Emery Oleochemicals' Sustainability Commitment
Founded in 1840 utilizing natural feedstock to manufacture our products before the term "green" was even conceptualized or used in association with sustainability, Emery Oleochemicals is truly one of the first sustainable chemical companies in business. Today, we continue to operate sustainably using renewable feedstock to make our natural-based chemicals.
Guided by a vision to take Emery Oleochemicals “Beyond Specialties”, we aspire to focus all that we do in a manner consistent with acting sustainably and leaving this planet a better place for the next generation. Our very business of producing natural-based chemicals underscores the importance of, and is the foundation of, our sustainable operations.
At Emery Oleochemicals, we combine science and innovation when implementing operational best practices throughout our global network. Premised on our understanding of our customers’ business needs and changing societal requirements, we continuously create new business value and exceed customer expectations by advancing the skills necessary for us to be a world leader in natural-based chemicals - guided by our core values and established business governance.
Our approach to sustainability subscribes to the philosophy “ACT SUSTAINABLY”, where our actions across the board aim to deliver sustainable methods to achieve our long term goals and advocates day-to-day behaviors at the workplace and beyond. It is a rallying call to our team members and business partners alike to play a leading role in mitigating sustainable development risks through responsible operations.
To achieve our Sustainability Vision, initiatives implemented will be aligned to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and will broadly encompass:
- Realize progressive ways to reduce our impact on the environment, that additionally allows us to lower our operating costs;
- Provide a progressive, inclusive and safe workplace for our employees so as to retain and attract talent, and;
- Invest in the communities in which we do business to uphold our ‘license to operate’.
Science and innovation remain our main driving forces in the evolution of best practices and value creation. The needs of society and customers change continuously, and we strive to remain a step ahead of these changes. However, even as we develop our technology and business to advance in this industry, we are still governed by our core values and ethics. Long-term sustainability for the future of our people, partners, investors and the community at large remains the topmost priority.
Corporate Sustainability Initiatives
Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
We have been actively participating in ongoing discussions and forums surrounding palm-based derivatives manufacturing - guided by industry, consumer and customers’ evolving requirements.
Today, having translated our findings and requirements into responsible business practices and operational processes, Emery Oleochemicals offers customers products that are RSPO Supply Chain System Certified for Mass Balance (MB).
USDA BioPreferred® Program: Certification of Biobased Products
As a leading global oleochemicals producer, the mission of our company has always been to provide high-quality, natural-based products to meet market needs. Over 180 years since our founding in 1840, Emery Oleochemicals remains committed to using renewable materials, supporting the bioeconomy and bettering the planet. As part of that effort, we participate in the USDA BioPreferred® Program which has a goal to increase the development, purchase and use of biobased products. Due to their high biobased content (48 – 100%), many of Emery’s Agro Green Solutions and Eco-Friendly Polyols products have been certified biobased by the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label.
In 2022, when the USDA BioPreferred® Program celebrated it’s 20 Year Anniversary as the Federal Government’s official advocate and market accelerator for biobased products, Emery Oleochemicals is proud to be recognized by the USDA as a BioPreferred Program Champion.
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Sourcing with Respect
In response to the growing need for transparency within supply chains, we introduced “Sourcing with Respect Guidelines” (SRG) in 2014 as we strive to minimize environmental footprints, safeguard human rights, eliminate poor labor practices, and prevent corruption within Emery Oleochemicals’ supply chains.
These guidelines integrate the 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) - aligning the SRG framework to industry needs. Addressing issues such as human rights, labor, environment and corruption, this guideline provides a framework for engagement and the opportunity to establish partnerships where members in the value chain behave in a responsible and ethical manner.
United Nations Global Compact
As the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative, the UN Global Compact is a call to companies to align our strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.
Emery Oleochemicals subscribes to the Global Compact 10 Principles and supports achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Global Compact’s focus areas in environment, social, governance, sustainable development, and supply chains, drive Emery Oleochemicals’ initiatives which are designed to deliver positive impact, operate responsibly and support society. Emery Oleochemicals GmbH is a signatory member of the UNGC.
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