The Platinum medal we were awarded in 2020 ranks the Group among the top 1% most socially responsible out of the 75,000 companies rated by EcoVadis. This recognition underscores the efforts our people make to support Imerys in its CSR commitments. We integrate areas for improvement recommended by EcoVadis into our action plans. Moreover, we apply them within our own processes, as well as to our relationships with our partners so as to improve social and environmental impact throughout the value chain.
EcoVadis experts analyze a company’s CSR practices in relation to the industry sector, the size and the geographic location of the company. Businesses are given a score out of 100 which takes into account their CSR policies, actions and results. The score is based on 21 environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria, which are broken down into four main areas:
These criteria correspond to international standards, such as ILO (International Labor Organization) conventions, the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact, the GRI Standards for global sustainable development reporting and the ISO 260004 standard.
The analysis methodology is based on management indicators and external sources of information from various stakeholders. An international scientific committee monitors the quality of the EcoVadis process.
The scores obtained by Imerys reflect our continuous efforts to improve our performance in terms of social and environmental responsibility.
EcoVadis-certified since 2014, our Group has seen its rating constantly improve over the past few years. In 2019, we moved from Silver to Gold—the top category at the time—entering the 5% top-rated companies.
In August 2020, Imerys was awarded the EcoVadis Platinum medal, which corresponds to a score above 73 points and distinguishes the top 1% most socially responsible companies assessed. This new rank rewards our employees’ efforts to integrate social and environmental concerns into all aspects of our business.
EcoVadis certification is valid for one year, encouraging us to improve our CSR practices continuously to maintain the rating.
Imerys ranks among the top 1% most socially responsible companies
Here are some examples of sustainable initiatives that have enabled us to improve our score in each of the four areas examined by EcoVadis:
• Environment: our targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions have been approved by the Science Based Targets (SBTi) initiative. We have also moved forward with the implementation of our biodiversity program as part of our act4nature commitments.
• Social and human rights: we have strengthened practices that foster the health and well-being of our employees. Imerys' ‘‘Diversity and Inclusion’ charter and its associated three-year program promote actions, awareness and transparency with regard to these crucial matters
• Ethics: new policies we launched in 2020 define guidelines for developing constructive and sustainable local partnerships taking into account specific cultural and socio-economic factors. This initiative reflects our desire to contribute to the development of local communities and to the protection of the environment in the locations where we operate. We have also established a grievance procedure for local populations.
• Sustainable procurement: In order to improve the sustainability of its supply chain, Imerys is implementing EcoVadis assessment for its suppliers.
All of the above initiatives form part of our CSR ‘SustainAgility’ program. Our ambition is clear: to unlock the sustainable potential of minerals.
Imerys has installed photovoltaic panels at several operational sites to supply electricity to local communities.
As world leader in mineral specialties for industry, we take our responsibility for social and environmental issues very seriously. As part of its sustainable purchasing approach, Imerys encourages its suppliers to undertake EcoVadis certification in order to analyze their own CSR policy, actions and results. We support them in this process, helping them to identify areas for improvement and to progress in these areas.
EcoVadis rating enables us to rely on solid, reliable partners who are aligned with the Imerys Code of Conduct and Ethics and who meet our Supplier ESG criteria. Pooling our efforts is key to boosting the social and environmental performance of the entire value chain. Hence, increasing the proportion of our suppliers who are EcoVadis-certified is one of our CSR objectives
Imerys employees who wish to receive the coronavirus vaccine are being supported to do so, as the Group works with its people, local communities and local authorities to navigate the pandemic safely.
Imerys is demonstrating its confidence in its sustainability roadmap by linking its financing strategy to its sustainability ambitions.
50 houses in Argentina have already been constructed with a new type of bricks made with 90% perlite residue - this is a perfect illustration of applying circular economy to the mineral industry.