The report is entitled "Our Home Our Responsibility", which borrows from Univar's first sustainability report released in 2007. It is also the first report under new president and CEO David Jukes and is the first report to be released since the company became a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative. Through this commitment, Univar further aligns its sustainability strategy with the ten UNGC principles around environmental, labor, human rights and anti-corruption issues.
"Our commitment to economic, environmental and social sustainability is unwavering. We remain focused on driving positive change within our business and our communities as we expand this approach throughout our supply chains," said David Jukes, president and CEO of Univar. "This last year has been one of significant progress for Univar as a company and across our key areas of sustainability. Our focus on sustainable growth allows us to broaden our expectations and accelerate our progress through 2018 and beyond."
Other highlights from the report include an outline of Univar's 2021 sustainability goals, which focus on six key areas of responsibility:
- Energy & Emissions – Minimize Univar's environmental impact by reducing energy usage and associated emissions.
- Resource Use – Reduce resource consumption of operations while delivering business growth.
- Responsible Handling – Protect our people, communities and environment by leading a 'Zero Release' culture to minimize major releases.
- Safety – Continuously improve Univar's proud safety record, protecting our workforce and demonstrating we are 'Serious about Safety'.
- Sustainable Supply Chain – Lead on transparency in the supply chain as we responsibly manage and influence the environmental and social impacts of our suppliers.
- Equality & Diversity – Demonstrate Univar's commitment to providing equal opportunities to all employees, through training, education and reporting.
"These six key areas of responsibility mark a step forward in our journey to a more sustainable future, ensuring greater transparency, accountability and measurability of our actions against our material topics," said Phil Hockaday, vice president, global environmental, health and safety for Univar. "The baseline for our goals is from our 2016 reporting year, in which we achieved greater confidence in our data across all of our regions."
The 2017 report is also Univar's third report based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and references the latest version of the GRI Standards, which ensures disclosures are as relevant, transparent and comprehensive as possible.
For a complete review of Univar's progress to a more sustainable future through 2017, please see the full Sustainability Report at: www.univar.com/Safety-Sustainability/.