The health, safety, and wellbeing of all Sika employees, contractors and visitors is of paramount importance for Sika. The company is committed to improving its safety performance as part of the Sika Strategy 2023. In order to achieve the targets of a 50% reduction in accidents and zero fatalities by 2023, Sika has established the Sika Vision Zero Programme. In order to set a standard baseline for Sika, one of the first measures of the Vision Zero programme has been the definition and communication of mandatory minimum safety requirements and Sika Life Saving Rules for each Sika company. They cover employees, but also contractors and visitors.
Apart from raw materials, energy is the main resource input for Sika’s operations and thus a highly relevant factor. Therefore, the efficient use of energy is highly important for the company to develop sustainably.
Due to the numerous initiatives put in place across the Sika world, energy consumption per ton sold has further decreased in 2020. Reduction of production timescales and higher efficiency of compressed air equipment are some of the key measures set up to reduce energy consumption.
The introduction of renewable energy sources is highly important for the company to develop sustainably. To support this all of the electricity supplied to our Welwyn Garden City, Preston and Leeds sites have been obtained from 100% renewable sources. We have also installed a solar array at our site in Leeds.
Sika aims to run business in a responsible way to mitigate climate change and its impacts. CO2 emissions are a consequence of energy consumption and can be limited by increasing energy efficiency and improving energy mix.
Water is a crucial input factor for Sika’s production but is also a resource that must be managed to meet current and future society needs. Sika takes measures to use water economically by reducing consumption, treating water or using lower-grade water qualities when possible, especially in geographies with water scarcity. The company, which strives to increase water efficiency, has implemented several efficiency projects to introduce closed-loop cooling and set itself the target of reducing water consumption by 3% per ton of product sold and year.
Efficient use of input materials is key for all Sika companies. Sika's production facilities use resources such as sand, cement, fillers, organic raw materials, packaging and transportation materials. The impact of input materials makes their efficient use and re-use a mandatory element. Efficient production means reducing waste at source, re-using production scrap and packaging materials as well as improving packaging design.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Sika’s sustainability strategy is closely linked to the corporate strategy and encompasses six targets that cover the economic, environmental and social dimensions. Included among the tactics employed to globally implement the sustainability strategy were the “More Value – Less Impact” campaign, and the introduction at a local level of the target and reporting system in line with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards.
EcoVadis CSR Rating
Sika has been awarded a Gold medal as a recognition of their EcoVadis CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Rating. The assessment focuses on 21 issues, which are grouped into 4 themes: Environment (ENV), Labour Practices & Human Rights (LAB), Fair Business Practices (FBP), and Sustainable Procurement (SUP).