Interim targets for 2015

To reach this ambitious 20-year goal, we will have to improve our efficiency by an average of 5 to 6 percent each year. We have set concrete 5-year targets for our focal areas. By 2015, we intend to improve the relationship between the value we create and our ecological footprint by 30 percent overall.

Sustainability targets on the road to “Factor 3”

Teaser performance


  • At least 10 percent more sales (net external sales) per production unit by 2015 (base year 2010).

Teaser Social Progress

Social Progress:

  • Continuous training and professional development of all employees as appropriate to their tasks.
  • Annual increase of up to two percent in the proportion of female managers.

Teaser Safety and Health

Safety and Health:

  • Long-term occupational safety objective: zero accidents.
  • A further 20 percent reduction in the worldwide accident rate by 2015 (base year 2010).
  • 50 percent reduction in solvents used in consumer adhesives by 2020 (base year 2010).

Teaser Energy and Climate

Energy and Climate:

  • A further 15 percent reduction in energy consumption – and the associated carbon dioxide emissions – per production unit by 2015 (base year 2010).
  • Regular checks of our production sites to determine whether the use of renewable energy sources is ecologically and economically worthwhile.

Teaser Water and Wastewater

Water and Wastewater:

  • A further 15 percent reduction in water consumption per production unit by 2015 (base year 2010).
  • Increase in the proportion of readily biodegradable ingredients in soaps, shower gels and shampoos to 90 percent by 2012.

Teaser Materials and Waste

Materials and Waste:

  • A further 15 percent reduction in the waste footprint per production unit by 2015 (base year 2010).
  • Ensuring that the entire volume of palm oil and palm kernel oil that is used as the basis for raw materials in our products is covered by certificates from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) by 2015.
  • Development of packaging with the smallest possible ecological footprint.

Teaser Overarching goals for all our focal areas

Overarching goals for all our focal areas:

  • All new products contribute to sustainable development in at least one focal area.
  • Establishing a recognized measuring system in order to assess the contributions our products make along the value chain and to quantify the progress achieved in our product categories.
  • All strategic suppliers conform to our standards of corporate ethics.
  • Annual increase in the percentage of suppliers audited according to our sustainability criteria.

Base for our targets: Sustainability performance from 2002 to 2011

We have been working to increase the efficiency and safety of our production processes for decades. Our sustainability performance over the past ten years illustrates this very clearly. In all three business sectors, our optimization efforts focus on improving value creation and occupational health and safety in our production operations while reducing our ecological footprint. Building on the progress achieved, we aim to reduce our energy and water consumption, our waste footprint, and the accident rate still further.

Long-term trend: Sustainability performance from 2002 to 2011

Graph "Sustainability performance from 2002 to 2011"

Last updated: March 8, 2012