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Sustainable development


Sustainable development

Sustainable development

Our Sustainable Development policy supports the Group’s long-term strategy whilst taking into account the expectations of all of our stakeholders to preserve our long term licence to operate.

The Group’s international scale and mineral-based business give it a unique stakeholder profile consisting of employees, contractors, communities, suppliers and customers. Sustainable Development (SD) is an essential component of Imerys’ long term strategy to support growth while promoting social responsibility, environmental stewardship, corporate governance and business ethics.

The Group's SD strategy is reviewed every three years. For the 2015-2018 period, 10 high priority axes covering the relevant important material issues were identified in three domains:

▪ the social domain includes four priority axes: safety and health, human resources, communities, and human rights.

▪ the environmental domain includes four high priority axes: environmental management systems, resources efficiency, biodiversity and green innovation.

▪ the governance domain includes two high priority axes: corporate governance, business code of conduct and ethics.

Imerys has neither operation involved in conflict minerals, nor operating sites. Imerys' activities have no material issues of acid drainage, dangerous residue, soil and groundwater contamination, polychlorinated biphenyls, ozone-depleting substances, volatile organic compounds or persistent organic pollutants.

At each stage of our reporting process we strive to continuously improve our processes. Discover our methodology.

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Our Sustainable Development policy supports the Group’s long-term strategy.



Set by Imerys’ Executive Committee, our Sustainable Development strategy is based upon the recommendations of a Steering Committee.

Enjeux environnementaux

Environmental focus

Environmental impact reduction, efficient use of natural resources, we control our activities’ impact on the environment.

Enjeux sociaux

Social Focus

Health and Safety, Human Resources, Ethic, and dialogue with our neighboring communities are among our main corporate social responsibility priorities.



From the implementation of a water recycling process in the United States, to efforts in Thailand to improve general levels of education, evidence of our commitments are numerous.

SDR 2016
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