Sustainable development goals

In FY2016, we mapped the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to our business. This year, we linked the SDGs to the three key levers of our Sustainable Operational Excellence strategy, which are People, Product and Process.

People

We support the SDGs through the direct and indirect jobs we create as a global employer. With our support, our people actively engage with local communities, helping to address needs. Our people and communities have an impact on the following SDGs:

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No poverty

Through our community activities, we support pro-poor and gender-sensitive approaches, including social support and education.

  • Communities
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Zero hunger

Our community engagement programs include support for small-scale agriculture by investing in infrastructure, financial support and training for farmers.

  • Communities

Good health and well-being

We provide health support through our community activities, such as providing access to vaccines where needed and access to doctors.

Our Commitment Based Safety approach encourages employees to make commitments to their own health and wellbeing, including safe driving into and out from plant.

We also seek to prevent illnesses indirectly by reducing air, water and waste pollution.

  • Communities
  • Environment
  • Our people
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Quality education

As a member of the Aditya Birla Group and its commitment to education, Birla Carbon provides education support through its community activities across all regions where we operate.

Our Code of Ethics training also provides education to our employees on human rights and diversity.

  • Communities
  • Our people

Gender equality

We support gender equality by offering equal opportunities within Birla Carbon, without discrimination; and by empowering women in the communities where we operate through vocational training and support.

We recognize that we have room to grow in terms of fully addressing diversity within our company.

  • Our people
  • Communities

Clean water and sanitation

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is a priority for us, and we have been working to ensure that all of our sites provide safe access to WASH by FY2018.

Four of our facilities have yet to meet our WASH target.

We have started to assess the impact that we have on the community by extracting water from areas of scarcity.

  • Our people
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Decent work and economic growth

We offer employment and career development opportunities across all regions.

We believe that the educational component of our community engagement work both reduces youth unemployment and leads to productive job creation.

The health and safety of our people is a priority that underpins our work.

When our plants face difficulties and even closure, this can impact jobs.

Our development opportunities are currently relatively limited geographically and in terms of seniority.

We must ensure that our people leave work each day as healthy as when they arrive.

  • Our people
  • Communities

Reduced inequalities

Following in the path of the Aditya Birla Group, we seek to reduce inequalities, by offering opportunities for the poorest and vulnerable; empowering people and promoting inclusion; and adopting equality policies, notably for women.

We could open our apprenticeships to more people around the world.

Due to the nature of our business, and our industry as a whole, our operations could be more diverse.

  • Our people
  • Communities
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Partnerships for the goals

We help achieve the goals by working closely with our stakeholders, including community groups, universities, NGOs and the Aditya Birla Group.

We can strengthen our engagement.

  • Our people
  • Communities

Product

Carbon black enables sustainable development through its many applications, helping make products safer and longer-lasting. Carbon black and its applications have an impact on the following SDGs:

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Zero hunger

In its use in farming, including improved irrigation, carbon black helps agriculture become more efficient.

  • Our product

Decent work and economic growth

Carbon black ensures greater resource efficiency, which in turn promotes economic growth.

  • Our product
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Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Our product helps by supporting the development of quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, and in the promotion of inclusive and sustainable industrialization.

We also play our part by increasing efficient resources use, enabling the adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and by encouraging innovation and enhancing research.

Our aim is to support and facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries with carbon black, and support the development of local technology, research and innovation.

  • Our product

Reduced inequalities

Carbon black plays an important role in technology, giving people greater access to transport and communication. It also ensures that products that contain it last longer.

  • Our product

Sustainable cities and communities

Carbon black is crucial in the development of safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems, particularly in terms of its role in tire safety, durability and improved rolling resistance.

Our product also enhances sustainable urbanization and reduces the adverse per capita impact of cities.

  • Our product
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Responsible consumption and production

Carbon black helps society become more efficient in its use of resources, facilitating consumption and production.

The lifecycle of our product and its inherent qualities prevent its recyclability in certain products, including packaging.

  • Our product

Partnerships for the goals

We help achieve the goals by working closely with our stakeholders, particularly our customers.

  • Our product
  • Customers and suppliers

Process

Our processes ensure that we minimize our impact on natural resources and produce carbon black efficiently and in an ethical manner. Through our processes, we have an impact on the following SDGs:

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Clean water and sanitation

We monitor our water use and recycle and reuse as much as possible. We have recently implemented a more detailed water risk assessment approach, designed to give us a site-specific performance appraisal.

We are still developing our understanding of our impacts to devise appropriate mitigation plans.

  • Environment
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Affordable and clean energy

We continually seek opportunities to use more affordable and cleaner energy. Our facilities that contain cogeneration units convert tail gas into energy that is then used either in our plants or sold to the grid. Globally, we are energy positive.

Our feedstock is still essentially of fossil origin.

  • Environment

Responsible consumption and production

We support responsible consumption and production by ensuring that our feedstock comes from suppliers close to our facilities, who we have started to screen for risk management.

We strive to reduce our carbon footprint, which includes being more efficient about the energy we consume; we have been net energy positive since FY2016. We aim to avoid emissions and leaks as much as possible. We annually report on our sustainability efforts.

Our feedstock is a limited and non-renewable resource, which in the long term may have an impact on our consumption.

We are still in the process of developing more responsible procurement practices.

  • Environment
  • Customers and suppliers
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Climate action

We focus on carbon stewardship, being net energy positive and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

Our operations continue to generate emissions, whose reduction we are working on.

  • Environment

Peace, justice and strong institutions

Through our internal governance mechanisms, we prevent corruption and bribery from taking place in our business, and reinforce our own institutional accountability and transparency.

We are still in the process of making our supply chain more robust.

  • Governance and Ethics

Partnerships for the goals

We help achieve the goals by working closely with our stakeholders, including our suppliers, regulators and governments.

  • Our product
  • Environment
  • Customers and suppliers
  • Our people

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