Contributing to the UN SDGs
We at Croda are committed to have positive impact on the UN SDGs through our sustainable business strategy and the four UN SDGs displayed below demonstrate our current contribution and our ambition to make a positive difference by 2030.
Sustainability is at the heart of our business
How we help to decarbonise the value chain
The use of our ingredients helps to decarbonise the value chain. Did you know that one of the key contributors is our leading slip additive, Crodamide ER, offers 1 kg of Carbon Footprint reduction for every kilogram of it that is consumed?
Our unique back integration into primary raw material feedstocks for our Crodamide products secures supply, quality control and traceability. We have set up supplier programs to maximise yield and minimise land utilisation. Over the last 10 years we have increased crop yield by 26% and increased the erucic content of the crop as well and therefore we have minimised the land usage to produce the same amount of product.
In 2020 we introduced our ECO Range of 100% bio-based non-ionic surfactants. Offering a combination of high-performance surfactants with a lower carbon footprint.
SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
In our Climate Positive strategy, we have the ambition to grow our bio-based raw material global portfolio to at least 75% and we will also investigate the benefit of using recycled ingredients.
Our global portfolio of performance additives, building blocks and surfactants is >63% based on bio-based raw materials and offers the pathway to lower the carbon footprint in the value chain.
SDG 13: Climate action
Our product innovation will focus on reducing the carbon footprint of our products and their use. The use of our ingredients will avoid at least four times the carbon emissions associated with our business.
Our Priplast polyester polyols reduce automotive emission through superior adhesive performance to bond multi-substrate lightweight materials. This results in 1 kiloton of CO2 savings per ton material used.
The bio-based portfolio of Crodamide slip and IncroMold mould release additives reduce processing friction which has a positive impact on energy consumption and process speed.
SDG 15: Life on land
As a company, Croda sources many of its ingredients from agricultural crops. By 2030, the land saved through the improved yields and crop resilience of our new agricultural ingredients and technologies will exceed that used to grow our raw materials. Croda will protect biodiversity and ensure food security.
Our main bio-based feedstock, rapeseed, is an essential crop in rotational agriculture. Planting on land 1 year in 4 returns nutrients back into the land and also prevents crop disease and aids weed control. As such we contribute to the efficiency of human food crop production.
The collaborations with external certification organisations are vital to create transparency in the value chain. Croda achieved the Ecovadis gold ranking for the 6th consecutive year in 2020 and is placed within the top 1% of chemical companies assessed by Ecovadis. In 2019 Croda successfully completed a Together for Sustainability audit at the manufacturing site Gouda, the Netherlands.
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
We strongly believe that to be successful in this transition we must collaborate throughout the value chain through smart partnering. We partner with universities, customers, and partners along the value chain to develop sustainable and circular solutions to reduce our footprint for future generations:
- We are developing novel IncroMax PET additives to improve the efficiency of PET packaging production by reducing the number of defects and energy consumption. We partner with Innovate UK. Find out more about our partnership here.
- Akzo Nobel selected our intrinsic Self-Healing technology as one of the five chosen ideas for collaborative innovation in the AkzoNobel Paint the Future Supplier programme. This programme aims to accelerate solutions to market through close collaboration between AkzoNobel and their suppliers. Find out more about our partnership here.
- We have partnered with Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands to deepen our fundamental understanding on our novel Self-Healing technology.
- Our circular plastics economy (CPE) team is initiating partnerships along the value chain and with associations to establish and accelerate our contribution.
Sustainability case studies
Sharing a few examples of how we support sustainable developmentRead more
Circular Plastic Economy
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Innovation delivery through value chain partnershipsRead more