Brenntag’s commitment to sustainability: Leading the way in safety and environmental responsibility

Alok Sharman, Regional Director – South Asia & Managing Director – India, Brenntag, highlights the special initiatives taken by Brenntag for waste management, pollution reduction, and emission reduction

ET Edge Insights in an exclusive interview recently spoke to Alok Sharman, Regional Director – South Asia & Managing Director – India, Brenntag. The discussion focused on sustainability from the perspective of Brenntag, a global chemical market leader. Mr. Sharman shared the organization’s goals and their plans to achieve them. He emphasised that Brenntag aims to become the global leader in safety in all chemical distributions, and that sustainability is deeply ingrained in their culture – driven from the top by their global CEO and VP. He stressed that sustainability requires both individual and corporate efforts.

Regarding their goals, Brenntag aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025 and eliminate all greenhouse gases and emissions by 2045. They also strive to construct green buildings that consume 30% less energy. By 2025, they aim to ensure that all their suppliers have proper risk management practices.

Alok Sharman highlighted the special initiatives taken by Brenntag for waste management, pollution reduction, and emission reduction. They prioritize and encourage the use of electric vehicles for transportation to minimize carbon emissions. He emphasised the need for collective action to make a positive impact on the environment. He also mentioned the Carbon Management Program, an initiative in which Germany funds the initial investments to stop carbon emissions in Brenntag’s group of companies.

Moving on, Sharman discussed the five cultural pillars of Brenntag: excellence, safety, care, trust, and clarity. The organization recently celebrated a ‘Safety Day’, involving stakeholders, employees, and their families. They organized various activities throughout the day to engage and recognize their teams. Brenntag also supports a tribal school and a few old age homes, and actively participates in tree planting for environmental conservation.

Regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), Mr. Sharman emphasised Brenntag’s pride in being awarded six times as the best place to work, highlighting their inclusive work environment. The organization’s goal is to have 30% women employees by 2030.

Finally, he shed light on Brenntag’s involvement in sustainable product development and innovation. With a focus on food and nutrition, Brenntag operates 30 food and nutrition laboratories globally (including one in India), with the aim of promoting plant-based food. They also prioritize the use of recycled packaging and plan to establish the first green warehouse in India, contributing to their global sustainability efforts. In conclusion, Mr. Sharman believes that Brenntag, as a leader, can drive change and contribute to a greener and more responsible future.

Watch this insightful interaction to learn more about how organisations are adapting to sustainable practices for shaping a better future.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ET Edge Insights, its management, or its members

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