Our progress

Sharing our progress and knowledge enables our stakeholders to share in the strength of our product as we continue to drive sustainability in the carbon black industry. Documenting our journey demonstrates our long-term commitments and promotes transparency.

Receiving industry-leading certifications

Birla Carbon remains the only carbon black multinational to receive IATF certification across all its manufacturing sites.

Nine Birla Carbon sites received a Gold Award from ICBA for their safety performance.

Ecovadis 2022 Platinum

Birla Carbon received a Platinum rating by EcoVadis in FY2022.

Supporting the progress of global goals

We recognize the importance of aligning with global targets such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, working in collaboration to achieve the greatest impact.

As recent signatories of the UN Global Compact, we are ensuring that our sustainability progress continues to be coordinated at a global level.

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Our targets and progress against them

To meet our vision to become the most respected, sustainable and dynamic global carbon black business, we have set key performance indicators (KPIs) to track our progress towards FY2030.

Target

Progress against target

Status

Business continuity/reputation

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Improve our leadership position in terms of carbon black production capacity

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On track to meet target

Business continuity

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Approximately double our annual capital spending against FY2012 baseline to reach $100M †

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† FY2021 capital spending was lower than normal due to the COVID‑19 pandemic.

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On track to meet target

Ethics

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100% of employees to receive Code of our Ethics training †

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† FY2021 saw a drop in the percentage of our employees receiving Code of Ethics training due to the COVID‑19 pandemic. We were unable to roll out the training to employees with no access to a computer.

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Behind schedule

Direct CO2 emissions

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Reduce our direct CO2 emission intensity (tCO2/tcarbon black) by more than 22% against 2005 baseline (percent carbon intensity reduction compared to 2005)

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Behind schedule

Energy

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Increase our absolute energy-conversion efficiency to 80% (total output energy (CO2eq)/total input energy (CO2eq))

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On track to meet target

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Water

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Reduce our water withdrawal intensity (m3 per tonne of carbon black) by 50% versus FY2013 baseline at our high- and medium-risk sites (water withdrawal intensity by year) †

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† KPI includes Hickok, Cubatão, Gummidipoondi, Alexandria, Weifang and Bahia.

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Behind schedule

Waste

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75% of waste repurposed, including recycling, reuse and recovery, by 2030

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On track to meet target

Environment

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Record zero environmental releases year on year †

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† In FY2018, we had two releases of carbon black/feedstock exceeding regulatory reporting limits to soil and one to air. The remaining releases were reported on a voluntary basis to regulatory authorities.

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Behind schedule

Safety

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Achieve zero recordable injuries year on year (employee and contractor Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR))

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Behind schedule

Talent Development

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100% of Birla Carbon managers to have stated and measured goals set annually (percent of managers by year)

Talent Development Progress
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On track to meet target

Employee Engagement

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Remain above the chemical industry annual benchmark for employee engagement (% engagement) †

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† This KPI was amended in FY2020 to exclude the results of the Team Vibes survey. It has also been modified to show results for calendar year rather than financial year, in line with Vibes survey timings.

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On track to meet target

Customer Retention

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Remain above the Net Promoter Score threshold of 35†

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† Net Promoter Scores range from -100 to +100.

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On track to meet target

Community engagement

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100% of our facilities to participate in community engagement

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On track to meet target

Read our FY2022 report for more information, including:

  • A detailed breakdown of our progress and goals to date
  • How we are contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Read our FY2022 report (PDF, 13.7 MB)
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