Azelis, a leading distributor of speciality chemicals and food ingredients, is delighted to announce that the corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance of the group has been recognised with the EcoVadis Gold rating, achieving a position in the top 1% distributors assessed by this organisation and obtaining an Advanced rating for its CSR engagement. EcoVadis is an independent rating agency who provides Supplier Sustainability Ratings for global supply chains using a CSR assessment methodology that covers 180 purchasing categories, 150 countries, and 21 CSR indicators.
“Obtaining the Gold rating, which is the highest possible status, confirms that our CSR performance is evolving and improving every year and that CSR is truly embedded throughout our processes and practices. This accolade is an appraisal of the group-wide efforts and commitments to install the same high standards for performance across all regions in which we operate. All teams and functions worked hard towards the same goal and we will take a moment to celebrate this great achievement. It is an important motivation to stay on this track and continue creating a positive impact on improving fair business practices, labour practices, environment and sustainable procurement globally and to set an example for others”, said Ms. María Jesús Almenar Martin, Head of Azelis group Safety, Health, Environment and Quality who is leading CSR at Azelis.
The EcoVadis overall score (0-100) reflects the quality of the company's CSR performance at the time of the assessment. To obtain the Gold rating, a company must score between 62 and 100. Azelis achieved 68 points, an 8-point increase in a year’s time. Azelis is now in the top 1% of distributors assessed by EcoVadis and top 2% of suppliers in all categories.
Dr. Hans Joachim Müller, Azelis CEO, added: “Azelis is committed to working with its partners to create value and grow together in a sustainable way. As a global business, with operations across America, Asia Pacific and EMEA, Azelis takes its responsibilities very seriously, always looking for new ways to make a positive impact on society and minimise its footprint, whilst delivering the best possible products and services. A positive rating from EcoVadis is not only essential to us but also to our partners who often expect an independent and external review of our CSR performance. The EcoVadis Gold rating further encourages us to be a transparent and sustainable partner for our employees, customers and suppliers. This fantastic score for our CSR performance is yet another proof of how we strive for excellence in all we undertake and how the passion and dedication of the Azelis community makes us stand out.”