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.

The Sika brand: The Sika umbrella brand and some 851 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 10,735 trademark registrations in 165 countries at the end of 2017. 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®: 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

Sustainable Solutions: Sika is an industry leader with a portfolio of sustainable products, systems, and services. The company makes an essential contribution to customers in construction and other industries to meet their sustainability targets, for example, energy and material 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 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.

The Group goals are:

TARGET 1: PRODUCT CREATION PROCESS

All new product developments are reviewed against sustainability criteria using a standardized methodology, including a documented sustainability profile and an appropriate improvement plan where necessary. In 2017, this target has been achieved.

IMPLEMENTATION: A uniform sustainability appraisal process (including guidelines and work aids) throughout the company 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 further pursue a particular development. On the other hand, the relevant projects must be prioritized for special attention if a significant improvement over the existing product is achieved.

In the year under review, the sustainability appraisal process was used to assess 105 new local and global product developments. Of these, 12% were identified as relevant and have undergone or are undergoing closer scrutiny as they offer an improvement over the existing product and are therefore of particular importance for the company’s sustainability.

In 2017, a new one-component moisture triggered polyurethane roof waterproofing base coat (Sikalastic® 631) was developed as part of the Sika® CoolRoof i-Cure / SikaRoof®i-Cure system. The product is based on a novel latent hardener that prevents gassing in the finished film, which can often be seen in conventional polyurethanes when applied in harsh environments. The new technology allows the final product to be formulated with reduced VOC's (volatile organic compounds), odor, and most importantly emissions to the environment. The Sika® CoolRoof i-Cure / SikaRoof®i-Cure system fulfills LEED v4 requirements and is a high end cool roof solution to help reduce the operational energy consumption of buildings.

Another example is Sarnafil® G410, a self-adhered thermoplastic roofing membrane which was successfuly launched in North America. The membrane design includes a pre-applied adhesive, which is covered with a release liner at the factory, providing more consistent coverage versus adhesive applied on site and double the speed and ease of application on the roof. By eliminating the use of liquid membrane adhesives, VOCs and adhesive odors were eliminated from potentially harming applicators and entering the building. The membrane is ideal for any project, but especially for those buildings that are sensitive to adhesive odors and fumes, such as schools, healthcare facilities and office buildings.

TARGET 2: 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. In 2017, this target has been achieved.

IMPLEMENTATION: All of the major organizations in the key areas North America, Southern Europe, Northern Europe, Central Europe, and Eastern Europe further developed product sustainability roadmaps in the year under review. A priority in the year under review was to extend the scope of the roadmap activities into the Asia Pacific and Latin America region. In this regard, the newly created regional Sustainability Academy programs played an important role in involving further national subsidiaries and increasing the future number of projects and activities.

Sustainability Academy: The regional Sustainability Academy courses in Bangkok in July and Bogota in November have been attended by 37 employees from various business segments from 19 country organizations in the Asia/Pacific and Latin America region. The participants were empowered to draw up and implement local market-oriented roadmaps with the support of local teams. Here, the commercial and marketing oriented persons were nominated to be trained to be local Champions for “More Value” and Operations and EHS persons to be the local Champion for “Less Impact”. On completion of the program, the “ambassadors” have a deeper understanding of Sika’s Sustainability strategy, targets, principles and tools, the benefits of using sustainability as value creation concept and how to initiate, manage and coordinate local sustainability activities and projects from both perspectives.
Based on the learings of the Sustainability Academy, initial action plans were locally developed for Japan, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and New Zealand. Roadmaps for the major Latin America countries Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, and Uruguay will follow in 2018.

Transparent information about environmental performance: Customers, as well as legislature, increasingly demand that companies make the environmental performance or environmental impact of its products more transparent. This 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 expanded the existing reference database for Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for its products and systems in accordance with the international ISO and EN standards, which creates an increase in confidence by providing information on the environmental performance of Sika solutions. Examples include the preparation of various EPDs for major polyurethane liquid applied membranes for roof waterproofing solutions under the UK BRE standard. With this, Sika has published product-specific EPDs for all its major European single-ply and LAM (liquid applied membrane) roofing brands and technologies. Furthermore, Sika was the first company in the North American roofing market to publish third party certified Cradle to Grave Environmental Product Declarations (EPD). They include the full life cycle from resource extraction, to factory gate, through the use phase and end of life treatment. Thanks to the long life expectancy of the Sarnafil membranes and the company’s recycling program to take back old membranes at the end of their service life, the figures show very good results. In 2018 the EPD Activities in the North American market will be further extended to other product categories utilizing local US EPD standards.

Green Building and Energy Savings: The interest in EPDs has grown significantly since recent versions of the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED, the Green Building Initiative’s (GBI), Green Globes program and the UK’s British Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), amongst others, award credits for buildings incorporating products with EPD, which provide added value and comprehensive information for assessing buildings and other structures. With the increasing number of green building projects in commercial and public construction, and having a product portfolio that contributes to multiple green building requirements, Sika is in a good position to benefit.
With buildings having extensive direct and indirect impacts on the environment, operational energy efficiency is an essential aspect for the building design. In the reporting year, Sika has developed an “Energy Saving Ccalculator”, which enables customers to quantify the contribution of the roof design on energy and cost savings during a building’s use phase. Possible energy savings can be achieved through improved thermal insulation characteristics and/or reflectivity of roofing membranes. With this tool, our clients can interprete the benefits of selecting Sika's high quality roofing systems into economies of scale. The tool also allows a simulation of the effect of the roof design dependent on various climate conditions. With its energy saving approach, Sika strives to create value for its customers via customized sustainable and energy efficient roofs. The company plans to collect various case studies by introducing the new concept into a limited number of countries step by step in order to ensure the reliability of the tool.

 

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