About this report
Selecting the indicators
Where it started
Since the voluntary Responsible Care programme was launched in 1987, the Belgian chemicals, plastics and life sciences industry has closely monitored and reported on the impact of its activities on health, safety and the environment. In 2009, essenscia extended this to a full sustainable development report, monitoring the performance of the sector in the three pillars of sustainability: people, planet and prosperity. A fourth pillar on products was also added, reflecting the importance of the sector’s products in developing solutions to societal challenges.
This fifth edition of the report gives an overview of developments up to 2015.
The selection of sustainable development indicators is based on the methods developed by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). GRI is an independent international organisation that helps businesses, governments and other organisations to understand and communicate the impact of businesses on critical sustainability issues, providing the world’s most widely used standards on sustainability reporting and disclosure.
In 2009, the selection of indicators was based on the GRI-3 reporting guidelines. A materiality analysis was carried out together with stakeholders to define which indicators to use. For this fifth edition, this analysis has been reviewed at the request of stakeholders.
In the meantime, GRI published a new set of reporting standards in 2016, which have been adopted in reviewing the materiality analysis and the existing set of indicators for this report. However, since this report concerns a whole sector rather than one company, it was not possible to report fully in line with GRI standards (using either the core or comprehensive options). Nevertheless, this report provides an overview of how, and to what extent, the reported indicators are in line with those standards.
In 2015, the United Nations also published the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). essenscia endorsed these goals from the outset, convinced that the industry can contribute significantly to realising these ambitious objectives. The 2015 edition of the sustainable development report already included references to the SDGs, so they were taken into consideration when revising the materiality analysis.
Additional essenscia indicators which are highly relevant to measure and describe the sector’s sustainable development performance have been added to the initial set of indicators selected in 2009, even though these were not part of the GRI standards.
The graphic below shows how the materiality analysis was carried out between November 2016 and April 2017.
The materiality analysis led to the following changes:
- No separate reporting on cogeneration capacities installed and heavy metal emissions
- Addition of new indicators.
Overview of the new indicators
- Anti-trust and anti-corruption
- Ensuring legal compliance
- Local community engagement
- Sustainable value chains
- Financial implications of climate change
The final set of indicators linked to the SDGs and the GRI standards is summarised in the table below. Most of the indicators are quantitative. Where possible, the indicators for the chemicals, plastics and life sciences industry are compared to the results for the Belgian manufacturing industry and/or for the Belgian society. There are also some indicators which are considered equally important for the sector, but for which (at least to date) no data on a sectoral level are available. In such cases, the information provided is limited to qualitative information.
Indicators used for the report
|Essenscia indicators||GRI disclosure||SDG|
|PEOPLE||Employment||GRI 203-2, GRI 401-1||SDG4, SDG 8|
|Diversity||GRI 405-1, GRI 406-1||SDG 8, SDG 5|
|Employee qualifications||SDG 4|
|Education||GRI 404-4, GRI 404-2, GRI 404-3||SDG 4, SDG 8|
|Age pyramid||GRI 401-1, GRI 404-3||SDG 8|
|Salaries||GRI 201-1, GRI 201-3, GRI 202-1||SDG 1, SDG4, SDG 8, SDG 9, SDG 10|
|Social climate||GRI 407-1||SDG 8, SDG 10, SDG 16|
|Accidents at work||GRI 403-3, GRI 403-2||SDG 3, SDG 8|
|Occupational diseases||GRI 403-2, GRI 403-4||SDG 3, SDG 8|
|Process safety||SDG 8, SDG 9|
|Anti-trust and anti-corruption compliance||GRI 205-1, GRI 205-2, GRI 205-3, GRI 206-1||SDG 16|
|Ensuring compliance with legislation||GRI 308-2, GRI 419-1, GRI 307-1||SDG 10|
|Community engagements||GRI 203-1, GRI 413-1, GRI 403-2||SDG 12, SDG 9, SDG17|
|PLANET||Energy consumption||GRI 302-1, GRI 302-4||SDG 7, SDG 9, SDG 13|
|Energy efficiency||GRI 302-3, GRI 302-4||SDG 7, SDG 9, SDG 13|
|GHG emissions||GRI 305-1, GRI 305-2, GRI 305-4, GRI 305-5||SDG 13, SDG 9, SDG 12|
|Resource efficiency||GRI 301-1, GRI 301-2||SDG 8, SDG 9, SDG 12|
|Acidifying emissions||GRI 305-7||SDG 3, SDG 12|
|Organic emissions||GRI 305-7||SDG 12|
|Water use||GRI 303-1, GRI 303-2, GRI 303-3||SDG 3, SDG 6, SDG 12|
|Water quality||GRI 306-1||SDG 3, SDG 6, SDG 12|
|Nitrogen and phosphorus||GRI 305-7||SDG 3, SDG 6, SDG 12|
|Industrial waste||GRI 305-3, GRI 306-2, GRI 306-4||SDG 3, SDG 6, SDG 9, SDG 12, SDG 13|
|Industrial packaging||GRI 301-3||SDG 8, SDG 9, SDG 12|
|Transport and logistics||GRI 302-2, GRI 305-3||SDG 7, SDG 9, SDG 13|
|Biodiversity||GRI 304-1, 304-2||SDG 6, SDG12, SDG 14, SDG 15|
|Sustainable value chains||GRI 307-1, GRI 308-1, GRI 308-1, GRI 414-1, GRI 414-2, GRI 408-1||SDG12, SDG 17|
|PROSPERITY||Added value||GRI 201-1||SDG 9, SDG 8|
|Trade balance||GRI 201-1||SDG 9, SDG 8|
|Profitability||GRI 201-1||SDG 9, SDG 8|
|Financial implications of climate change||GRI 201-2||SDG 13|
|Investments||GRI 203-1, GRI 203-2||SDG 12, SDG 9|
|R&D expenses||SDG 9|
|Innovations||SDG8, SDG 9|
|Number of researchers||SDG8, SDG 9|
|Taxes||GRI 201-4, GRI 201-1||SDG 9|
|Labour productivity||SDG 8|
|PRODUCT SAFETY||CLP||GRI 417-3||SDG 12|
|REACH registration data||GRI 308-2, GRI 416-1||SDG 12|
|Sustainable use in the supply chain||GRI 308-2, GRI 416-1, GRI 416-2, GRI 417-1, GRI 417-2, GRI 417-3||SDG 12|
|PRODUCTS & SOCIETY||Saving energy & climate||GRI 203-2, GRI 302-2, GRI 302-5, GRI 305-3||SDG7, SDG 9, SDG 11, SDG 12, SDG 13|
|Saving water||GRI 203-2||SDG 6, SDG 12|
|Saving natural resources||GRI 203-2||SDG 12|
|Securing food supply||GRI 203-2||SDG 2, SDG 12, SDG 15|
|Saving lives||GRI 203-2||SDG 3, SDG 12|