Our Approach To Sustainability


At Univar Solutions, we believe that use of the precautionary principle is a key directive of responsible environmental and social governance and is an important factor in the journey toward a more sustainable future. We demonstrate this commitment through our global sustainability goals, which help us focus on reducing our contribution to global climate change while addressing remediation.

Commitment to sustainability

In 2018, we became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, reaffirming our ongoing commitments to responsible business.


We continue to implement the principles set out in our Global Sustainability Policy, working together in the spirit of our One Univar Guiding Principle to minimize environmental impacts and promote resource conservation.


To ensure that Univar Solutions maintains its course on the journey toward a more sustainable future, it is crucial that our efforts remain material and allow us to deliver value to all stakeholders.

To achieve our goals we are focused on addressing six key areas of responsibility:


Energy and emissions
Resource use
Responsible handling
Sustainable supply chain
Equality and diversity
And because we are Univar Solutions, we do everything safely and with integrity.

Embedded sustainability in everything we do

Our vision, mission and cultural values drive everything that we do. We are a purpose driven, values based company and as such, we are serious about safety, we are a place where people matter, where we are valuable to others, and we do what we say, so together we win.

Sustainability - Our Vision

Sustainability - Our Goals

Sustainability - Our Approach

We operate in line with the requirements and disclosures of the following external initiatives and associations, as appropriate for our global operations:

Goals to 2021

Our journey to a more sustainable future

Univar Solutions has established global sustainability goals around six of our key areas of responsibility. These goals mark a step forward in our journey to a more sustainable future, ensuring greater transparency, accountability, and measurability of our actions against our material topics.

Our goals listed below run through 2021, with performance evaluated through our specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound objectives. The baseline for our goals is from our 2016 reporting year, in which we achieved greater confidence in our data across all of our regions.

We will continue to monitor and review our progress against our goals through 2021, developing them as appropriate to ensure they continue to be material to our operational impacts as well as the demands of our stakeholders.

For details on our measurement of these goals and our progress against them, please visit our 2019 Sustainability Report.

Energy and Emissions

Minimize Univar Solutions' environmental impact by reducing energy use and associated emissions.


Continually improve Univar Solutions' proud safety record, protecting our workforce and demonstrating we are serious about safety.

Resource Use

Embed the principles of advancing a circular economy into our practices globally.

Sustainable Supply Chain

Lead on transparency in the supply chain as we responsibly manage and influence the environmental and social impacts of our suppliers.

Responsible Handling

Protect our people, communities, and the environment by leading a "zero release” culture to minimize major releases.

Equality and Diversity

Demonstrate Univar Solutions' commitment to providing equal opportunities to all employees, through training, education, and reporting.

Resources & Reporting

Key resources for our stakeholders

A key part of achieving continual improvement comes from cooperating and communicating with our colleagues, customers, suppliers, communities, and other stakeholders.

These resources are intended to inform our stakeholders of our achievements, practices, and material issues and are meant to share knowledge, improve performance, and reduce impacts.

We welcome all questions and discussions regarding sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Please contact us at [email protected] for additional information.

Reporting Resources