We have laid down important basic principles for our actions in six policies applicable throughout the Group. The text of these guidelines is publicly available. They provide our employees with guidance, including in the areas of value creation; sustainability; innovation; employees; health, safety, environment, energy, and quality (HSEQ); and compliance. The standards outlined in these policies must be adhered to by all employees worldwide. Additional details are provided in directives. Local procedures are used to implement the directives in the country subsidiaries. Compliance with the directives and local instructions is verified using internal audits and other measures. In addition, issues and action plans as well as target attainment are monitored in a management review. Corporate policies, directives, and local procedures together make up the Group regulations.
Covestro’s primary objective is to turn development activities and products into solutions that create value for customers, society, the environment, employees, and investors. We accomplish this, for instance, by manufacturing products with superior properties, environmental performance, usability, and cost effectiveness. At the same time, we aim to make the life cycle of our products as resource-efficient as possible to extract the greatest possible value from the resources used in them.
We want to bring economic success into alignment with environmental and societal goals. Doing business in this way conforms to Covestro’s purpose to make the world a brighter place. In making decisions and taking actions, we therefore equally consider the three dimensions of sustainability – people, planet, profit – while trying to avoid a negative impact on any of them. Our corporate “Sustainability” policy underscores this intention. Special committees at Covestro are responsible for defining and managing important sustainability topics. These include the development and implementation of targets and packages of measures.
Innovation is an essential factor in mastering the challenges of a changing world, remaining competitive, and creating value for the long term – inspired by and consistent with sustainability. Accordingly, we continually develop new products, processes, applications, and technologies that offer new perspectives. It is particularly important to us that innovation be an issue of personal concern to each and every one of our employees.
Covestro’s success is based on the outstanding skills and strong commitment of its employees. We therefore offer our employees a good and safe working environment and promote their professional and personal development. Covestro values a corporate culture that is curious, courageous, and colorful, and enables employees to successfully contribute their talents to the company. The core competencies and management skills that guide our employees’ further development are also oriented to these values.
Health, Safety, Environment, Energy, and Quality (HSEQ)
Health, safety, environment, energy, and quality are vitally important for achieving our goals. We set high standards and continually work toward improving our performance. Our integrated HSEQ management system ensures the implementation of the specifications in our HSEQ Group Regulation in orientation to or conformity with the internationally recognized standards ISO 45001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, and ISO 9001.
Covestro’s corporate governance is characterized by a strong sense of responsibility as well as adherence to ethical principles. This includes strict compliance with all statutory requirements and Covestro’s voluntary commitments, which are anchored in our internal regulations and are applicable to all employees worldwide.
As a company committed to operating sustainably, we take a clear stand on relevant issues. Like our corporate guidelines, the text of these commitments is publicly available. The minimum standards applicable to such efforts are governed by our voluntary corporate commitments. The corresponding Group regulations ensure that they are complied with. At present, Covestro has entered into voluntary commitments on the following: the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, Responsible Care™, human rights, slavery and human trafficking (UK Modern Slavery Act Statement), water, product stewardship, corporate compliance, responsible lobbying, responsible marketing and sales, tax transparency, and conflict minerals. In terms of lobbying in particular, we have laid down clear and binding rules for our engagement in the political arena. In combination with comprehensive Group regulations applicable worldwide, the voluntary commitments build on transparency and openness in the interaction with representatives of political institutions. In addition, Covestro has voluntarily joined the European transparency register in addition to publicly publishing its voluntary commitment. Covestro does not make any donations as a company to political parties, politicians, or candidates for a political office. The associations in which Covestro is a member make donations under their own responsibility and according to the respective relevant legislation, in particular taking account of laws related to donations to political parties.