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Conducting business with accountability, and in a socially and environmentally responsible way, paves the way for us to operate and mutually prosper with society.

The foundation of Emery Oleochemicals’ passion for community betterment started with the Emery family. Mary Emery and other local residents contributed to opening a better children’s hospital in Walnut Hills (circa 1884). Later, Thomas J. and John J. Emery, donated one acre of land and financed a new building for a children’s hospital in Mount Auburn, with the stipulations that there must be no discrimination towards race, creed or colour, and the poorest patient should receive as good a care as any. Opened in November 1887, the hospital is today the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, one of the oldest and most distinguished paediatric hospitals in the United States.These are only snippets of the great benevolence demonstrated by the Emery family, which we strive to emulate.

The Children’s Hospital located in Mount Auburn (1887)

Compassion in trying times

Located across the street from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is the Ronald McDonald House, a charity that provides families with a “home away from home” so they can stay close to their hospitalized child at little to no cost. We support the Ronald McDonald House in a number of ways: we “adopted a room” to provide families with a temporary home while their children receive treatment; we participate in the House’s annual events; our team members cook meals for the families;
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at other times, we pack goodie bags with healthy snacks and also activity kits for siblings of the child receiving treatment.
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Fulfilling wishes

St. Joseph Orphanage is the oldest and largest mental health agency in Cincinnati for behavioural health and educational treatment for children. Our employees have participated in the annual Christmas Toy Drive for years. Each year, ornaments with the children’s gift wishes are hung on Christmas trees around the Cincinnati plant. Employees pick the ornaments and shop for the items, which are then handed out during the orphanage’s Christmas party. We have been able to fulfil the wish of every child, every year.

Regular Community Dialogue, Malaysia (2013)

Dialogues that engage

We take great strides to engage with the communities in the vicinity of our sites. For instance, our Malaysia plant invites leaders from the surrounding areas to discuss and develop action plans for environmental and societal issues. In Cincinnati, the Emery Oleochemicals/BASF Community Advisory Panel (CAP) was formed in 1993 to serve as a forum for open discussion between representatives of the plant and citizens from the surrounding communities.

Play space for communal engagement

In 1999, in conjunction with the 100-year anniversary celebrations of our Loxstedt facility, we helped fund a school playground renovation project.

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Improving the lives of children is a subject especially near and dear to our heart, and it began with an orphanage in 1895.

In 1895, Thomas J. and John J. Emery donated $50,000 to erect a new building for the Orphan Asylum for Colored Children. In 1920, Mary Emery donated $25,000 for an addition to the building. The centre cared for both orphans and children whose parents could not physically or economically care for them. It is today known as the Harlem Dowling-Westside Center. The Emery family believed in providing equal opportunity in areas of education, healthcare and safety. Today, this belief is still upheld in Emery Oleochemicals.

Science for tomorrow’s generation

To encourage students to explore the world of science, the Loxstedt team donated chemistry experimental kits to elementary school kids. The experiments teach students the fundamentals of chemistry, and focus primarily on the solubility of substances in water, driving home the value of natural-based chemicals and raising environmental awareness.

Striving for equal care and opportunities

At the SMK Telok Panglima Garang secondary (high) school located near our factory, Emery Oleochemicals has provided tuition, supplied revision books and teaching tools for the past three years. Resident school teachers are engaged to help facilitate the learning of science, math and languages, on top of the regular curriculum.
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Students are also taught problem solving, analytical thinking, and time management, with the view of improving their ability to work independently and as a team. Through the Emery Oleochemicals-funded outbound motivational camps, various activities help to nurture their self-confidence, encourage focus and discipline, and instil positive values that go beyond classroom-learning, especially as many of the children come from challenging home environments. Our team members volunteer time to mentor the children at various stages of the school year.
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“Earth Bags” by the Special People Foundation

The Special People Foundation (SPF) from Thailand was founded in 2006 to assist people with special needs across the nation, by providing aid, education and rehabilitation services to help them overcome challenges and live fulfilling, self-reliant lives. A special part of the SPF program is the Earth Bags, which are painted by the special people as a means of
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artistic expression as well as a source of income. Emery Oleochemicals regularly buys the bags that are illustrated with special themes related to our identity; for example, the environment, our sponsored animals in the Cincinnati Zoo, etc. Each of the bags comes with information about the SPF organization and a brief introduction to the artist; we hand these bags out to visitors and VIPs, and during special events to share this meaningful cause with others.
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We grow and create value by acting sustainably to achieve planet habitability, people prosperity and financial profitability.

Just like other businesses, we face the challenge of not compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. To this end, Emery Oleochemicals believes in creating long-term stakeholder value by looking at the bigger picture, composed of environmental, social and economic elements. In 1979, an oil binder product from Henkel was the first product to be labelled “environment-friendly”, followed by a wood varnish product in 1985. In 1990, a systematic rollout of the company’s environmental program was taught to employees worldwide. As technology, manufacturing processes and consumer needs advanced, so did our interpretation of “sustainability”. By the time Emery Oleochemicals came to be in 2009, responsible practices in all key areas of our operations were set and a Sustainability Framework was formalized in 2012.

Launch of Sourcing With Respect Guidelines with United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) representative (2013)

Sourcing with Respect Guidelines (SRG)

The SRG was introduced in 2014 in response to the growing need for supply chain transparency. It helps to identify suppliers that meet current social and environmental standards; if they do not, we work together with them to achieve these standards.

Where butterflies thrive

At the Cincinnati site, we constructed a bio-swale to naturally cleanse rainwater before it is discharged into the Mill Creek. It quickly developed into a biodiversity hotspot and was certified as a wildlife habitat and as a Monarch Waystation.

Geo-thermal energy for heating and cooling

Our Loxstedt site is equipped with a modern geothermal heating and cooling system, which harnesses natural conditions to offset natural gas consumption. This has led to annual savings of EUR10,000.

Maximizing yield while reducing waste

We continuously optimize our processes, valorize waste and monitor our production carefully. At our Düsseldorf site, waste disposal in 2013 was reduced to just 7% and in some significant parts of production, we achieved zero waste requiring disposal. This led to savings of over USD1 million.

Bio-gas production from waste water treatment

In 2014, the Telok Panglima Garang plant brought on stream a new water pre-treatment plant that uses the anaerobic (rather than aerobic) process to treat wastewater. This process results in: lower consumption of chemicals and energy; a 90% reduction in surplus sludge; a higher production
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of methane, which is then channelled back to bio-gas boilers used in the manufacturing process.
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Sungai Manggis Conservation

We adopted a river that runs near our Telok Panglima Garang site, to ensure a clean and healthy environment by cleaning, maintaining and monitoring a portion of the river. We further engage with the surrounding community to raise awareness on river conservation.

Tree Planting on Jalan Perak (Perak Road)

As part of our efforts to counteract urban heat islands and to support the battle against global warming, we planted trees along the main thoroughfare that leads to our Telok Panglima Garang site. It was a cohesive community effort that involved our employees, the community
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and local agencies; together, we planted 500 tree saplings and hedges.
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Embedding sustainable supply chain

Over the last few years in particular, we have been focused on implementing sustainable practices into our supply chain:

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens officially opened in 1875, and was at one time floundering until Mary Emery rescued it and turned it into a non-profit organization. She also paid half of the operating deficit for five years. We are proud to continue this tradition by “adopting” the Zoo’s Sumatran Rhino, the Malayan Tiger, and the Indian Elephant on a yearly basis. We also support Project Saving Species by recycling our old cell phones, which reduces the demand for coltan, a mineral mined in gorilla habitats.