Across three categories, Diversey’s ‘Facilitators for Life’ strategy consists of the following 2025 goals:

Improve the Environment Reduce energy intensity in operations by 10%.

Diversey unveils sustainability strategy and future goals

Diversey has published its Annual Sustainability Report, which includes a new ‘Facilitators for Life’ strategy and goals aimed at creating a healthier and safer world for everyone.

The new approach is designed to help ensure Diversey addresses key environmental, social and technological opportunities, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, engaging in ethical business practices and decreasing its packaging footprint by 2025.

To create the new sustainability strategy, Diversey reviewed its current footprint, listened to customers, engaged experts and studied frameworks such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs highlight 17 areas where organisations like Diversey will collaborate to solve global challenges.

Daniel Daggett, Executive Director, Sustainability and CSR at Diversey, said: “Although it’s been given many names since 1923, sustainability has always been at the core of Diversey. As Facilitators for Life, we must identify ways to care for the environment as well as the people we employ, partner with and serve every day.

“We’ve committed to 12 new sustainability goals for Diversey and look forward to executing this strategy to drive progress in the coming years. The goals not only engage all Diversey employees, but will stimulate collaboration with our suppliers and customers to improve environmental stewardship and social responsibility.”

Wet wipes fail the flush test

The BBC has found that all wet wipes sold in the UK and labelled as ‘flushable’ have failed the water industry’s disintegration tests.

What this means is that the wipes do not break down sufficiently during the flushing process after the wipe has passed the u-bend and is out of sight. While paper disintegrates as it is flushed, the plastic used in wipes holds them together for longer.

This leads to wet wipes becoming a major contributor to blockages in sewers, as they get tangled on filters and end up major elements of fatbergs, the large obstacles that form when fatty deposits of grease and non-flushable detritus meet in sewers.

Even if the wipes avoid getting stuck, the plastic inside them 16 | WHAT’S NEW?

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity in operations by 10%.

Reduce waste to landfill in operations by 10%. Reduce water use intensity in operations by 10%.

Protect and Care for People

Eliminate recordable workplace injuries of Diversey employees.

Ensure an ethical supply chain by engaging all suppliers with Diversey’s Supplier Code of Conduct.

Ensure ethical business practices by training all employees on Diversey’s Code of Conduct.

Improve the lives of people in the communities Diversey serves through Creating Shared Value programs like Soap For Hope.

Innovate Sustainable Solutions

Quantify the sustainability value associated with Diversey products and solutions.

Integrate a sustainability scorecard into the innovation process for all new technologies.

Reduce Diversey’s packaging footprint and increase the recyclability of plastic packaging.

Improve the safety and environmental profile of products through absolute compliance with Diversey’s Responsible Chemistry Policy.

To view Diversey’s Annual Sustainabilty report, click here.

is hazardous to fish and other marine life, and can end up on riverbanks and beaches.

Fatbergs cost £100m a year to deal with, according to Water UK. In the North West alone, United Utilities collects 12,000 tonnes of wipes and other rubbish every year from their treatment sites.

Speaking to the BBC, United Utilities’ Tony Griffiths said: “It’s extremely frustrating. The amount of money that gets spent on dealing with blockages and disposing of this material could be reinvested in our ageing infrastructure. If we’re not spending all this money, we could actually work to reduce customer bills."

In 2017, the government asked manufacturers and water companies to agree a flushable standard, but the efforts failed. Manufacturers insist their tests are adequate.

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