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Hexion has a strong history of driving improvements in our energy, water and waste intensities and recently upgraded our energy, water and waste management program to reach all sites. 

In 2020, we completed 52 improvement projects across the globe to reduce our footprint in these critical areas. We also held sessions at 23 sites identifying about 125 actionable projects that could further improve our energy and water intensity and reduce waste generation. As our success is driven by our associates, we have included associates at all levels in these ideation sessions, expanded our employee engagement through improved communication of our climate change efforts, provided materials and training around our sustainability efforts and upgraded our key metrics platform so our associates are better equipped to identify and drive improvements. 

Water is a critical natural resource as well as essential to our industrial plants which use water as an ingredient in products, for process cooling and for the production of steam. Our productivity and operation teams continually evaluate projects to efficiently use natural resources and optimize our existing processes such as reducing overall water usage or allowing for recycling of wastewater in lieu of fresh water. Hexion has also committed to performing a water risk assessment for our sites located in water distressed areas during 2021. 

Achieving an incident-free workplace

 

May 20, 2020, 15:07 PM by Sydney Lindquist

 

At Hexion, we have a clear priority around working safely and are committed to the possibility of an incident-free environment for all our associates and stakeholders. We are responsible, engaged and focused on reducing exposures across the value chain.

 

At Hexion, we have a clear priority around working safely and are committed to the possibility of an incident-free environment for all our associates and stakeholders. We are responsible, engaged and focused on reducing exposures across the value chain. Our people continuously look for ways to eliminate exposure and work to create a culture that supports trust, open communication and continuous learning.

"Get Zero Get Home…"

Hexion has created a cultural change program targeting a reduction in Severe Incident Factors (SIF). SIFs are defined as high-risk work activities which, if not properly controlled, could result in serious injuries, permanent disabilities, and/or fatalities. Called “Get Zero. Get Home.” this cultural shift in thinking has increased awareness of workplace conditions and activities that have the possibility of putting associates, contractors and visitors at risk. With our diligent focus and the continued execution of our health, safety and environmental strategy, Hexion experienced the following improvements when compared to 2013:

In the last 5 years Hexion has experienced:

  • A 57 percent improvement in environmental incidents,
  • A 70 percent improvement in Hexion SIF recordable incidents and
  • A 67 percent reduction in SIF recordable incidents involving contractor.
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