COLOMBES, France, 27-11-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — In 2015 Arkema’s performance and progress in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development have been recognized by several extra-financial rating agencies and rewarded on a number of occasions. These awards highlight the progress made and the results achieved in this field, bearing testimony to the relentless work of its personnel on these major issues for the Group.
Following a major improvement in its records over the previous year, Arkema obtained in early November the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Improvement Award – France, rewarding its significant progress in transparency and performance. CDP is an international organization representing a group of over 800 major investors which surveys the integration of climate change issues within the strategies of listed companies.
Meanwhile, also in 2015, Arkema has risen in the VIGEO* index, currently ranking among the top 10 European chemical companies with the highest CSR performance. (*Vigeo: European assessment and rating company evaluating organizations on environmental, social and governance issues)
This year too Arkema has obtained a “gold rating” based on the EcoVadis* benchmark. The Group now ranks among the top 5% of companies with the highest CSR performance on this benchmark. (*EcoVadis: French rating agency appraising the responsible procurement practices and the environmental and social performances of companies).
Furthermore, Arkema has been rewarded at the 6th edition of Grands Prix de la Transparence for its financial communication. The Group was indeed presented on 8 October with the Grand Prix de la Transparence in the “Oil, Gas, Materials and Buildings” category. This award recognizes the quality of regulated information provided by the Group to the market in particular in terms of accessibility, detail, comparability and availability of information.
Finally, at the 12th edition of Grands Prix du Gouvernement d’Entreprise organized by the economic and financial publication Agefi, Arkema has been awarded second prize in Dynamique de Gouvernance which rewards the best overall improvement in corporate governance.
This list of achievements completes Arkema’s inclusion on 1st July this year in the FTSE4Good extra-financial rating global index which compiles exemplary companies worldwide in terms of corporate social responsibility.
Corporate Social Responsibility is at the heart of our development strategy. Formalized into an oversight process coupled with firm and consistent commitments, it contributes to the Company’s sustainable and responsible growth and to value creation for all our stakeholders. We are very proud of our awards which reward the progress made and the commitment shown by our employees as a whole. This is a great encouragement to pursue our actions.
Heike Faulhammer, Arkema Vice President Sustainable Development
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