About our report

Our fifth report draws on performance highlights from April 2016 to March 2017 (FY2017) and covers the full scope of our global operations. It contains a detailed analysis of our sustainability performance over the past year and highlights specific targets for the future.

Birla Carbon acknowledges that sustainability is a learning process and we welcome all suggestions and feedback from our stakeholders, including customers, employees and suppliers. We aim to fully embed sustainability into the core of our business. Sustainable Operational Excellence drives our continued progress across all the dimensions of sustainability and corporate responsibility programs. We aim to continue producing an annual Sustainability Report to document our progress and challenges in this area. This report was approved by Birla Carbon’s Senior Management Team.

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This report is in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards at Comprehensive level. A GRI content index can be found here (pdf, 0.8MB). The Index has been updated to include reference to the relevant Sustainable Development Goals affected.

Boundary

We have attributed each of our material issues to a relevant material topic outlined in the GRI Standards. Below we have outlined the boundary for each of our topics. Where the topic has been identified as relevant within the organization it applies across all entities of the Birla Carbon business. To tailor this list to our stakeholders, we have used Birla Carbon terminology to describe each of the aspects.

  • Governance and Ethics

    Our material topics
    Material to stakeholders
    InternalExternal
    Relevance outside the organization
    Human Rights performanceYesYesHuman Rights issues can occur along the supply chain, especially in countries identified as high risk.
    EthicsYesYesEthical issues can occur along the supply chain and in the communities around our operations.
    Governance FrameworkYesNoNot applicable.
    Business ContinuityYesYesBusiness Continuity is important to our customers as they require a secure supply of carbon black. Our suppliers and the communities around our sites also have a vested interest in our business.
    Global PresenceYesYesManufacturing and distribution footprint relative to customer locations, resources, suppliers, etc.
  • Our Product

    Our material topics
    Material to stakeholders
    InternalExternal
    Relevance outside the organization
    InnovationYesYesInnovating processes, technology and products to meet evolving market, regulatory and societal demands.
    Product StewardshipYesYesProduct Stewardship ensures we provide customers with products that are safer, more efficient and specific to their needs. This also has an impact on end consumers who look for greater value from products.
  • Environment

    Our material topics
    Material to stakeholders
    InternalExternal
    Relevance outside the organization
    EnergyYesYesWe strive to develop more efficient grades of carbon black to support customer sustainability objectives. Our strategy to remain energy positive means we also provide low carbon energy for local energy grids.
    GHG Emissions and Air EmissionsYesYesGHG and other air emissions can be produced during extraction and transport of raw materials from our suppliers and during distribution to customers.
    WaterYesYesWater use and discharge has the potential to impact communities around our operations. This is particularly material in areas where water scarcity is a potential risk.
    WasteYesYesWaste from our operations has the potential to impact the communities and environment around our operations if it is not managed appropriately.
    Resource ConsumptionYesYesWe use non-renewable feedstock from fossil origin, which has potential environmental impacts. These impacts can occur along the supply chain from extraction to refinery and delivery to our production facilities.
  • Customers and Suppliers

    Our material topics
    Material to stakeholders
    InternalExternal
    Relevance outside the organization
    Sustainable ProcurementYesYesIt is important to engage with each of our suppliers to ensure they uphold our environmental and ethical standards. This applies to global and regional suppliers.
    Customer EngagementYesYesAlign with our customers’ sustainability initiatives and goals.
    Product ConsistencyYesYesOur customers require consistent quality from our products as this has an impact on their own operations and end products.
  • Our People

    Our material topics
    Material to stakeholders
    InternalExternal
    Relevance outside the organization
    Health and SafetyYesYesThe safety of all people visiting our sites is of high priority. This includes guests such as customers, contractors and third-party partners.
    Employee WellnessYesNoNot applicable.
    Employee EngagementYesNoNot applicable.
  • Communities

    Our material topics
    Material to stakeholders
    InternalExternal
    Relevance outside the organization
    Community EngagementYesYesBuilding and maintaining strong relationships with the communities around our sites is very important to our business and to local people. Our engagement covers local community and charitable organizations, residents, education systems and local governments.
    PhilanthropyYesYesProviding philanthropic support is critical to the development of local community organizations around our sites, including schools and health facilities. This can positively impact local people. Our philanthropic activities also enable our employees to engage in events that give back to the communities in which they live, which can help them develop skills and pride in their work.

Feedback

Feedback on our fifth report is an essential component of our commitment to Sustainable Operational Excellence. Comments are reviewed by our Sustainability Steering Committee and will, in many cases, be incorporated into future reports.

Please send your feedback to:

Dr Gilles Moninot
Global Sustainability Director
Birla Carbon
birlacarbon.sustainability@adityabirla.com