In the course of achieving our aims, we have already reached a number of milestones and have evidence of our success. We meet the requirements of important international standards, and this is regularly confirmed through our global cooperation with independent certifiers and auditors.
For its sustainability achievements, Covestro has been awarded the top score “Gold” by international ratings agency EcoVadis. We were evaluated in the fields of environment, working conditions and social responsibility as well as fair business practices and sustainable purchasing.
In the latest survey, the company exhibited even greater improvements and is now in the top two percent of the global rankings comprising 25,000 evaluated companies. Compared to the last survey a good two years ago, Covestro has gained eight points to reach 73 points and is thus well over the average value of 42 points.
Many of our customers are already doing away with their own surveys and relying instead on the EcoVadis rating. We also commissioned the same survey to evaluate the sustainability performance of our supply chain as part of the initiative “Together for Sustainability”.
Covestro received special recognition from ISS-oekom, formerly known as Oekom Research, one of the world’s leading ESG (Environment Social Governance) research and rating agencies for sustainable investments. This honored our strategy for engaging with climate change, our certified integrated management system, the good measures for guaranteeing plant and transport safety and also our good supply chain management in relation to labor laws, working conditions and environmental aspects.
ISS-oekom also rated Covestro in the “Prime” (B-) category. “Prime” status is awarded to a company that is evaluated as good in a rating process that takes into account societal and environmentally-relevant criteria. This means that we are among the leaders in the chemical industry and positioned in the best category for companies in this industry.
Sustainalytics is a leading independent provider of environmental, social and governance (ESG) and corporate governance research, ratings and analysis. The firm supports investors globally with the development and implementation of responsible investment strategies.
Based on Sustainalytics’ most recent assessment (November 2017), Covestro received an overall ESG rating of 75 out of 100 and was rated as an “outperformer” among the companies evaluated. Overall, Covestro is positioned 10th out of 133 chemical companies assessed by Sustainalytics.
In December 2016, Covestro was integrated into the Euronext Vigeo Index “Eurozone 120” (the 120 most advanced companies in the Eurozone). This index differentiates companies that deliver the most advanced environmental, social and governance performance.
Vigeo eiris is a research and ratings agency that evaluates companies in terms of their sustainability efforts. The companies listed in this index have achieved the highest number of points as determined by a review of up to 330 indicators and are evaluated by the agency in accordance with the “Equitics” methodology. Companies are excluded from this index if they are party to critical or repeat controversies for which they do not provide visible proof of corrective measures or engage with stakeholders.
Since December 2016 Covestro AG has been a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series.
The FTSE4Good Index Series is designed to help investors integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment decisions. The index identifies companies that better manage ESG risks and are used as a basis for tracker funds, structured products and as a performance benchmark. The ESG Ratings are used by investors who wish to incorporate ESG factors into their investment decision making processes, or as a framework for corporate engagement and stewardship.