On Chemistry Can we show how the European chemical industry facilitates the transition to a more sustainable society

Europe is a hub for leading chemical companies, and a frontrunner in chemistry research and development. And across industries – from health, hygiene, construction, and mobility to agriculture and energy supply – chemicals are an essential ingredient, vital to a competitive business landscape, and an important part of the transition to a sustainable society.


The European chemical industry is strongly committed to the global framework consisting of the UN2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the Paris Climate Agreement. Together they provide a global framework for action that goes beyond regional borders.


How ChemistryCAN make the UN Sustainable Development goals a reality

This new global framework is an ambitious one, and meaningful progress requires a big shift in both mind-set and innovation, as well as a greater recognition of the economic opportunities on offer. To demonstrate our commitment, Cefic has formalised the Cefic Sustainability Charter.


How our Sustainability Charter can accelerate progress

The European chemical industry has a long history of acting on sustainability issues, building on the Responsible Care Programme and other sustainability initiatives. Our Charter, focusing on four pillars, serves as a pathway for change and a framework for cooperation. It will unify our actions and initiatives, and accelerate collaboration across the entire value chain. In doing so it can demonstrate the crucial enabling role of chemistry.

The Charter provides a framework through which Cefic facilitates dialogue with industry partners, society and governments, about how we can work together towards a sustainable future. It will inspire our activities by ensuring that we embed sustainability in all our programmes, that our objectives are aligned with societal and environmental needs, and by tracking and reporting on our progress.

Many of our members are already integrating sustainability into their business strategy. Through the Charter, we will continue to facilitate collaboration and sharing of best practice among our members, encouraging more and more chemical companies to include sustainability as an integral part of their corporate strategies.

Cefic will increase engagement with EU policymakers and opinion leaders, using the Charter as a framework for dialogue, to help policies take advantage of the full potential  of the industry in progressing  towards a sustainable future.

With these ambitions in mind, Cefic and its members will focus action and foster innovation in the four key interconnected areas reflected in the Cefic Sustainability Charter, all of which are critical in the transition towards a sustainable society: