Azelis awarded the highest score in the industry, as rated by EcoVadis®
18 May 2023
Azelis, a leading innovation service provider in the specialty chemicals and food ingredients industry, is proud to announce it has been awarded the high score of 77/100 by EcoVadis®, a widely followed provider of business sustainability ratings. This qualifies Azelis for Gold and it is the shared highest score in the industry. With the No. 1 rating by Sustainalytics, Azelis continues to be at the very top of the industry regarding sustainability performance.
Next to being rated by EcoVadis®, Azelis also works with EcoVadis® for supplier assessments, allowing the company to evaluate its business partners from an environmental, social and governance perspective and to increase the sustainability of the entire chemical industry supply chain. EcoVadis® evaluates and rates companies’ performance in environmental protection, labor and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement.
Azelis has been assessed by EcoVadis® since 2015 and was the first global innovation service provider for the specialty chemicals and food ingredients industry to be awarded Platinum by EcoVadis® in 2021. For this year’s revised questionnaire, the company missed one point in achieving the recently rescaled Platinum rating. To continue improving its sustainability efforts, Azelis has, amongst other steps it plans to take, committed to setting aside a significant budget from 2023 onwards towards climate change mitigation projects each year. This will help reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions in laboratories, offices and other premises by installing solar panels, improving insulation and purchasing more energy-efficient equipment and lighting, to name only some measures.
Maria Almenar, Group Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) and Sustainability Director, comments :
“We’re proud to see that our sustainability performance has been evaluated so positively, although it was just not high enough this time to meet the recently rescaled Platinum criteria. Good sustainability standards have become a must in every industry, and this is speeding up the need to transition to a sustainable business model. Our industry is also confronted with increasingly high reporting standards, both for our financial and non-financial data, following the adoption of the EU CSRD Directive. Sustainability is part of our monthly performance review cycle, and all our financial controllers have sustainability KPIs as part of their annual objectives. We continuously measure our sustainability performance and have it audited by an independent auditor so that we can continue to set the pace for sustainability in our industry.”
Dr. Hans Joachim Müller, Azelis Chief Executive Officer, adds:
“At a time when sustainability is a determining factor for our principals and customers, our high EcoVadis® score helps position Azelis as a premium player. As the shift to sustainability accelerates, we want to be the first company our stakeholders call. I am grateful for our amazing Azelis family that tirelessly commits to our ‘Action 2025’ sustainability ambitions, boosting my confidence that we will continue to take the necessary steps in becoming the better version of ourselves every day. Meeting even higher criteria for Platinum is only an additional incentive for us to keep the good pace in sustainability, and I am positive we will get it again.”
Azelis has just released its 2022 Sustainability Report, in which the company documents its global sustainability efforts and the progress made in reaching its 2025 sustainability goals as stated in Action 2025.