial year FY 2018, we strive on
creating every day, everywhere essential contributions aimed at making the
value chain more sustainable in the industries we serve.
That is why, for instance, we introduced a completely new way of operating and
serving our customers. We call it The Archroma Way: safe, efficient, enhanced,
it's our nature. In FY2018 we therefore started to serve our markets with
innovations and solution systems developed along these principles of safety,
efficiency and enhanced value, focused on natural resources reduction thereby
decreasing our customers' environmental "footprint".
OVERVIEW
Similarly, we launched in FY2018 our new Denisol¨ Pure Indigo, a breakthrough
indigo dyestuff that is free of aniline, a substance locked into the indigo pigment
during the dyeing process classified as category 1 acute aquatic hazard and
potentially toxic for workers in the denim industry. The substance is therefore
starting to feature on the restricted substance lists (RSL) of some major clothing
brands and retailers.
Archroma is a global color and specialty chemicals company headquartered in Reinach near Basel, Switzerland.
It operates with approximately 2 900 employees over 35 countries and with 25 production sites. Archroma
innovates, creates, manufactures and sells specialty chemicals to 101 countries and is split into three core
business units – Brand & Performance Textile Specialties (BPT), Packaging & Paper Specialties (PP), and Coatings,
Adhesives & Sealants (CAS) – to deliver specialized performance and color solutions to meet customers’ needs in
their local markets, touching and coloring people’s lives every day, everywhere.
We also decided to prepare this sustainability report of Archroma in accordance
with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Referenced Standards: Core option.
In order to initiate this style of reporting, many of the disclosures, baseline
measurement and targets have been set. Future reporting will indicate our
progression towards these targets and additional disclosures as they become
available.
Archroma is passionate about delivering leading and innovative solutions, enhancing people’s lives and respecting
the planet. The company is committed to challenging the status quo in the deep belief that it can make its
industry sustainable; an approach reflected in its innovations, world class quality standards, high service levels
and cost-efficiency.
You will therefore be able to discover throughout the following pages all
Archroma's efforts and initiatives to drive sustainability into our industries, from
our own specialty chemicals manufacturing operations, the technologies that
we develop and that allow positive impacts for our customers and for the final
consumers.
Yours sincerely,
Alexander
Wessels
CEO
We hope that the following report will give you an insight into what we do, how
we do it and, more importantly, why we do: because after all, it's our nature!
(October 2013
to December 2019)
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