Where there is potential for environmental or social harm, lack of certainty cannot be accepted as a reason for inaction. At Univar we believe that use of the precautionary principle is a key directive of responsible environmental and social governance and is an important factor in the journey towards a more sustainable future.
Our transparent and honest culture encourages the application of the precautionary principle. We evidence this commitment in part through our global sustainability goals, committing to action, which will reduce our contribution to global climate change and address remediation.
Although applying the precautionary principle means taking action despite scientific uncertainty, it does not negate the need for, or value of, pursuing a risk-based approach – remaining informed by the best available information and taking into account uncertainties. Our dedicated Risk Management team and Environment, Health and Safety department take the lead on assessing the potential for environmental harm and taking preventative measures where possible, erring on the side of caution where extensive scientific knowledge of risks is lacking.