Sika is making a contribution to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, focusing on seven of the 17 goals.

Among others, both the construction and the automotive industry highly influence these goals:

  • 3 (Good health and well-being)
  • 4 (Quality education and lifelong learning)
  • 6 (Clean water and sanitation)
  • 8 (Decent work and economic growth)
  • 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure)
  • 11 (Sustainable cities and communities)
  • 12 (Responsible consumption and production)
 
 

Economic Performance

Our success directly benefits all stakeholders.  

Target

Operating profit (EBIT) 14–16% of net sales.

Sustainable Solutions 

We are leading the industry by pioneering a portfolio of sustainable products, systems, and services. 

Target 

All new projects are assessed in accordance with Sika’s Product Development Process. All local key projects are implemented.

SDG 11
SDG 12
SDG 9

Local Communities / Society

We build trust and create value – with customers, communities, and with society.

Target

5% more projects per year.

 

SDG 4
SDG 6
SDG 11

Energy

We manage resources and costs carefully.

Target

3% less energy consumption per ton and year.

SDG 12

Water/Waste

We increase water and material efficiency.

Target

3% less water consumption and waste per ton and year.

SDG 6
SDG 12

Occupational safety

Sika employees leave the workplace healthy.

Target

5% less accidents per year.

SDG 3
SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
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Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for everyone at all ages

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

TARGET: All new projects are assessed
in accordance with Sika’s Product Development
Process. All local key projects are implemented.


OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

TARGET: 5% less accidents per year.

PRODUCT SAFETY:

Customer health and safety has always been of crucial importance to Sika. Sika only offers products that are safe and compatible with human health. When formulating products, the company only uses raw materials that comply with all relevant legal regulations, and that have been thoroughly assessed on health and safety impacts.

 

IMPROVING LABOR STANDARDS & WORKPLACE SAFETY:

The company aims to improve working conditions for workers within the entire supply chain, by working with partners throughout the value chain to conduct training programs and joint projects. We also have a long-term objective of “zero accidents”. The company aspires to fully implement OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment).

  • Sika strives to further enhance the user-friendliness and health and safety profiles of its products. The Group monitors environmental, health and safety aspects during the development, production, and product-handling stages. For this purpose, it has introduced the specific checking of new developments against relevant sustainability criteria, such as health and safety impacts and improvements.
  • Occupational standards
  • Management commitment
  • Employee involvement
  • Work site and risk analysis
  • Hazard recognition and resolution
  • Training and education
SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for everyone at all ages

SDG 

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for everyone at all ages.
 

More Value – Less Impact Focus 

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

TARGET: All new projects are assessed in accordance with Sika’s Product Development Process. All local key projects are implemented. 

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

TARGET: 5% less accidents per year.

SDG 4 - Quality Education
SDG 4

SDG

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
 

More Value - Less Impact focus

Local Communities/Society

TARGET: 5% more community engagement projects per year

 
Sika's commitment

INTERNAL:
The aim is to provide at least ten hours of training per year for each
employee. In 2018, this figure stood at 16.8 hours (previous year: 12.9 hours).

EXTERNAL:
Community Engagement: The main goals, among others, are to support communities in infrastructure development for social projects, to promote training in construction professions and trades, and to provide emergency aid to disaster-stricken regions. Sika also seeks to promote on-the-ground self-help. The local Sika companies thus put forward specific aid applications and, working with local partners, supervise the projects from site up to completion. Sika endeavors to provide intelligent support for projects through the application of company-specific expertise, voluntary work by its employees, and long-term collaboration with partners.
 

Activities @ Sika

INTERNAL:

  • E-learning platform, with more than 320 internal trainings.
  • More than 100 courses in the domain of leadership and talent management in 2018 were attended by 1,600 participants.
  • More than 2,000 training hours completed online.
  • Knowledge Management via SikaWorld


EXTERNAL:

  • Sika supported in 2018 128 projects (+9% vs. 2017). The projects can be
    classed as “social” (including donations), “ecological”, “scientific”, and “sports and cultural”.
SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG 6

SDG

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

More Value - Less Impact focus

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

TARGET: All new projects are assessed in accordance with Sika’s Product Development Process. All local key projects are implemented.

LOCAL COMMUNITIES/SOCIETY

TARGET: 5% more community engagement projects per year.

WATER

TARGET: 3% less water consumption per ton and year.

Sika's commitment

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS: The composition of Sika products is designed to have the least possible impact on the environment.

OPERATIONS: Sika aims to boost the sustainability performance of its production sites by reducing water consumption and treating water locally. The company implements measures to reduce consumption, or to use lower-grade water qualities, particularly in geographic regions where water is scarce. Efficient production means closed loop cooling, and switching from public to surface and ground water, reducing the amount of drinking water used in production. By reusing wastewater, Sika aims to reduce its water consumption on a larger scale.

LIVING LAKES INITIATIVE: Sika supports the Living Lakes network, which sets out to promote sustainable development and the protection of drinking water, lakes and wetlands. Many of Sika’s community engagement projects aim to guarantee clean and fresh water.

