Announces Jennifer McIntyre as Executive Sustainability Lead
DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois, June 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Univar Solutions Inc. (NYSE: UNVR) ("Univar Solutions" or the "Company"), a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services, today announces the release of its 2019 sustainability report and the expanded role of senior vice president and chief integration officer, Jennifer McIntyre, who will serve as the Company's executive sustainability lead. Now available through the Univar Solutions web site at www.univarsolutions.com, the report tracks the Company's progress against its sustainability goals and reaffirms its commitments to transparency and continuous improvement.
Since joining the company in 2013, McIntyre has been a driving force behind multiple areas of supply chain and operations improvement. Most recently, McIntyre has led the Company's integration strategy, following the Nexeo acquisition. She will continue leading those efforts, while at the same time introducing new ideas and proven best practices to the Company's sustainability agenda.
"Jennifer's ability to see the larger picture, while remaining focused on the details, is a perfect fit for the continuous improvement mindset we bring to sustainability," said David Jukes, president and chief executive officer. "With a vision to redefine distribution and be the most valued chemical and ingredient distributor on the planet, our sustainability journey is about doing the right thing, and in so doing, creating value for all of our stakeholders, while supporting our mission to streamline, innovate and grow."
The 2019 sustainability report is accompanied by a new dashboard showing progress against the Company's 2021 sustainability goals. Additionally, the report references the latest version of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, which helps ensure relevant, transparent, and comprehensive disclosures. Further improvements include:
Integrating Univar Solutions' sustainability performance data, representing the combined impacts and aspects of our new combined company, making our reporting more transparent and complete.
Reporting in accordance with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) for the chemical sector, increasing the ability for stakeholders to access key information.
Expanding our toolkit of monitoring and managing our global impacts through the introduction of scope 3 emissions reporting.
Integrating the material contributions our business makes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), highlighting the ability of responsible business to make a positive impact on society, the environment, and our economies.
Achieving external assurance on our global sustainability reporting claims as well as assurance on our scope 1 and 2 emissions, safety, and release metrics. This significant milestone is a marked development as we move to demonstrate our robust, honest, and open approach to better business.
"With these improvements to our report along with the introduction of our 2021 sustainability goals dashboard, I can't be more pleased with our progress and feel privileged and fortunate to be part of such a tremendous team," said Phil Hockaday, vice president, sustainability. "As we continue through 2020 and enter the final year for our previously-set goals, I'm excited for what the future holds and thankful for Jennifer's expertise and leadership as we move forward together."
Univar Solutions (NYSE: UNVR) is a leading global specialty chemical and ingredient distributor representing a premier portfolio from the world's leading producers. With the industry's largest private transportation fleet and North American sales force, unparalleled logistics know-how, deep market and regulatory knowledge, world-class formulation and recipe development, and leading digital tools the company is well-positioned to offer tailored solutions and value-added services to a wide range of markets, industries, and applications. Univar Solutions is committed to helping customers and suppliers innovate and grow together. Learn more at www.univarsolutions.com.
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