The highest score increase was based on its sustainable procurement
Following two consecutive Gold ratings from sustainability ratings agency EcoVadis, Azelis has now been awarded with a Platinum rating, the highest distinction in the supplier sustainability rating scheme. With the Platinum grading, Azelis is in the top 1% of all companies assessed.
EcoVadis tests and rates the performance of companies in the areas of environmental protection, labour and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. The Platinum rating, which was introduced in 2020, is awarded to companies that receive an overall score between 73 and 100. Azelis has been assessed by the company since 2015.
Receiving the highest rating reinforces Azelis’ commitment to sustainability in the specialty chemicals and food ingredients industry. The highest score increase was based on its sustainable procurement, an improvement which the company attributes to its membership of ‘Together for Sustainability’ which plays a significant role in selection and evaluation of the supply chain.
Maria Almenar, Group Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) and Sustainability Director, said: “We’re proud to now receive Platinum making us the first global specialty chemicals and food ingredients distributor and innovation service provider to receive this rating. As a member of the ‘Together for Sustainability’ industry initiative, we ask our suppliers to undertake the EcoVadis assessments. With these assessments, we evaluate our business partners from a sustainability perspective which enables us to increase the sustainability of the chemical industry supply chain as a whole, setting us apart from our competitors. Through the tools offered by ‘Together for Sustainability’, we have strengthened our due diligence procedures for the evaluation of our suppliers, leading to an improvement of our score in the EcoVadis rating.”
Dr Hans Joachim Müller, Azelis CEO, said: “At Azelis, our focus on sustainability is an ongoing and exciting journey. Our efforts have been intensified and strengthened over the last year through the launch of ‘Action 2025’, our sustainability strategy, and all our actions with regards to our workforce, the planet, our communities, and through responsible business principles. By converting the sustainability aspirations of our principals and customers into innovative sustainable solutions, we want to make a difference and contribute to a more sustainable future. This Platinum rating would not be possible without the efforts being made every day by every single Azelis colleague to enable a better, safer and more interconnected world.”
The company will release a sustainability report 2020 later this month.