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Embedding sustainable practices and thinking into our business practices
At Univar Solutions, we work to integrate a sustainability mindset throughout our organizational structure, including our processes, infrastructure and culture. We believe that good corporate governance is a critical factor in achieving business success and in fulfilling our responsibilities to stockholders.
Learn more about our organizational structure and how we embed sustainable practices and thinking into business practices for meaningful actions.
Our organizational structure
To ensure we are tracking ESG progress, delivering on our strategic goals, and making meaningful contributions, Univar Solutions’ governance groups include the Board of Directors’ Governance and Corporate Responsibility (GCR) Committee, our Executive Committee, our Global Sustainability Council, and our Regional Sustainability Working Groups. Together, our committees are driving the change necessary to be a sustainable leader in chemical and ingredient distribution.
Board of Directors’ Governance and Corporate Responsibility (GCR) Committee
At the highest level, the Board maintains oversight of the company’s strategy and its Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) processes and programs, which include ESG and climate risks. Corresponding risk mitigation plans are presented to the Board semi-annually.
The GCR Committee meets quarterly to oversee progress and advance our strategies toward achieving our global ESG goals, including the actions, risks and opportunities associated with climate change. This committee reviews and monitors all policies and activities that support Univar Solutions’ broader ESG strategy.
Univar Solutions’ Executive Committee
Our Executive Committee internally oversees Univar Solutions’ broader ESG strategy, as directed by Jen McIntyre, our Chief People and Culture Officer and Senior Vice President, and Noelle Perkins, our General Counsel, Chief Risk Officer, and Secretary.
The committee is actively engaged in contributing to and overseeing progress against our global ESG goals. Examples of the Committee’s engagement from the past year include:
- Reviewing safety and environmental performance monthly, including injuries, incidents and ongoing improvement activities
- Conducting diverse talent reviews to give senior leaders visibility into some of our top gender- and ethnically-diverse talent
- Supporting our team’s alignment of community engagement efforts into three areas: volunteering, donations and advocacy
Global Sustainability Council
In 2021, we strengthened the responsibility and ownership of key ESG topics at Univar Solutions by building sustainability committees. These new committees enable robust governance that drives the integration of our current and future sustainability strategies into our everyday business.
The Global Sustainability Council is a group of senior leaders across the business accountable for supporting the implementation of our strategic ESG priorities. The council reviews our progress with ESG, presenting the Board’s GCR Committee updates quarterly.
Regional Sustainability Working Groups
Regional Sustainability Working Groups drive the tactical planning and delivery of our integrated ESG journey.