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The most important asset of any great company is its people. At Ashland, we extend that mindset beyond our walls and into the wider world. It’s part of our community outreach, supplier agreements, capital deployment, and customer relationships. As lifelong passionate problem solvers, we know diversity is a competitive advantage, that having more, and different voices, leads to better solutions and that equity is the lifeblood of any excellent reputation. 

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Our engagement with people and communities inside and outside the company starts with respect for the health and welfare of humankind. We are committed to sharing the actions behind our intent through clear and measurable programming with employees, suppliers, customers and communities. Areas of focus include community engagement, human rights, as well as inclusion and diversity. 
  

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responsible consumption and production

  • planet-positive-approach
  • R&D that focuses on the life cycle of our products, including up and downstream impacts
  • with an eye toward protecting the planet, reducing our environmental impact and ultimately, going beyond carbon neutrality to a truly sustainable business model
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waste and hazardous materials management

  • we are a responsible care company. we recognize and strive to mitigate and continuously reduce our manufacturing risk
  • we have robust management systems that ensure we are operating responsibly and transparently
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product design and lifecycle management

  • innovating new products holistically with planet-positive and cradle to grave consideration including upcycling and circularity models that proactively help customers manage the entire lifecycle of a product
  • from inception through the engineering, design, and manufacture, through service and disposal, reuse or natural breakdown in the environment, every product must be accounted for at every stage of its life
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environmental footprint

  • we manage, track adn have targets to reduce our manufacturing footprint, through renewable energy and energy efficient projects
  • we engage with our manufacturing team to identify creative solutions that drive towards lean manufacturing and continuous improvement
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innovation and technology

  • we are at the forefront of the design, synthesis and production of specialty additives and ingredients essential to everyday life
  • innovative, planet-positive approach to answering our customers most complex challenges
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climate change risks and management

  • we have committed to setting science based targets to continue to reduce our emissions as a part of the broader global initiative
  • we are assessing and responding to climate risk in our operations and supply chain - we recognize that responding to this will be an important part of our long term business continuity
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business model resilience

  • responsibly innovating; focused and value-generating even amidst a volatile economy, disrupted supply chains, and rising raw material costs
  • high engagement with customers and industry ecosystems to customize, invest and explore new growth initiatives
  • delivering consistent and reliable value for stakeholders
  • strong innovation culture and capabilities
  • aligned technology portfolio where environment, social and governance (ESG) is a growth and innovation opportunity
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customer privacy and data security

  • we have measures in place to identify and address cyber risk
  • we routinely train and exercise our employee awareness of cyber risk to ensure that everyone understands the importance of taking steps to protect our customer data
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transparency

  • credibility over time builds trust and that trust only comes from clear transparency in everything we do
  • steadfast adherence to core values to avoid conflicts of interest and consistently track and hone accounting practices
  • BOD members, committees and ESG work groups focused on ESG transparent management systems
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governance structures / mechanisms

  • we have an effective and active governance structure adn ESG is integrated into our board and senior leadership activities and oversight
  • our employee and leadership compensation is tied to our sustainability performance to drive ownership, accountability and continued success in our initiatives
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product and service safety and quality

  • manufacture and deliver of safe products and solutions for customer and the environment
  • employing Good Manufacturing Practice principles in personal care and life sciences
  • minimizing quality risk through robust risk assessment and mitigation
  • increasing natural, nature derived, biodegradable and sustainable in use product solutions
  • eliminating or reducing hazardous chemicals through innovative processing and manufacturing of products
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ethical corporate behavior

  • we strive to be transparent and ethical in all that we do. We have a robust system of ethics and compliance controls that ensure we are operating in a legal and fully ethical manner
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employee health and safety

  • continued commitment to a zero-incident culture with a focus on driving toward ZERO in the areas of Safety, Process Safety and Asset Integrity and Reliability
  • robust management systems that ensure internal transparency and accountability within key EH&S focus areas
  • we believe that participation in local ecosystems comes with a responsibility to make things better, not just for today's population, but for generations to come
  • the Ashland Responsible Solvers program is a social-focused, worldwide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program that, when coupled with locally guided volunteerism, puts the power of our people and products in the hands of the communities where we live, work and play
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human rights

  • we hold ourselves and our suppliers to high standards and do not tolerate any form of human rights violations
  • we engage with our suppliers in programs like the sustainable guar initiative to empower communities towards healthy and sustainable growth
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inclusion & diversity, employee engagement

  • intelligent, dedicated employees solving complex challenges to have a positive impact on our customers, consumers, and planet
  • focus on inclusion and diversity within our workforce, strengthening our team through an open and diverse workplace culture
  • continuously reassessing workforce engagement to develop and retain a committed workforce
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community engagement

  • we believe that participation in local ecosystems comes with a responsibility to make things better, not just for today's population, but for generations to come
  • the Ashland Responsible Solvers program is a social-focused, worldwide science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program that, when coupled with locally guided volunteerism, puts the power of our people and products in the hands of the communities where we live, work and play
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Ethical employment, fair wage practices, diversity of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, background and experience, and business-focused philanthropy that puts the power of our people and products in the hands of our communities, all contribute to Ashland’s long-term success. We believe that a conscious commitment to treating employees, partners, and customers well unlocks innovation across every discipline and geography. It is the blueprint behind our responsible solvers™ program and why we are proud to responsibly solve for a better world. 

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featured programs

social programs and employee resource groups

item is STEM and sustainable guar farming

STEM and sustainable guar farming

Ashland partnered with the Sengal Foundation on a pilot program for the sustainable farming of guar in Rajasthan, India.

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item is Ashland international women's network (AWIN)

Ashland international women's network (AWIN)

We envision Ashland as a gender inclusive company where women feel inspired and empowered to achieve their full potential.

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item is greenlight4girls

greenlight4girls

As a philanthropic partner for greenlight4girls, Ashland is helping make a difference in a young girl’s future and we are excited to share how our support is enabling greenlight4girls to change the game for girls in STEM and inspiring the girls we reach to dream bigger.

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item is Ashland pride allies network (APAN)

Ashland pride allies network (APAN)

We envision Ashland as a welcoming organization where people of all sexual orientations and gender identities can be their true selves and feel empowered.

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item is internaltional women's day

internaltional women's day

Each year, Ashland recognizes women employees for their outstanding and noteworthy contributions to the company’s bottom line.

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STEM across the regions

item is STEM in China

STEM in China

In China, our focus on STEM includes the personal care formulation competition for college students and other programs for students.

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item is STEM in EMEA

STEM in EMEA

In EMEA, our focus on STEM includes providing students with opportunities through internships, tours and training.

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item is STEM in India

STEM in India

In India, our focus on STEM includes providing support for sustainable farming and refurbishing local schools.

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item is STEM Latin America

STEM Latin America

In Latin America, our focus on STEM includes programs in Brazil and Mexico.

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item is STEM in North America

STEM in North America

In North America, our focus on STEM includes the sponsorship of Jacqueline Means and other programs for students.

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item is STEM in Rest of Asia

STEM in Rest of Asia

In the Rest of Asia, our focus on STEM includes the Ashland bursary and internship programs.

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