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Sustainability in the chemical distribution industry
Univar’s Sonia Pires outlines the company’s new U+stainability strategy

Director of SHE & Sustainability
Univar Europe, Brussels, Belgium

Sustainability is front of mind for businesses everywhere and the chemicals industry is no exception. The sourcing, manufacture,storage and distribution of chemicals creates a significant operational and environmental footprint and it is imperative thatwe, as responsible businesses, are aware of our impact on the world around us and work in a way that is as safe, efficient andenvironmentally friendly as possible.
Maintaining a sustainable business is not a luxury, it is a necessity, both ethically and operationally. As the World BusinessCouncil on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) observes: “The way a business acts and is perceived is crucial to its success.Accountability, ethics, transparency, social and environmental responsibility and trust are basic prerequisites for successfulbusiness and sustainable development”. ...