This is my first opportunity as President and CEO to welcome you to a Univar sustainability report. Sustainability is something close to my heart as I commissioned Univar’s first sustainability report for our UK business in 2007, which was entitled “Our Home, Our Responsibility.”
That is why one of my first actions as Univar’s President and CEO was to reaffirm our ongoing commitment to sustainability by writing to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and reaffirming Univar’s commitment to support the principles of the United Nations Global Compact.
Our commitment and support for these principles allow Univar to build on existing economic, ethical, environmental and social standards, while achieving further long-term sustainable growth. Furthermore, as a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, Univar will help drive more responsible and sustainable business, not only within our operations, but also throughout our supply chain.
This last year has been one of significant progress for Univar as a company and across our key areas of sustainability. Our focus on sustainable growth allows us to broaden our expectations and accelerate our progress through 2018 and beyond.
Throughout 2017, we were encouraged by our safety performance, which matched our 2016 achievements and allowed us to achieve another record year of safety at Univar. This industry-leading performance across our global operations is a testament to the dedication of our colleagues and visitors who operate in accordance with our safety expectations.
Our commitment to economic, environmental and social sustainability is unwavering. We remain focused on driving positive change within our business and our communities as we expand this approach throughout our supply chains.
This year and for the first time, I have requested that we publically publish Univar’s global sustainability goals. Known simply as our 2021 sustainability goals, the focus is on six key areas for sustainability.
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You will read more about these in the pages ahead and in future years. Meanwhile, I am proud to present the 2017 Univar sustainability report detailing our economic, environmental and social responsibility performance through the year. This report marks our third annual publication based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and references the latest version of the GRI Standards. This helps ensure our disclosures are as relevant, transparent and comprehensive as possible.
I hope that you, as a stakeholder, will continue to join us on our journey of continual improvement for a more sustainable future. At Univar, we understand our role and value transparent and collaborative relationships with all our stakeholders.
In this vein, I personally invite everyone to communicate their views with us on sustainability related issues. Please send these communications to our sustainability team at Sustainability@Univar.com.