Sustainable Operations

Increasing our Sustainability
From Procurement to Production

As a global organization with more than 300,000 products, and employing 50,000 people across more than 65 countries, we understand how important it is to commit to managing our own environmental impact, and to extend that commitment throughout our supply chain.

Harnessing the Power of Data

A true commitment to environmental goals means constantly assessing and reassessing our progress. To measure environmental performance and improvements, we use an array of tools—from the ISO14001 environmental management framework to site-level monthly data collection in our CRedit360 database, which provides a 360-degree view on environmental performance.

Dynamic dashboards offer near real-time snapshots of greenhouse gas emissions, water use and waste generation. These dashboards inform site-level and business-level performance scorecards, which are reviewed monthly by our Operations leadership team to help drive improvement in these areas—amongst others—both from the bottom-up and top-down.


Through EDISON—another one of our global flagship programs—we bring all of our energy reduction and climate protection activities under one roof.This fosters the sharing of best practices across divisions—and across our facilities worldwide—which helps drive a continuous improvement culture.

Each year, we allocate €10 million across our global businesses to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy, and process emission reduction projects under the EDISON program. Since 2012, we've supported more than 450 projects enterprise-wide—including a state-of-the-art Biomass Central Heat Plant in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, which offset the annual consumption of more than 400,000 gallons of oil by using renewable feedstocks and also implemented a water reuse program where water is used up to 3 times before it is discharged.


Biomass Central Heat Plant, Jaffrey, New Hampshire

GoalEliminate oil consumption

MethodConvert to renewable biomass feedstock

Oil Usage Reduced 0

  • Jeffrey Whitford

    “We have realized the greatest impact comes not from just within our own walls, but in enabling our millions of customers in more than 160 countries to accelerate the impact sustainability can have globally.”

    Jeffrey Whitford



  • Christopher Famolare

    “To us, streamlined operations means producing top-quality products in the most efficient way possible, with minimal use of energy, water and waste. We are working towards a future in which the ‘waste’ of one process can be the raw material input for another process.”

    Christopher Famolare

    EIT, CEM, CEA, Global Manager of Sustainable Operations


  • Jacqueline Hollands

    “Through our industry-first recycling programs, we’re tackling the challenging waste stream of single-use plastics and offering an end-of-life solution for our plastic products. As a result, we empower customers to contribute to a circular economy and reduce their own environmental footprint.”

    Jacqueline Hollands

    global manager, customer sustainability solutions


  • Natalie Randolph

    “It’s incredible to see first-hand how the interactive science experiments inside our Curiosity Cube© mobile science lab can positively impact students’ lives-uncovering ‘aha!’ moments and helping them see what possibilities lie ahead.”

    Natalie Randolph

    Curiosity Cube® coordinator


  • Melissa Hackmeier

    “To make the greatest impact in our communities around the world, we tap the passion of our employees and partner with organizations who share our drive to support the scientists of today and tomorrow.”

    Melissa Hackmeier

    head of employee and community engagement


  • Annie Mayrose

    “Our employee and community engagement strategy connects the heart, hands, and expertise of our global employees with the know-how of local organizations to inspire scientific solutions for future generations.”

    Annie Mayrose

    Business Partner, Corporate Responsibility, Employee & Community Engagement



We’re going above and beyond with our new and renovated buildings by: increasing energy efficiency above code requirements; incorporating renewable energy systems; improving recycling volume; and reducing waste and water consumption, all in an effort to minimize the building's lifetime environmental impact.

Bangalore, India
LEED® Gold Facility

  • A facade and window boxes minimize heat gain and, in turn, reduce the demand for air conditioning.

  • Fly-ash bricks and under-deck insulation improve building performance.

  • Energy consumption is 11 percent lower when compared to a standard building.

  • Indoor air quality is improved with ventilation rates 30 percent above the ASHRAE 62.1 standard.

  • Overall water use is reduced by 40 percent when compared to a standard building.

Water & Waste Management

With best-in-class waste management practices—customized recycling programs, beneficial reuse and other solutions—we’re bringing sustainability into manufacturing. We also analyze water practices at each of our sites to support responsible water usage, with a particular focus on reducing usage in water-stressed areas. In fact, all sites over 70,000 cubic meters in size must develop a water management plan.

Our overall goal:

10% water consumption reduction by 2020.

Compared to the 2014 baseline.

Sustainability Incentive Programs

We encourage employees to live sustainably through all aspects of their lives, and offer a number of programs to encourage that lifestyle. In the U.S., we offer incentives to employees who install a solar photovoltaic or solar hot water system, conduct a home energy audit, or purchase or lease a hybrid or electric vehicle. In addition, many of our facilities throughout the world offer electric vehicle charging, most at no cost to the employee. To date 68 EV charging ports have been added to our facilities.