The strong performance of Sika is founded on the company’s entrepreneurial philosophy and the Sika Spirit, which is a synonym for the set of five values and principles that make up the DNA and culture of the company: Customer First, Courage for Innovation, Sustainability & Integrity, Empowerment & Respect, and Manage for Results.
The Sika Growth and Sustainability Strategies are closely linked to each other: the Sika Growth Strategy 2023 ensures long-term success and profitable growth; while the Sustainability Strategy “More Value – Less Impact” 2023 pursues six strategic target areas, focusing on Climate Performance, Energy, Waste/Water, Community Engagement, Occupational Safety, and Sustainable Solutions.
The implementation of the Sustainability Strategy across the Group is proceeding successfully and performance for 2021 shows an improvement in all six target areas.1
1 Excluding the impact of leased vehicles fuel.
reduction of CO2eq emissions per ton sold (Scope 1 and 2). The emission of greenhouse gases was reduced significantly to 17.6 kg per ton sold, a reduction of 2.0 kg compared to 2020.
reduction in water consumed per ton sold. The amount of water used per ton sold declined to 0.20 m3.
community engagement projects than in the previous year.
In 2022, Sika will continue its sustainability journey as presented in the roadmap below, maintaining a focus on net zero with a Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) commitment in the second half of 2022.
“Sustainability drives innovation and permeates our entire organization. It is both a mindset guiding us to be more respectful and resourceful in all our endeavors and a prerequisite for us to move towards the world of tomorrow. We aim to create added value for all stakeholders – with our sustainable solutions, close collaboration along the entire value chain, active community engagement, and our highly motivated and dedicated employees.”
Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer
Sika Chief Innovation and
In 2021, Sika nominated Patricia Heidtman as the new Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer and member of Group Management. Combining leadership for Innovation and Sustainability will allow Sika to accelerate the integration of sustainability within the organization at all levels, and to become a leader within its industry.
Identification of Strategic Targets
At Sika, sustainability has long been a core element of its strategy, business operations and corporate culture. Sika’s Sustainability Strategy is therefore linked to its corporate strategy and encompasses six targets that cover the environmental, social, governance/economic dimensions. These targets were identified through the Materiality Analysis conducted in 2018 and contribute to eight of the 17 goals of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UN SDGs).
Explore Sika’s Strategic Targets and the related 2021 performance.
- Water Management
- Waste Management
- Circular Economy
- Energy Management
- GHG Emissions
- Environmental Compliance
- Supplier Compliance
We run our business in a responsible way and mitigate climate change and its impacts.
|–12%||reduction of CO2eq emissions per ton sold (scope 1 and 2)|
–10.1% reduction of CO2eq emissions per ton sold (scope 1 and 2)1. The emission of greenhouse gases was reduced significantly to 17.6kg per ton sold, a reduction of 2.0 kg compared to 2020. Compared to baseline 2019: –34.6%
1 Based on market-based GHG emissions.
We manage resources and costs carefully.
|–15%||less energy consumption per ton sold|
|Increase share of electricity from renewable energy sources|
+7.7% increase in the energy consumption per ton sold. Energy consumption per ton sold increased by 22 MJ to 308.1 MJ, due to the inclusion of leased vehicle fuel. Compared to baseline 2019: –15.1%
52.3% of purchased electricity was derived from renewable sources. This was a significant rise compared to the prior-year figure (+28.2% points)
We increase material and water efficiency.
|–15%||less waste generation per ton sold|
|+25%||higher recycling rate of total waste|
|–15%||less water consumption per ton sold|
–9.6% less waste per ton sold. The volume of waste was reduced to 11.2kg per ton sold. Compared to 2020: –20.5%
33.9% of the waste generated was recycled, a stable figure compared to 2020 (35.3%). Compared to baseline 2019: +/–0%
–9.7% reduction in water consumed per ton sold. The amount of water used per ton sold declined to 0.20 m3. Compared to baseline 2019: –42.6%
- Employee Education and Training
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Customer Health and Safety
- Human Rights and Labor Standards
- Supplier Compliance
- Local Community Engagement
We build trust and create value – with customers,
communities, and society.
|10,000||working days of volunteering work|
|+50%||more direct beneficiaries|
1,392 working days of employees were dedicated to volunteering work, an increase of +24.4% compared to prior year.
242 projects were carried out in and for local communities, +32.2% more projects than in the prior year. Compared to baseline 2019: +63.5%
44,188 direct beneficiaries of the Community Engagement Program. Compared to baseline 2019: +469.1%
Sika employees leave the workplace healthy.
|–50%||Lost Time Accidents|
256 Lost Time Accidents, a +11.3% increase compared to prior year. Compared to baseline 2019: –1.9%
Zero fatalities among Sika employees and contractors.
- Business Integrity
- Customer Relationship and Satisfaction
- Sustainable Solutions and Innovation
- Product Quality and Reliability
- Economic Performance
We are leading the industry by pioneering a comprehensive portfolio of customer-focused solutions, combining both higher performance and improved sustainability.
|All new product developments with “Sustainable Solutions”|
When it comes to product development, Sika combines higher performance with additional sustainability benefits.
The materiality assessment conducted in 2018 contributed to the definition of the strategic target areas for the Strategy 2019–2023 and the selection of topics for the Sustainability Report. In 2021, Sika conducted a new materiality assessment which will provide the basis for the definition of the Strategy 2028. The Board of Directors will officially approve the new Materiality Matrix 2022 during the first half of year 2022.