This excerpt taken from the ICI 6-K filed Mar 21, 2007.
Sustainability developments in 2006
ICI has completed the first year of Sustainability Challenge 2010, the most recent five-year Challenge programme, which includes improvement goals for social, environmental and ethical issues. The objectives were defined in collaboration with representatives of all ICIs businesses and functions, as well as with external stakeholders. Performance against the objectives will be reviewed with external stakeholders as the Challenge period progresses. Overall, the ICI Board is pleased with the progress made and the Company has made improvements against most of the new objectives. Detailed results are being verified by Enviros Consulting Ltd and the performance results and verification statement will be available on ICIs corporate website (www.ici.com/sustainability). A printed summary will also be available.
Social elements of sustainability encompass employee health, safety and staff development as well as engagement with the communities in which ICI operates worldwide.
ICI and safety
ICI has achieved an 89% reduction in employee work-related injury and illness rates since 1990. The Sustainability Challenge 2010 milestone is a Total Reportable Case Rate of 0.56 by 2010 a 40% improvement on the 2005 performance. In 2006 we achieved 0.79 which is a 10% improvement on 2005. Manual handling issues remain a focus area for improvement. Overall Group performance remains amongst the industry leaders, and there are some ICI sites in all regions which have reached or exceeded the milestone of 10 years without a lost-time injury.
ICI and its people
ICI continues to monitor the gender, ethnicity and nationality diversity of its management population. The data indicates that the 2006 management group of about 1,580 included 16% women. Of the 680 located in North America there was a 10% ethnic minority; of the 900 located outside North America there was a 53% minority nationality (defined as those born outside UK, USA or the Netherlands where our businesses are headquartered). Since 2002, the minority nationality has improved from 48%; the gender and ethnic diversity measures have remained fairly constant.
ICI and its communities
Examples of activity and recognition include:
ICI and the environment
Since 1990 ICI has reported reductions in energy use per tonne of production in excess of 43%, and again in 2007 there is a specific focus to improve the overall energy efficiency of our operations, with cross business activity to achieve improvements. The latest have been achieved through efficiency improvements, asset rationalisation and redesigned production processes. Many of these indicators remain important not only for environmental performance but also for business sustainability as energy price rises, global warming issues and regional water scarcity become more prevalent.
ICIs supply chain
ICIs corporate governance