- The strong Sika brand is recognized for its sustainable solution portfolio
- Sika screens the product portfolio for sustainability using life-cycle data
- Dynamic growth through fragmented markets, megatrends, and an attractive business model
Disclosure 102-1: Name of the organization
Disclosure 102-2: Activities, brands, products, and services
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 motor vehicle industry.
The Sika umbrella brand, and some 980 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 12,296 trademark registrations in 167 countries at the end of 2019. Sika continuously monitors its trademarks and takes appropriate legal action in cases of infringement. Here is a small selection of the 980 Sika product trademarks:
- Sika MaxTack®: Power grab adhesive
- Sikaflex®: Polyurethane-based sealants for a wide range of sealing applications
- Sikasil®: Silicone sealants for all types of applications
- SikaBaffle®: Heat-reactive thermoplastic or elastomeric parts designed to seal a vehicle body cavity
- Sika Boom®: Professional polyurethane-foam range for sealing, bonding, and damping
- SikaBond®: Bonding solutions for all your needs
- SikaCeram®: Tiling system solution
- SikaForce® Powerflex: Combining advantages of both structural and elastic adhesives
- 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®: Flooring systems which contribute to higher process reliability and effectiveness
- Sika® ViscoCrete®: Sika admixtures that bring innovative options to concrete mix design
- SikaRoof®: Roofing systems for all purposes
- Sarnafil® and Sikaplan®: Long-lasting thermoplastic roofing membranes and solutions
Sika aims to be an industry leader with a portfolio of sustainable products, systems, and services. The company makes a crucial contribution in helping customers in construction and other industries to meet their sustainability targets, for example, in the production of energy- and material-efficient vehicles and buildings. Sustainability is an important 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 and health and safety profiles. 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.
In 2019, the focus was on developing the new Sustainability Strategy 2023, which builds on the previous strategy and sets new, enhanced sustainable solutions targets. Sika launched the ongoing process of developing a Sustainable Portfolio Management (SPM) methodology, a new sustainability assessment methodology which addresses relevant sustainability indicators and forms part of the official Sika product development process, replacing the existing framework. The methodology will be used to assess sustainability-related risks and opportunities and performance categories for product-technology combinations in the defined market segments where Sika is active, combining both performance and sustainability into a single concept. This will lead to a deeper understanding of the sustainability performance of Sika’s product and solutions portfolio, with an eye to new developments. Over the coming years, Sika plans to apply the concept across its product portfolios, to evaluate new product innovations and identify mitigation actions for existing products by reference to innovation priorities, and portfolio actions, and to disclose the progress qualitatively.
On local level, the larger countries in EMEA, Americas and APAC Asia/Pacific further developed and implemented product sustainability roadmap activities in the year under review. As a result of the regional Sustainability Academy programs in the past, it was possible to expand the scope of the roadmap activities in the year under review. The Sustainability Academy programs play an important role in involving additional national subsidiaries and extending the future number of projects and activities to currently 39 countries. Examples of local projects can be found at www.sika.com/sustainability.
Customers, as well as stricter building and construction standards, increasingly demand that companies declare the environmental performance or environmental impact of their products in a transparent manner. This calls for sound data and knowledge about the impacts of product manufacturing and application, and of the added value of finished products in their application and use phase. In 2019, as in the years before, Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) activities in European markets as well as active involvement in association work in Europe were key activities for Sika. Sika’s existing EPD reference database for its products and systems was expanded, with a focus on locally produced products such as cementitious mortars and floors. Providing information on the environmental performance of Sika solutions widens the customers’ choice when it comes to product selection and decision-making.
With the comprehensive product portfolio and the know-how built up over the years, more and more local Sika companies are involved in projects that accord with international green building schemes. Such schemes include the US Green Building Council’s LEED program, the British Research Establishment’s BREEAM scheme and the German Sustainable Building Council’s DGNB program. These programs award credits for buildings incorporating products with EPDs, low VOC and odor levels, recycled content and material disclosure, amongst other criteria. In the year under review, the existing LEED product portfolio was broadened and the DGNB guidelines and associated training documents were developed to support countries in the acquisition of projects. With the increasing number of green building projects in commercial and public construction, the fact that Sika has a product portfolio addressing multiple green building requirements makes it well-equipped to assist customers in selecting best-choice solutions.
Disclosure 102-3: Location of headquarters
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