Cognis Launches New Sustainability Internet Portal

What makes Cognis one of the leading experts in nature-based chemistry? How does this fact and the “Formula Nature” benefit manufacturers and consumers? And how does Cognis’ commitment to sustainability manifest itself in its day-to-day activities? On you can find the answers on more than 90 pages. This new sustainability portal has been set up by the global specialty chemicals supplier as part of its comprehensive sustainability management efforts. It provides customers, journalists and the general public with detailed and transparent background information, facts and figures, and case studies from the company’s operations. In addition, it also showcases new technologies and product innovations that will help Cognis’ customers to make their own businesses more sustainable.

At Cognis, sustainability is a central pillar of both the corporate philosophy and the business model, which is built around serving the global wellness and sustainability trends. And now Internet users can read in much more detail about the principles that guide Cognis’ activities in four areas (company, products, environment and people), how these are put into practice, and how this approach benefits both Cognis customers and society in general. The sustainability portal explains the relationship between general principles and specific policies, and between the company’s achieved market successes and future objectives. Key topics covered include the 24 Principles of Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, initiatives to reduce emissions and energy consumption, and case studies demonstrating how Cognis’ products and solutions are helping its customers to reduce their overall environmental footprint.

“In the past few years, many companies have discovered sustainability. For Cognis, it has always been at the heart of everything we do, since the day the company was founded,” says Richard Ridinger, Executive Vice President Cognis Care Chemicals and Chairman of the Cognis Sustainability Council. “Our new sustainability portal proactively communicates our stance on key issues such as environmental protection, corporate social responsibility and the management principles that guide our day-to-day activities. It also explains in considerable detail how sustainable innovations can help to achieve a better balance between environmental objectives and commercial success.”

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About Cognis
Cognis is a worldwide supplier of innovative specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients, with a particular focus on the areas of wellness and sustainability. The company employs about 5,600 people, and it operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. Cognis has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and delivers natural source raw materials and ingredients for food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Another main focus is on products for a number of other industries, such as coatings and inks, lubricants, as well as agriculture and mining.

Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2008, Cognis recorded sales of about 3 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (operating result) of 351 million euros.

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