Our environmental management programme also includes examining the potential impact of our activities on biodiversity. When planning new sites, we use standard procedures to assess the potential effects on the environment. We are guided here by international recommendations such as the UN Voluntary Guidelines on Biodiversity-Inclusive Impact Assessment. Most of our sites are in industrial or commercial zones. However, if protected areas or other sensitive habitats are located in the immediate vicinity of our sites, we take steps to ensure that they are not negatively impacted, for example by introducing noise protection measures. We also actively include environmental considerations in our plant planning processes. During 2012, our site in Immingham, UK, held a competition inviting pupils to submit ideas for incorporating flora and fauna into the site of a new acetylene facility. The winning suggestion is due to be implemented in 2013.

Responsibility along the value chain

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Global Reporting Initiative

UN Global Compact

Measuring sustainability