Product stewardship, social & ethical matters

  • Corporate responsibility framework

    The Company has since September 2009 been a member of the FTSE4Good Index, a leading global responsible investment index, which demonstrates the Company’s commitment to CR and that its activities and aspirations are aligned with the principles of the UN Global Compact on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Below is an illustration of the Company’s CR framework.


  • Product stewardship

    Elementis strives to ensure that its products are safe for intended use, transport and the environment throughout the product life cycle. Our principles and culture are such that each employee takes responsibility to ensure health, safety and environmental protection are a part of their daily personal and commercial activities. We ensure that health, safety, environmental protection and sustainability are an integral part of our products’ life cycle, including development, manufacture, sales, distribution, use, recycle and final disposal by:

    • The identification and evaluation of any significant hazards for each product or family of products at all stages of their life cycle.
    • The characterisation and review of any risks associated with these products or product families in their intended use.
    • The establishment of risk management practices to minimise the potential risks associated with use to people and the environment.
    • Proactively communicating the hazards associated with our products and their proper handling, recycling, use and disposal to employees, customers, distributors and the general public.
    • The application of our product stewardship principles when selecting suppliers, toll manufacturers and distributors. The development of new products and families of products utilising safer, natural and more sustainable ingredients.

    To implement these practices, Elementis relies on a highly experienced global product stewardship team, as well as expert consultants, academics and government authorities. We use up-to-date hazard communications and compliance tools to communicate product safe handling, transport and disposal information to our employees, customers and the general public via technical bulletins, safety data sheets (“SDS”) and labelling. These communications are further enhanced by product safety briefings with our employees, suppliers, distributors and customers. Indeed, each year our global product stewardship team responds to several thousand product safety and compliance questions from our customers, the general public and regulatory authorities.

    Whilst we practice a consistent and coordinated approach to regulatory compliance at state, national, regional and global levels, our internal IT systems are being enhanced to automatically flag when a compliance review is needed. We continue to support efforts, by taking opportunities to work with government authorities, to develop regulations to enhance the protection of society and the environment that are based on established scientific risk assessment and risk management principles. Our goal is to work with industry groups to support regulations that are predictable, flexible and capable of responsibly addressing society’s economic, environmental and safety requirements.

    We continue to actively meet the requirements of new, or revised, chemical control regulations across our global markets. At Elementis we are continually evaluating and improving our product stewardship programme to ensure best practices protection of our employees, customers, society and the environment.

  • Sustainability

  • FTSE4Good

    In September 2009, Elementis was recognised as having met the corporate responsibility criteria for inclusion in the FTSE4Good Index – a leading global responsible investment index. In awarding Elementis membership of the index, FTSE Group confirms that Elementis has been independently assessed according to the FTSE4Good criteria, and has satisfied the requirements to become a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series. Created by the global index company FTSE Group, FTSE4Good is an equity index series that is designed to facilitate investment in companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards. Companies in the FTSE4Good Index Series have met stringent social and environmental criteria, and are positioned to capitalise on the benefits of responsible business practice.