Activities @ Sika

Products to use less water in construction

  • Sika® ViscoCrete® technology allows the reduction of cement paste contents in conventional concrete, breaking the traditional limits to obtain a better concrete (in fresh and hardened states) with a lower cost. The use of new admixture technologies allows for a better concrete with less water and cement, maintaining or improving its properties.
  • Through the application of its waterproofing products, Sika has made an impact on reducing water loss and increasing water quality, for example in drinking water reservoirs.


Community work in emerging markets

  • In 2018, Sika supported Living Lakes projects to ensure drinking water in Africa, focusing on initiatives in Tanzania, South Africa, Burundi, and the Ivory Coast.
SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 8

SDG

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

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ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE

TARGET: Operating profit (EBIT) 14 –16% of net sales.

Sika's commitment

The five strategic pillars, market penetration, innovation, emerging markets, acquisitions, and values, are not only the foundation for growth, but they also drive improvements in margins, cash flow, and return on capital. Within the framework of the growth model, various initiatives contribute to the achievement of the strategic targets.

Activities @ Sika
  • Key investments: Since 2015, Sika has invested in 37 new plants, 11 new national subsidiaries and 20 acquisitions – a total of 68 key investments.
  • Investments in R&D lead to the launch of a large number of new products in all target markets every year. Sika spends approximately 3% of sales on R&D annually. ́́Globally organized procurement coordinates purchasing in all regions, resulting in more price efficient sourcing.
  • Focus on pricing with global pricing tools and monthly pricing reporting.
  • Transparent performance management focused on well-defined KPIs.
  • Strict cost management. Fast efficiency measures in countries which are not growing.
  • Operating leverage: Sales growth of 6–8% generates higher margins, as costs increase at a disproportionately lower rate.
SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG 8

SDG

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

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ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE

TARGET: Operating profit (EBIT) 14 –16% of net sales.

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

TARGET: All new projects are assessed in accordance with Sika’s Product Development Process. All local key projects are implemented.

Sika's commitment

Urbanization has a major impact on the construction industry and the mobility of populations, and it also stimulates demand for Sika technologies, solutions, and products. Dense population clusters, and heavily limited space on which to build, are factors conducive to the construction of high-rise buildings that use high-performance, safe, and environmentally sound building materials, from the foundation to the roof. Large numbers of people living in small areas also pose significant challenges in terms of infrastructure, transportation, and energy supplies, as well as cultural and leisure offerings. Likewise, rising population densities go hand-in-hand with the expansion of such elements.

Activities @ Sika
  • Research and development of new products, systems, technologies,
    applications, and production processes form the basis of Sika’s innovations.
  • More than 900 employees at 20 global technology centers and 44 local and 20 regional research and development
    facilities.
  • Thanks to targeted investments in research and development, Sika is a
    global industry leader. Sika has a comprehensive range of products,
    systems and services that contribute to sustainable construction.
  • Sika solutions to build infrastructure and help to develop emerging and
    developing countries.
SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG11

SDG

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

More Value - Less Impact focus

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

TARGET: All new projects are assessed in accordance with Sika’s Product Development Process. All local key projects are implemented.

LOCAL COMMUNITIES/SOCIETY

TARGET: 5% more community engagement projects per year.

Sika's commitment

INNOVATION: Sika has set a clear target that each new product must make a contribution to sustainability. In line with this, we systematically assess products throughout our innovation process. Innovation also places a strong emphasis on sustainable product development. One way to achieve this is with solutions that make it possible for customers to save or reduce CO2 emissions, directly or indirectly. Another way is with products that help customers construct and operate buildings that are more sustainable and CO2 efficient.

Activities @ Sika
  • Sika solutions for sustainable construction, and green building standards such as LEED, BREEAM and DGNB (amongst others).
  • Composite materials substantially prolong the service life of aging engineering structures such as bridges.
  • Root-resistant polymeric roof membranes and systems allow the installation of green roofs to improve the urban climate.
  • Special concrete repair mortars and resins considerably extend the service life of bridges and concrete structures.
  • Concrete Admixtures allow earthquake safe constructions.
  • Construction chemicals, shotcreting machines, and waterproofing membranes, allow efficient tunneling.
SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG 12

SDG

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

More Value - Less Impact focus

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

TARGET: All new projects are assessed in accordance with Sika’s Product Development Process. All local key projects are implemented.

LOCAL COMMUNITIES/SOCIETY

TARGET: 5% more community engagement projects per year.

Sika's commitment

INNOVATION: Sika has set a clear target that each new product must make a contribution to sustainability. In line with this, we systematically assess products throughout our innovation process. Innovation also places a strong emphasis on sustainable product development. One way to achieve this is with solutions that make it possible for customers to save or reduce CO2 emissions, directly or indirectly. Another way is with products that help customers construct and operate buildings that are more sustainable and CO2 efficient.

Activities @ Sika
  • Sika solutions for sustainable construction, and green building standards such as LEED, BREEAM and DGNB (amongst others).
  • Composite materials substantially prolong the service life of aging engineering structures such as bridges.
  • Root-resistant polymeric roof membranes and systems allow the installation of green roofs to improve the urban climate.
  • Special concrete repair mortars and resins considerably extend the service life of bridges and concrete structures.
  • Concrete Admixtures allow earthquake safe constructions.
  • Construction chemicals, shotcreting machines, and waterproofing membranes, allow efficient tunneling.