Dupont Innovates, Protects & Empowers In Sustainability Leadership Role
A key reason Dupont earned its 2023 Eco-Leader status is because its strong employee satisfaction creates a successful workplace—a key factor in helping the company accomplish its environmental goals.
- Percentage of electricity from renewable sources expected by 2030: 60%
- Gallons of water processed each minute using DuPont technologies: 50 million
- Number of parts to DuPont’s sustainability strategy (Innovate, Protect, and Empower): 3
A global leader in innovative sustainable technologies, DuPont has proven that sustainable product design driven by environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) criteria is critical to mitigating climate change and moving the needle towards a carbon neutral future.
The three pillars of DuPont’s sustainability strategy–“innovate for good, protect people and the planet, and empower people to thrive”–emphasize the interconnectedness between people and the planet, and the role corporations play in climate mitigation.
DuPont has taken a proactive approach to sustainability by conducting an ESG materiality assessment to identify environmental and social risks to the company. Using information collected from that assessment, DuPont has set nine aggressive sustainability commitments for 2030.
Grounded in science, DuPont Performance Building Solutions and Corian Design are working alongside those who also seek a sustainable tomorrow to develop solutions for managing the air, water and thermal performance of buildings and residences. Courtesy DuPont
DuPont aims to align its entire innovation portfolio with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and deliver climate solutions to its customers. Notably, six out of seven of DuPont’s 2022 award-winning products have a robust sustainability component.
DuPont has also pledged to incorporate circular design principles into its manufacturing process to increase the energy efficiency of its products and to minimize waste across its value chain.
By improving the energy efficiency of its products, DuPont has achieved a 35 percent reduction in its scope 1 and 2 emissions in 2022, eight years ahead of schedule, surpassing its original reduction target of 30 percent.
Instead of halting progress and congratulating itself on a job well done, DuPont has set a new reduction target of 50 percent by 2030, with the ultimate goal of reaching carbon neutral emissions in 2050.
Actions such as regular mandatory safety meetings and town halls conducted by facility managers and functional leadership are taken to gather valued input from employees. Courtesy DuPont
As a part of its emissions reduction strategy, DuPont has joined the RE100 Global Initiative and pledged to obtain 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2050. To ensure progress on this initiative, DuPont has set an intermediary goal of obtaining 60 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
DuPont’s core value of empowerment is the driving force behind its sustainability commitments and ESG integration. The company is dedicated to creating a diverse and talented workforce to push the envelope of innovation and deliver the products necessary for a thriving community.
DuPont has received several awards recognizing its exemplary workplace environment. For instance, Forbes has identified DuPont as one of the most female-friendly companies for the past two years.
DuPont’s emphasis on a diversified workforce—by age, gender, ethnicity and more—has earned it numerous “Best Place to Work” awards over the years. Courtesy DuPont
Employee satisfaction continues to remain at an all-time high, with 88 percent of DuPont employees reporting that the work is meaningful. DuPont regularly engages with its internal and external stakeholders to enhance ESG integration and improve stakeholder relationships.
DuPont has positioned itself as a global leader in ESG by creating a strategic roadmap to deliver on 2030 sustainability commitments. A sign of ESG excellence is the ability of the company to disclose specific ESG material risks rather than make generic, industry-wide disclosures.