Kemira is committed to several external initiatives and actively participates in the work of a number of organizations and bodies, such as industry associations and proactive non-governmental business organizations.
Kemira Oyj is committed to the Responsible Care program by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA). Responsible Care is the chemical industry’s global voluntary initiative under which companies work together to continuously improve their health, safety, and environmental performance.
Kemira's Code of Conduct is in line with the OECD guidelines for multinational companies, including social, environmental and safety aspects. In 2012, Kemira updated its Code of Conduct in accordance with the OECD recommendations revised in 2011.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
WBCSD provides a platform for companies to explore sustainable development, and to share knowledge, experiences, and best practices. Kemira has joined the global coalition of some 200 companies from 35 countries dealing exclusively with business and sustainable development, and supports the platform by making its water management knowledge available to the council.
European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)
CEFIC is the main European trade association for the chemical industry, and Kemira’s CEO Wolfgang Büchele is Member of the Board.
Chemical Industry Federation of Finland (CIFF)
CIFF represents companies of the chemical industry and is concerned with business and industrial affairs and labor market policy. In 2012 Kemira was represented in the Board as well as in several committees, including for instance the energy and environment committees.
The Cleantech Finland program brings together top Finnish cleantech companies and experts. Kemira has become a member in the Cleantech Finland program in order to promote its water-related customer solutions, both for municipal water treatment as well as different industrial processes. In 2012, Kemira collaborated with Finnish universities promoting cleantech solutions.
Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG)
Kemira participates actively in BSAG's Commitment to Act. The commitment was initiated by BSAG, a neutral organization that was founded in March 2008 for the rescue of the Baltic Sea. Kemira's business activities have a direct impact in decreasing the wastewater load of the Baltic Sea.
Kemira is one of the main partners of the Finnish Millennium Technology Prize, which is worth EUR 1,000,000 and awarded every other year. Kemira’s objective is to promote Finnish know-how in the field of chemistry.
Kemira supports ChemistryLab Gadolin, which operates as part of the Center for Chemistry Education (Kemma) within the Department of Chemistry at the University of Helsinki, Finland. ChemistryLab Gadolin's activities support the learning and teaching of chemistry by expanding the knowledge of chemistry education and research, and the chemical industry.
Cluster for Energy and Environment (CLEEN Ltd) and Forestcluster Ltd
The Strategic Centers for Science, Technology and Innovation (SHOK) established in Finland are public-private partnerships for speeding up innovation processes. CLEEN was established within SHOK to facilitate research in the fields of energy and environment. Kemira is one of CLEEN’s shareholder companies, facilitating the processes for choosing strategic research areas at CLEEN. Kemira also contributes to the forest sector’s strategic center Forestcluster Ltd, which is one of Finland’s six SHOK centers.
Finnish Water Forum (FWF)
FWF is a joint network of the Finnish private and public water sectors, consolidating water knowledge to find solutions for global water challenges. Together with commercial enterprises, governmental and non-governmental organizations, scientific institutions, and water-related associations, Kemira is a member of FWF, currently holding the position as Vice Chairman of the Board.