Organizational Profile

Disclosure 102-1: Name of the organization

Sika AG

Disclosure 102-2: Activities, brands, products, and services

  • The strong Sika brand is recognized for its sustainable solution portfolio
  • Sika screens the product portfolio for sustainability using life-cycle data
  • Green buildings and energy efficient vehuicles are part of the Sika sustainability approach

 

Description general activities: Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing, and protecting in the building sector and the automotive industry.Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing and protecting in the building sector and automotive industry.

The Sika brand: The Sika umbrella brand and some 833 Sika product trademarks, such as Sika® ViscoCrete®, SikaBond® or Sikaflex®, sharpen the company’s competitive edge. Hence the crucial role of trademark protection as a management task, performed both globally at Group level and locally at national level. In total, Sika held 10,911 trademark registrations in 165 countries at the end of 2016. Sika AG continuously monitors its trademarks and takes consistent legal action in cases of infringement.

Sika's strong corporate brand provides numerous brand families, all of which enjoy high awareness. Often, they do not only stand for only one product but have even given a name to the whole product category.

Sika MaxTack®: Brand new power grab adhesive; Sikaflex®: Polyurethane-based sealants for a wide range of sealing applications; Sikasil®: Silicone sealants for all types of applications; Sika Boom®: Professional polyurethane-foam-range for sealing, bonding and damping; SikaBond®: Bonding solutions for all your needs; Sikalastic®: Liquid applied waterproofing systems; Sikagard®: Professional solutions for cleaning and protection; Sika AnchorFix®: Sika solutions for all types of anchoring applications; Sikadur®: Our strong and long lasting epoxy-based adhesives; Sikafloor®: Strength and beauty - combined in our Sikafloor products; Sika® ViscoCrete®: Sika admixtures that bring innovative options to concrete mix design; Sikafloor ®: Flooring systems which contribute to higher process reliability and effectiveness; Sarnafil® and Sikaplan®: Long lasting thermoplastic roofing membranes and solutions.

Sika solutions: Sika is the industry leader with a portfolio of sustainable products, systems, and services. They make an essential contribution to customers in the construction and other industries to meet their sustainability targets, e.g. energy-efficient vehicles and buildings. Sustainability is a key component of the company’s capacity for innovation and an important driver of product development. Sika strives to extend the service life of buildings and industrial applications, to reduce maintenance effort, to improve energy and material efficiency, and to further enhance user-friendliness. One of the company's main objectives is to reduce resource consumption, energy consumption, and the associated CO2 emissions along the value chain – both internally and for partners and customers who place their trust in Sika products and solutions. The Group goals are:

TARGET: The Sika Sustainability evaluation process is introduced, local
sustainability roadmaps in major countries are developed and implemented. In 2016, this target has been achieved.

IMPLEMENTATION: In 2015, Sika introduced a uniform sustainability appraisal process (including guidelines and work aids) throughout the company that addresses the relevant sustainability indicators and forms part of the official Sika product development process. The objective of the sustainability appraisal process is to assess all relevant sustainability aspects of a new development over its entire life cycle, compared with the company’s own or competitors’ solutions. Economic, environmental and social aspects are assessed and serve as the basis for deciding what measures are needed to improve the sustainability profile of a development. If a new solution fails to provide an improvement over the existing product, it may not be worthwhile to pursue a particular development. On the other hand, if a significant improvement over the existing product is achieved, the relevant projects must be paid special attention.

PRODUCT CREATION PROCESS: During the year, Sika largely completed the global roll-out of the new product development process in all companies. One key task was to provide the individuals responsible for the local roll-out in the various business lines, regions, and technology centers with training in the sustainability appraisal process and associated methods and tools. In the year under review, the sustainability appraisal process was used to assess 122 new local and global product developments. Of these, 16% underwent or are undergoing closer scrutiny as they offer a significant improvement over the existing product and are therefore of particular importance for the company's sustainability.

LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY ROADMAPS: The major Sika national subsidiaries prepare a sustainability action plan and implement all key projects planned in this context. The plan is aligned with local trends and with market requirements and encompasses the key projects and topics that are geared to the global initiative.

All the larger countries in the key regions North America, Southern Europe, Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, UK, Germany, and Turkey further developed product sustainability roadmaps in the year under review in conjunction with the Corporate Corporate Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability team (EHS&S). A further priority in 2016 was to extend the scope of the roadmap activities into the Latin America region. With the technical support of the Corporate EHS&S team, action plans were locally developed for Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. The plans are exchanged and managed, activities and progress discussed, and the details of successful projects and local action shared at periodic presentations involving the local, regional, and global functions.

Other key countries in the Latin America region and the first countries in the Asia/Pacific region will join in 2017. In this regard, the newly created Sustainability Academy program will play an important role in involving further national subsidiaries and increasing the number of projects. Local sustainability experts will be nominated, trained, and empowered to independently draw up and implement local market-oriented roadmaps in the countries.

LIFE-CYCLE ASSESSMENTS AND EPD: The implementation of the “More Value – Less Impact” campaign calls for sound data and knowledge about the effects of product manufacturing and the added value of finished products in their application and use phase. In the year under review, as in years before, Sika added to the life-cycle data for its products, technologies, and applications in accordance with the international life-cycle assessment (LCA) standard ISO 14040, and expanded the existing reference database. The information enabled Sika to develop a series of new work aids and successfully introduce them in an initial group of national subsidiaries.

Examples include the preparation of the first environmental product declarations (EPDs) for polyurethane liquid membranes for roof waterproofing solutions under the UK BRE standard, and green guide ratings for the sustainability performance of polyurethane floor solutions for office, school, and healthcare facilities under the UK BREEAM standard for sustainable buildings. The reporting year also saw the development of the first “sustainability packages” in the form of toolboxes for the various target markets. These feature a variety of tools with which the sustainability added value of Sika solutions and their contribution to sustainable construction can be explained and illustrated in an easy-to-understand way.

These packages, together with the tools for roof and floor systems introduced in the previous year, offer added value for customers at two levels: first, they tangibly demonstrate the sustainability added value of Sika solutions. Second, they allow a quantitative, product- and project-specific assessment of the sustainability performance of Sika solutions in a clearly communicated, standardized form that addresses customers' needs. Implementing the acquired expertise in the market, a number of national subsidiaries in Northern and Southern Europe have successfully launched and tested new services to quantify the sustainability performance of Sika solutions. Further projects have thus been successfully acquired in countries such as Spain, Italy, and the UK using the locally introduced sustainability arguments. In other countries too, e.g. the Czech Republic and Austria, first projects have been secured with the sustainability tools.

GREEN BUILDING SCHEMES: The focus here is on the further roll-out and local introduction of the sustainability sales tools in the roofing and flooring segments in additional target countries, e.g. in the wake of the roadmap activities. Priority will be given to services related to sustainable construction, e.g. LEED and BREEAM, to the contribution of roof systems to the energy efficiency of buildings, to the local adaption of the newly developed target market sustainability packages, and to the better integration of sustainability with the local companies’ business priorities.

This underscores Sika’s aim to move further in the direction of a solution supplier, providing customers with innovative solutions to decisively enhance the efficiency, durability, and aesthetic appeal of buildings, infrastructure facilities, and installations. The integrated concepts and solutions address the entire life cycle of a built structure, from initial construction and maintenance through refurbishment or expansion to demolition.

Disclosure 102-3: Location of headquarters

Sika AG, Zugerstrasse 50, 6341 Baar, Switzerland, Phone +41 58 436 68 00, Fax +41 58 436 68 50, sikagroup@ch.sika.com.

www.sika.com