Clariant is a chemical company with a long-standing history and some of its production sites are more than a hundred years old. New locations were chosen because of the required infrastructure in existing industrial settlements. For these reasons, Clariant’s properties for plants and office buildings are located today almost exclusively in industrial parks or appropriate commercial districts. Because of these targeted locations, animal and plant species included on the Red List of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) and on national protection lists are not visibly affected by Clariant’s business activities.
In areas recultivated by Clariant following bentonite extraction (such as Southern Bavaria), certain types of animals that are on the Red List of Threatened Species have been repopulated.
With regard to plants located next to rivers, Clariant has laid down strict environmental regulations so that its activities have no registerable impact on the surrounding flora and fauna. The waste water produced by Clariant in the year under review had no measurable impact on biodiversity. Clariant mostly operates plants in integrated industrial sites without sensitive adjacent areas.