Addressing Societal Needs

Clariant actively contributes to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations member states in 2015. These 17 goals marked a milestone on the global path to a more sustainable future, and they present a strong business opportunity for the company.

1. Tapping into market potential

There is a growing understanding among businesses that the SDGs have the potential to unleash innovation and growth. This potential was captured by the Business & Sustainable Development Commission’s »Better Business, Better World« report, which outlined USD 12 trillion of additional market value that could be unlocked by 2030 if the SDGs are achieved.

The goals provide a global framework to translate the most pressing societal and environmental needs into a common language and a defined set of actions for all . Clariant is committed to delivering on this ambitious and transformative agenda with its innovative and sustainable products and services, sound environmental management, and by respecting human rights in its operations and supply chain.

2. Evaluating and prioritizing impact on the SDGs

Clariant’s priority Sustainable Development Goals

Clariant’s priority Sustainable Development Goals (icons)

In 2019, Clariant further evaluated its business activities in relation to the SDGs — including the underlying 169 targets and the corresponding indicators — by reviewing the positive and negative impacts of its products and services, operations, , corporate citizenship activities, and collaborations.

The analysis was done centrally by Corporate Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, and the outcome was reviewed and validated by Clariant’s Business Units, Group Technology & Innovation, and Corporate Planning & Strategy.

While Clariant contributes to all 17 SDGs in varying degrees, five priority SDGs were identified:

  • SDG 3 »Good Health and Well-being« and SDG 12 »Responsible Consumption and Production«
  • SDG 7 »Affordable and Clean Energy« and SDG 13 »Climate Action«
  • SDG 9 »Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure«

The five goals are clustered in three groups because SDGs 3 and 12 and SDGs 7 and 13 cannot be seen in isolation in relation to their relevance for Clariant. In addition, certain Business Units also contribute to SDG 2 »Zero Hunger,« SDG 6 »Clean Water and Sanitation,« and SDG 15 »Life on Land.«

3. Addressing the SDGs in practice

Clariant’s strategy execution will result in positive progress toward the SDGs. For example, Clariant has set clear 2025 environmental targets for its operations that drive toward continuous improvements in energy reduction, climate action, and responsible consumption and production. These targets support SDG 7 »Affordable and Clean Energy,« SDG 13 »Climate Action,« and SDG 12 »Responsible Consumption and Production.« Read more in


Click on the colored SDGs to see examples of Clariant's contribution

Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals 

Sustainable Development

The company also helps its markets and customers advance sustainability with its EcoTain® products and the Portfolio Value Program. With its strong product stewardship and innovation capabilities, Clariant continuously develops products and solutions that support the sound management of chemicals and waste, reduce resource consumption, and improve production efficiency. Through these efforts, Clariant supports SDG 12 »Responsible Consumption and Production.« Read more in Clariant’s sunliquid® technology directly supports SDG 7 »Affordable and Clean Energy« and SDG 13 »Climate Action.« Read more in

Clariant’s contribution to the SDGs is further illustrated with practical examples throughout the Integrated Report. The company’s holistic approach to risk management, its high-performing , and its natural clay bentonite all address SDG 9 »Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure« and SDG 12 »Responsible Consumption and Production.« Read more in , and With its EcoCircle initiative, which tackles the plastic waste problem, Clariant supports SDG 12 »Responsible Consumption and Production« and links to SDG 17 »Partnerships.« Read more in By developing new business in the biotechnology and biofuel sector, the company contributes to SDG 12 »Responsible Consumption and Production.« Read more in In addition, its natural active ingredients support SDG 3 »Good Health and Well-being« and are linked to SDG 15 »Life on Land.« Read more in By making the delivery of materials safer, Clariant tackles SDG 3 »Good Health and Well-being« and SDG 9 »Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure.« Read more in The company also contributes to SDG 8 »Decent Work and Economic Growth« and SDG 9 »Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure« by providing fair working conditions and continuous learning opportunities, by upholding growth and profitability, and by investing in digitalization. Read more in and


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