Sustainability reporting scope

This is the second year as Kemira's annual sustainability reporting is prepared according to the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) reporting guidelines G3.1. Financial reporting has been prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The sustainability parts of the Annual and Sustainability Report are meant to be read in context with the Kemira Group Financial Statements 2012.

The Annual and Sustainability Report provides basic information about Kemira's economic, social and environmental performance from January 1 to December 31, 2012, unless otherwise stated.

The content of this report was reviewed and approved by Kemira Board of Directors in February 2013. The sustainability part of the Annual and Sustainability Report has been independently assessed by KPMG against the GRI principles for defining content and quality. KPMG has checked Kemira’s reporting according to the GRI G3.1 guidelines and confirmed it to represent application level B+.

Read the assurance statement.

Content of the report

Main principles applied in determining the scope and content of the report:

1. Relevance: emphasizing topics of importance for sustainability target setting

Based on the materiality analysis conducted in 2011, Kemira defined its sustainability priorities and targets in 2012. The sustainability target setting serves as the basis for the focus areas in Kemira’s sustainability reporting. The aim has been to give a transparent and holistic view on the current state performance related to the sustainability targets as well as on how Kemira measures its performance.

Read more about Kemira’s sustainability targets.

2. Comparability: ensuring data trends in environmental reporting

The purpose has been to preserve Kemira’s good performance in reporting on environmental and safety issues and secure the consistency (data trends) of reporting on environmental performance. For this reason, the reporting on the environmental performance has been changed as little as possible to ensure comparability with the reporting from previous years. A few modifications have been made to comply with the GRI guidelines, including more specific reporting of climate change and water-related matters.

3. Strategic context: focusing on water quality and quantity management

Kemira’s strategy of focusing on improving water-related processes through chemistry applications has shaped the content of the sustainability report. The focus is on water quality and quantity management both regarding customer processes and our own operations.

Coverage of the report and data collection

The same principles that are followed in Kemira's financial reporting (Annual and Sustainability Report: Financial Statements) apply to this report. Any deviations or limitations are reported in connection with the figures in question. Indicator reporting does not cover contractors or suppliers of goods and services, unless otherwise stated. The reporting boundary is the same as for the financial reporting.

During 2012, some smaller sites were closed, which decreased local emissions and risks, but did not cause any significant change on corporate level and did not affect the reporting on Kemira’s sustainability performance.


Description of the reporting scope and methods of data collection
Type of data Reporting scope Method fo data collection
Economic All Kemira operations (according to Kemira consolidation rules) Data is extracted from the Kemira ERP system and collected from Kemira consolidated companies. Consolidation on the Group level.
Environment: Materials; Products and Services, Transport All Kemira operations covered by the Kemira ERP* (according to Kemira consolidation rules) Data is extracted from the Kemira ERP system and R&D New Product Development (NPD) process documentation.
Environment: Energy; Water; Biodiversity; Emissions, Effluents and Waste; Compliance All Kemira production sites (included according to Kemira consolidation rules) Data is collected from each production site and consolidated on the Group level.
Social: Labor Practices and Decent Work All Kemira operations (according to Kemira consolidation rules) Data is collected from each region and site and consolidated on the Group level.
Social: Human Rights All Kemira operations (according to Kemira consolidation rules) Data is collected from the Kemira contract and Kemira legal archive files.
Social: Society All Kemira operations (according to Kemira consolidation rules) Data is collected from each region and from the Kemira legal archive files.
Social: Product responsibility All Kemira operations covered by the Kemira ERP* (according to Kemira consolidation rules) Data is extracted from the Kemira ERP system, R&D NPD process documentation and Kemira legal archive files.

* At the end of 2012, Kemira Enterprise Resource Planning covers 89% of all Kemira sales (in EUR).

Earlier reports

Kemira has been reporting on its environmental performance since the early 1990s. The guidelines used for the reporting until 2010 have been the Responsible Care Reporting Guidelines of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC). The first Sustainability Report prepared according to the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) reporting guidelines G3.1. was published in February 2012 and covered Kemira's sustainability performance in 2011. 

The ten most recent reports, of which the reports for the years 2002–2010 focus on environmental responsibility, are available on Kemira’s website.