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.
  • Recognized for our initiative, in partnership with UNICEF, to build restroom facilities in government-funded schools.
  • Awarded EcoVadis Gold Rating for our commitment to sustainable practices.
  • We were awarded International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) Plus Certification in 2023 for our plant in Italy.
Ecovadis Gold Rating 2023

Birla Carbon received a Gold rating by EcoVadis in FY2023.

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.


Progress against target


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Improve our leadership position in terms of carbon black production capacity

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On track to meet target

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

Business Continuity 2023

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

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On track to meet target


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100% of employees to receive Code of our Ethics training

Ethics 2023

2 FY2021 and FY2022 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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Reduce our direct CO2 emissions intensity by more than 22% against the 2005 baseline

Emissions 2023
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Behind schedule


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Increase our absolute energy conversion efficiency to 80%

Energy 2023

On track to meet target

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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) 3

Water 2023

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

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Behind schedule


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

Waste 2023
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On track to meet target


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Record zero environmental releases year on year

Environment 2023
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Behind schedule


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

Safety 2023
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Behind schedule

Employee Engagement

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Remain above the chemical industry annual benchmark for employee engagement (% engagement) 4

Employee Engagement 2023

4 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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Target met

Customer Loyalty

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Remain above the Net Promoter Score threshold of 355

Customer Loyalty 2023

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

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Target met and retained

Community engagement

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100% of our facilities to participate in community engagement

Community Engagement 2023
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Target met and retained

In our report you will find more information on:

  • How our sites are reducing CO2 emissions
  • The launch of Continua™ 8000, our first fully circular product
  • Our latest innovations
2023 Birla Carbon Sustainability Report

Access our previous reports

Take a look at our progress through the years with our reports, GRI and UNGC Indices.

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See how our culture of ingenuity brings sustainable solutions through partnerships and product developments.

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