The following details relate to all business operations of the Sika Group, including the activities of the newly acquired companies, and focus on the core themes of energy, water/waste, occupational safety, and CO2 emissions at the more than 180 Sika production sites.
Sika is continually improving its environmental protection andsafety performance through its routine investment planningand maintenance activities. In 2015 Sika once again spent CHF 6.2 million on technical equipment to prevent accidents and illness. This corresponds to roughly 4% of total investments in technical equipment of roughly CHF 140 million. Sika also implemented numerous further health, safety, environment and sustainability measures. Expenditures in these areas came to CHF 22 million (previous year: CHF 23.1 million). The total worldwide headcount in this field runs to over 100. Sika employs environment, safety and sustainability specialists at all its major sites.
Global megatrends, such as energy and raw materials shortages, urbanization and population growth, are confronting companies and communities with major economic, social and ecological challenges.
CO2 is a consequence of fossil energy consumption, and can only be limited within Sika by increasing energy efficiency. This is why Sika controls its CO2 emissions via its energy target and has not set a specific reduction target at Group level.
Sika aims to boost the sustainability performance of its production sites by reducing water consumption and treating water locally.
Efficient use of input materials is extremely important to all Sika companies as production processes are material-intensive, using high volumes of nonrenewable resources. Efficient production in this context means reducing and reusing production scrap, reducing and reusing packaging materials and improving packaging design, leading to higher productivity and lower material use.
The health, safety and wellbeing of all Sika employees are essential to the success of its business and are core concerns throughout the organization.
The values from the 2014 Annual Report have been retroactively adjusted in line with renewed availability and factored into the calculation of the key figures.