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Sustainable development


Sustainable development

Sustainable development

Our Sustainable Development policy supports the Group’s long-term strategy. Taking into account the expectations of all of our stakeholders: employees, shareholders, customers, as well as neighboring communities is essential to preserve our long term licence to operate.

Message from the Chairman & CEO

"At Imerys, Sustainable Development is inseparable from our value creation strategy. Protecting the environment and biodiversity, developing relations of trust around our operations, complying with the highest standards of governance and ethics, and giving our employees career development opportunities are actions we must take for the long-term future of our businesses.

The Group’s ambitions for internal and external growth also mean we must be irreproachable in these areas. If we are not, how can we hope to obtain new operating permits or convince authorities and stakeholders to host our activities?

Our approach is built on a three-year plan adopted from the in-depth work of a number of senior managers. These senior managers are tasked not only with creating the strategy, but also with implementing it.

We measure our carbon emissions and our plants’ gas releases and water consumption with a view to their constant reduction. As regards safety, our determination is achieving results. Our lost-time accident rate is 1.51 per million hours worked, an improvement of almost 11% from 2011. In 2012, we kept up our action on safety, supported by the Imerys Safety System.

The bonds forged with neighboring communities grow stronger every year, as reflected in the many dynamic projects submitted by our operations for the Group Sustainable Development challenge.

To improve our performance still further, Imerys is implementing an operational excellence process that will require constant improvement of our Sustainable Development indicators. The Sustainable section of our website present our method and quantifies our success. Rather than boasting, this section is provided with the modesty that comes from realizing we still have a long way to go. Faced with this realization, the Executive Committee’s determination is unwavering, and the enthusiasm of all of the people in the Group gives us every confidence that we will meet the challenges ahead."

Gilles Michel



Our Sustainable Development policy supports the Group’s long-term strategy. Actions are guided by a three-year plan that sets goals for each of our areas of activity. The three-year plan also provides for gradual, continuous performance improvement.



Our Sustainable Development strategy is set by Imerys’ Executive Committee, based upon the recommendations of a Steering Committee that meets every quarter and represents different corporate functions. Three Executive Committee members have seats on the Steering Committee.

Enjeux environnementaux

Environmental focus

We work to reduce our environmental impact and use natural resources efficiently. We control our activities’ impact on the environment and set up management systems that allow us to improve our performance continuously.

Enjeux sociaux

Social Focus

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

Cas pratiques

Case Studies

From the implementation of a smart water recycling process in the United States, to effort made in Thailand to improve general levels of education, evidence of our commitment to Sustainable Development are numerous.



We monitor the rollout of our three-year plan for Sustainable Development through performance indicators defined by internal experts. Our Sustainable Development reporting covers all activities over which we exert operating control.



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

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