Statement from Univar's Chairman and
CEO Stephen D. Newlin

Stephen Newlin


I am pleased to share with you Univar’s Sustainability Report. We take seriously our role as a corporate citizen, and we are proud to showcase our progress across three key dimensions: economic, environmental and social responsibility.

Sustainability is part of what we do every day, throughout our value chain, wherever we operate. Univar is making positive long-term changes to the communities in which we operate by finding efficiencies in our supply chain, supporting the successful operations of our supplier partners and customers, and contributing to worthwhile community organizations through volunteering and other types of support.

Our goals for emissions, energy, waste, water, health, and safety are progressing, thanks to the know-how and commitment of our local teams working together globally as One Univar. Since our first report was published, we have made valuable advancements towards our goals, and I would like to share some highlights of how we are making a difference:

  • We reduced absolute energy use by almost 8%. This is equivalent to shutting down a medium-sized coal power station for 3.5 days.
  • We reduced emissions from our global operations by more than 3%, a 15% reduction per metric tonne released.
  • We reduced year-over-year injury rates by nearly 30%.

I am proud to note that 2016 was a record year regarding safety performance. Our commitment to being Serious about Safety and providing a safe environment for our employees, customers and supplier partners is unwavering.

This report details our sustainability progress through the end of financial year 2016, and for the second time, Univar’s annual Sustainability Report references the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards. These standards make our reporting more comprehensive, increase the relevance to stakeholders and affirm our commitment to corporate transparency.

Our journey and dedication to being a responsible corporate steward of our communities continue, and we are committed to being a valuable contributor to our many communities.

I personally invite all parties and individuals to provide feedback on Univar’s actions and progress. All sustainability related communications may be directed to our dedicated sustainability team at

Seve Newlin Signature

Stephen D. Newlin