GLOBE-Net, November 29, 2012 – DuPont has released its 2012 Sustainability Progress Report, marking the company’s 20th year reporting on its progress against its sustainability goals.
“We remain focused on sustainable growth using a holistic approach that is fully integrated into our business models,” said Linda J. Fisher, vice president and chief sustainability officer (pictured below).
“In the beginning, our focus included human safety and environmental protection. More recently, sustainability has become a market-driven business priority throughout our value chains.
“DuPont delivers advanced, innovative materials and processes that are critical to an evolving global economy,” Fisher said.
“We are focused on addressing the key food, energy and protection challenges of a growing global population. We continue to look for opportunities to work with our customers and other key stakeholders to provide more sustainable solutions.”
Earlier this year DuPont committed $10 billion by 2020 to research and development on its nutrition and agriculture pipeline and plans to launch 4,000 new products by the end of 2020 to produce more food, enhance nutrition and improve farming sustainability worldwide.
At the Rio+20 Conference, DuPont followed up with another announcement, listing its new energy efficiency goal as part of the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
Last year, DuPont generated revenue of $1.9 billion from products that help consumers reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Much of the revenue growth was in photovoltaics and engineering polymers used in light weighting of vehicles.
DuPont estimates that these products have reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its supply chains by over 15.8 million metric tons from 2007 to 2011, equivalent to taking 3.1 million passenger cars off the road.
While the company’s GHG emissions were up slightly in 2011, overall they are 8 percent below an updated 2004 baseline year. DuPont continues to focus on identifying and implementing cost-effective greenhouse gas emission reduction opportunities at our facilities.
Fisher, a GLOBE 2012 Speaker, noted that DuPont is currently ahead of its commitment to hold water use flat with its 2004 levels and reduce its emissions of air carcinogens. (See GLOBE-Net article “An Interview with Linda Fisher Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont“)
“The company continues to report strong progress against our 2015 goal of certifying all sites under ISO 14001,” she stated. “We continue to transition our sales and marketing automobile fleet to leading technologies for energy efficiency.”
Fisher added, “Setting and reporting on these goals helps us integrate sustainability into our business strategy, improve our environmental performance and provide positive sustainability benefits throughout our value chains. We are excited to see that the business of sustainability at DuPont has truly become business as usual.”
[stextbox id=”custom” float=”true” width=”200″ bcolor=”add3d5″ bgcolor=”add3d5″ image=”null”]”The next step in our sustainability journey is to prepare for tomorrow’s global population growth, focusing our efforts on solving major societal and environmental challenges in food, energy and protection. In this way, we are committed to helping future generations meet their needs in the areas where science can play a role.” Linda J. Fisher, vice president and chief sustainability officer, DuPont[/stextbox]
DuPont – one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals more than 20 years ago – has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment.
The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802.
The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.
For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.