Management and Organization

To ensure that the new sustainability strategy is firmly enshrined in its organizational structure, Sika created a network of sustainability experts for products, systems and solutions, and for production in the individual regions. In 2013, this network started to develop ideas and plans for a raft of company-wide measures. In addition, all internal stakeholders were informed about the new sustainability strategy. In 2014, all employees will participate in the ongoing refinement and implementation of the sustainability measures.

The Sika Code of Conduct, by which all employees are bound, underwent revision in 2013 to incorporate the relevant sustainability principles. It states, among other things, that Sika under no circumstances tolerates any form of corruption, bribery or human rights infringements. Absolutely no leeway is allowed in respect of any breaches to the Code. Integrity, ethical and principled conduct, and adherence to the law are the foundation on which Sika’s impeccable reputation is built. This is what our customers and all other stakeholders – most notably, the Sika staff and shareholders – have rightly come to expect.

The Code of Conduct is available in the world’s major languages and is signed by each employee. The senior management teams at the individual subsidiaries are mandated to enforce compliance with the Code of Conduct and with all relevant laws and standards. To achieve this, they are required to operate an internal control system and critically assess the results of checks and inspections. Moreover, the management teams are expected to act as role models in respect of ethical conduct.
Sika also assumes responsibilities for the supply chain. Through its amendments to the Supplier Code of Conduct in 2013, the Group ensured that suppliers are fully informed of Sika’s ethical, ecological and social guidelines and expectations.

Inspections and audits are core elements of Sika’s comprehensive management system. They provide management at Group, regional and local company level with a regular, independent assessment as to whether all activities comply with official requirements as well as with Sika’s own internal guidelines, principles and risk management specifications. The inspections and audits thereby ensure the effectiveness of the relevant processes and controls at Sika.
The auditing process is centrally organized. Group Management is regularly informed about the planning of inspections and their results. In all, 110 audits were conducted at Sika in 2013 and associated improvements implemented wherever necessary. The audits covered all aspects of Sika’s business operations, including quality control, environment, safety, health, risk management, technology, compliance, IT security, suppliers and products.

To ensure that suppliers also meet the official requirements and labor standards, Sika calls on them to perform self-assessments and itself conducts supplier audits. As a supplier to major customers – particularly from the automotive and industrial sectors – Sika is itself often subject to external audits. These audits are designed to ensure compliance with international labor standards and prescribed quality, environment, safety and health criteria.

Sustainable development is not something that any company can pursue in isolation. That is why Sika actively seeks the involvement of stakeholders, such as employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders, authorities, governments and associations.

In developing its sustainability strategy, Sika consulted the principal stakeholders on what they considered to be the most important sustainability issues. Selection of the strategic sustainability targets is thus based on both an internal and an external perspective.

Practical application of the “We give more than we take” principle necessitates soundly based data on both the impacts of the product-manufacturing process and the utility of the finished products. To this end, Sika in 2013 collected life-cycle data for its products, technologies and applications in accordance with the international life-cycle assessment (LCA ) standard ISO 14040. These data were then entered in a newly designed reference database.

This allows Sika, when developing new products and solutions, to compare their sustainability profiles with those of the existing range. Sika also launched several product safety databases in 2013. These contain information on the regulatory requirements together with details of the application safety of the individual products.

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