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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.

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 international scale and mineral-based business give it a unique stakeholder profile consisting of employees, contractors, communities, suppliers and customers.

Every three years, the Group reviews and develops its SD strategy. The most recent three-year planning process started in 2015. 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. Imerys has neither operation involved in Conflict Minerals, nor operating sites where artisanal and small-scale mining take place on, or adjacent to, the site.

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

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

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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.



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

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