Specialty Chemicals value creation summary 2014

We are a major producer of specialty chemicals, supplying key products to business-to-business customers in all four of our end-user segments. We utilize inherently high energy processes and focus strongly on reducing carbon footprint and energy use, while saving costs in our own operations.

Developing close relationships with our customers – and helping them to create value – is key to our ongoing success, along with efficient processes, an increased focus on eco-premium solutions and renewable energy and a high level of innovation. These initiatives will create economic, social and environmental value. Social value is increased by our continued focus on safety, as well as our talent development programs and our contribution to various community activities.

All these initiatives will contribute to our financial performance and ultimately lead to more economic value for our investors.

  • Economic value
  • Environmental value
  • Social value


Revenue breakdown by business unit in %

Specialty Chemicals – Revenue breakdown by business unit, in % (pie chart)

Revenue breakdown by end-user segment in %

Specialty Chemicals – Revenue breakdown by end-user segment, in % (pie chart)

Revenue development in % versus 2013

Specialty Chemicals – Revenue development, in % versus 2013 (bar chart)Specialty Chemicals – Revenue development, in % versus 2013 (bar chart)


10.4% ROS

14.8% ROI


of revenue from eco-premium solutions

RD&I investments have resulted in 17 percent of revenue derived from ecopremium solutions with customer benefits

Eco-premium solutions with customer benefits
% of revenue

Specialty Chemicals – Eco-premium solutions with customer benefits, % of revenue (bar chart)


3.6 million tons

upstream CO2(e) emissions

92,000 TJ

energy use

We continue to improve efficiency by reducing our energy use per ton of production, and are working towards improving our share of renewable energy. We continue to improve the environmental footprint of our operations by focusing on operational eco-efficiency

3.6 million tons

CO2(e) emissions own operations

59 kilotons

total waste


2.2 million tons

downstream CO2(e) emissions

9.4 million tons

CO2(e) emissions cradle-to-grave


increase CO2(e) per ton of sales from 2012 cradle-to-grave carbon footprint


Employee safety is a key priority and we are actively driving towards a reduction in the number of incidents

Total reportable rate of injuries
per million hours

Specialty Chemicals – Total reportable rate of injuries, per million hours (bar chart)


€758 million

employee benefits


employee engagement score

We highly value, and actively work on improving, employee engagement. We’re investing in training and development and continue to work on a more diverse workforce


employees at year-end 2014

We participate in community programs and local sponsorships