At their Summit in New York, the United Nations adopted the “2030 Agenda for sustainable development” on 25 September 2015. The aim is to make it possible for everyone on Earth to live peacefully and with dignity. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) stand for sustainable development in economic, ecological and social terms. All countries in the global community are challenged to improve the human and environmental situation in essential areas by the year 2030.
The spectrum of goals ranges from “end poverty in all its forms everywhere” through “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all” to “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”.
LANXESS, too, is making its own contributions to all the goals, so that the targets are reached. For example, goal 4 “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.
For LANXESS, education is the future. The chemical group is not only investing in the training and continuous education of its own staff, but is also systematically attempting to interest school students in the natural sciences. From supporting grammar schools near the site by means of workshops and project weeks to experiments and educational materials for primary schoolchildren: The education initiative has been an integral part of the Group’s social commitment for years. Since 2008, LANXESS has been providing effective, multi-purpose assistance – nationally and internationally.
Water for all
Another goal is to “ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”. LANXESS’s Lewatit® ion exchange resins and Lewabrane® membrane elements for reverse osmosis help desalinate water and other liquids and remove undesirable substances from them. They thus make a substantial contribution to the availability of one of the basic requirements for life on Earth.
Taking social responsibility
The United Nations also plan to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”. LANXESS is aware of its responsibility to society. For example, LANXESS is helping refugees at its sites in Germany and has provided € 400,000 for this purpose. The financial support is directed as needed to selected projects mainly in Cologne, Dormagen, Leverkusen and Krefeld. “We would like to make a useful contribution that relieves the immediate distress of the asylum-seekers while also opening up opportunities for their future,” explains Rainier van Roessel, Member of the Board of Directors of LANXESS AG.