About our report

Our third report draws on performance highlights from April 2014 to March 2015 (Fiscal Year 2015) 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. Learn more about our Governance Structure.

This report is in accordance with the international standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines at Comprehensive level. A GRI content index can be found at Download our GRI.The Index has been updated to include reference to the relevant Sustainable Development Goals affected.

Previous sustainability reports

Birla Carbon’s 2015 Sustainability Report was published in July 2015.
Birla Carbon’s 2014 Sustainability Report was published in July 2014.
Birla Carbon’s 2013 Sustainability Report was published in July 2013.

Boundary

We have attributed each of our material issues to a relevant material aspect outlined in the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines. Below we have outlined the boundary for each of our aspects. Where the aspect has been identified as relevant within the organization it applies across all entities of the Birla Carbon business. In order to tailor this list to our stakeholders, we have used Birla Carbon terminology to describe each of the aspects.

Governance and ethics

Our material issues
Material to stakeholders
InternalExternal
Relevance outside the organization
Human rights performance Yes Yes Human rights issues can occur along the supply chain, especially in countries identified as high risk.
Ethics Yes Yes Ethical issues can occur along the supply chain and in the communities around our operations.
Management team Yes No Not applicable.
Governance framework Yes No Not applicable.
Business continuity Yes Yes Business 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.
Reputation Yes Yes The reputation of Birla Carbon has an impact on the reputation of both the Aditya Birla Group and our customers.
Transparency Yes Yes The transparency of our business is important to our customers and regulators, who put their trust in our business and play a role in monitoring our performance.

Product responsibility

Our material issues
Material to stakeholders
InternalExternal
Relevance outside the organization
Product safety Yes Yes Product safety controls are critical to the health and safety of our customers and end consumers.
Product stewardship Yes Yes Product 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 issues
Material to stakeholders
InternalExternal
Relevance outside the organization
Energy Yes Yes We 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 emissions Yes Yes GHG and other air emissions can be produced during extraction and transport of raw materials from our suppliers and during distribution to customers.
Water discharge Yes Yes Water use and discharge has the potential to impact on communities around our operations. This is particularly material in areas where water scarcity is a potential risk.
Waste management Yes Yes Waste from our operations has the potential to impact the communities and environment around our operations if it is not managed appropriately.
Resource consumption Yes Yes We 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 issues
Material to stakeholders
InternalExternal
Relevance outside the organization
Supply chain development Yes Yes It 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.
Product standards and consistency Yes Yes Our customers require consistent quality from our products, as this has an impact on their own operations and end products.

Our People

Our material issues
Material to stakeholders
InternalExternal
Relevance outside the organization
Safety performance Yes Yes The safety of all people visiting our sites is of high priority. This includes guests such as customers, contractors and third-party partners.
Employee retention Yes Yes Providing employment in the communities where we operate is important for our social license to operate.
Employee wellbeing Yes No Not applicable.
Employee engagement Yes No Not applicable.

Communities

Our material issues
Material to stakeholders
InternalExternal
Relevance outside the organization
Community Engagement Yes Yes Building 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.
Philanthropy Yes Yes Providing 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.