Key ESG Elements

ISO Certifications

We track the certification status of our global sites. These include manufacturing sites, R&D technology centers, quality testing labs, corporate offices and certain joint ventures. As of June 2019, more than 77 percent of these locations were recognized by compliance authorities for their health and safety, supply chain credibility and quality.

These authorities are:

  • International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001 or 9001
  • British Standards Institute’s Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Specification (OHSAS)
  • Automotive and aerospace industry quality certifications
Certification # of sites Sites % of sites
ISO 14001 24 56 43%
ISO 9001 69 94 73%
OHSAS 18001 8 56 14%
ISO certification (all types) 71 94 76%
All certifications 72 94 77%

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Response

Our commitment to enrich lives and help create a sustainable future, while doing no harm to people or the environment, is well aligned with CDP’s vision and mission "to see a thriving economy that works for people and planet in the long term." With hundreds of investors and trillions of assets represented, we recognize the strong desire from the investor community for companies to disclose through CDP.

In 2019, we participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project. While we previously responded to CDP’s Supply Chain questionnaire at the request of customers, 2019 marked Huntsman’s first response to CDP’s comprehensive climate change questionnaire, which has evolved to align with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. For more information, visit

We continue to explore ways to better meet the increasing demands of our investor community for comparable, consistent and quantifiable environmental, social and governance (ESG) information, and we will continue to look for ways to elevate our sustainability reporting to better meet the needs of our stakeholders.

View Huntsman’s CDP Response
Emergency Response Planning (ERP)

Emergency Response Planning (ERP)

We take our responsibility seriously to provide our internal and external stakeholders with a safe and secure environment. Our emergency preparedness and response plans ensure our facilities are ready to respond to foreseeable emergencies that might potentially impact our employees, the public or the environment. Every Huntsman facility is required to develop and implement written emergency preparedness and response plans and regularly self-audit them. At an enterprise level, we audit these plans every five years.

This process applies to Huntsman-owned or -operated facilities – including manufacturing sites, advanced technology and R&D centers, and key business locations. It typically does not apply to joint ventures in which we are a minority owner, or to third-party warehouses and tollers, unless specifically requested. Our facilities develop ERPs, train employees on plan requirements, and share our plans with local emergency responders. We conduct drills annually and include community organizations where appropriate.   

As a part of corporate crisis planning, corporate communications teams may be set up in the event of an incident that may require community outreach. Sites designate a contact to communicate with the community during an emergency. 

Vendor Code of Conduct

Vendor Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct reflects our commitment to honesty, integrity, respect and accountability. We expect our vendors to share these values as well as comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

It is the responsibility of our vendors and representatives to understand and adhere to our high ethical standards. Vendors should notify a member of our management if any situation might cause a vendor or representative to act in conflict with our Vendor Code of Conduct.

View Vendor Code of Conduct

All Huntsman Codes of Conduct
Contractor Safety

Contractor Safety

Huntsman’s vision is to prevent all harm through achieving excellence in environmental, health, and safety (EHS) performance in all aspects of our business. Similar to our requirements for our own managers and employees, we ensure that our contractors are aware of our EHS mission, policy and vision and have been trained in their specific responsibilities for achieving EHS excellence. Through our EHS procedures, we check that our contractors have a robust EHS Management System and the competency and training to complete the job safely.

  • Contractor companies must be on an approved contractor list in order to place a bid on any work within our facilities. Approved contractors are those whose EHS programs and performance have been evaluated and meet Huntsman standards.
  • While work is ongoing, we review contractor performance on the job to ensure the work is completed safely, and we work with our contractors to correct any potential issues.
  • Finally, we review past contractor performance on a routine basis to strengthen a safe operating partnership.

A number of elements of our EHS Management System help safeguard our contractors, employees, distributors, customers and the public. These include: our commitment to the guiding principles of Responsible Care®; proactive communication of environmental, health and safety performance information regarding our operations and products; and identifying hazards and applying risk assessment and risk management processes to identify and control EHS risks in all aspects of our business activity.

Alternative Water Usage

We actively pursue innovative ways to conserve water at our facilities around the world.

For example, in India, our Pune team has achieved zero wastewater discharge offsite. The team treats wastewater on location and uses it for onsite landscaping to conserve freshwater. They’ve also installed new water meters to control usage and a drip irrigation system to apply water more directly to the soil and reduce evaporation losses. Also in India, employees at our Baroda site have installed recharge wells that meet regulatory requirements to replenish aquifers with rainwater. The recharge wells save thousands of cubic meters of rainwater each year.

Our Gandaria site in Indonesia also uses recharge wells and reduces freshwater use by recycling rainwater for onsite landscaping. In Italy, our Azeglio site recently completed a rainwater recovery project to reduce freshwater consumption.