As a globally operating technology-based company, Sika is committed to sustainable development. The Sika sustainability strategy, whose avowed aim is “More Value – Less Impact”, has got off to a successful start, with the company exceeding most of its targets for 2014.

More Value for all stakeholders

The G4 Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI G4) have provided the framework for sustainability reporting since 2013. Sika measured its
performance against the new sustainability targets for the first time in 2014. The company not only added value for its shareholders with its operating profit (EBIT) of 11.4% of net sales, it also enhanced utility for other key stakeholders such as customers and local communities.

A new sustainability evaluation process was introduced to assess all sustainability aspects of new product developments over their entire life cycle. In 2015, it will become a mandatory component of the innovation process at local level.

Major Sika organizations worldwide developed local product sustainability roadmaps that are tailored to local demand and in line with the global approach. All local key projects were implemented in the past year and further projects will follow this year.

In addition, Sika intensified its social responsibility engagement in 2014, supporting 67 projects – a year-on-year increase of 29%. The company sponsored social, environmental, scientific, sports and cultural projects on all continents. They cover a wide range of topics, from a vocational training center in Indonesia to a childcare organisation increase.

Less negative impact on the environment

Sika lowered energy and water consumption per ton sold and year by an impressive 12% and 10% respectively, beating the target of 3% by a substantial amount.

For example, a newly installed closed-loop cooling water system will drastically reduce cooling water demand at the Lyndhurst plant in the US. Sika’s Shanghai plant has achieved significant material and cost savings with recycling by granulating the polyester scrim and felt backing used in roofing membranes, and feeding the materials back into the production process.

It is paramount that Sika employees leave their workplaces healthy. The number of occupational accidents leading to lost work time of more than one day fell 8% year-on-year. Sika will continue to improve safety constantly in 2015:

All plants will regularly run safety days and invest in technical safety measures.