ICL operates according to advanced corporate governance principles.

For example, the Company enforces a clear separation between the functions and responsibilities of the Board of Directors and those of the Company’s officers that are not Directors. The Company has established control mechanisms at the management level, and an auditing mechanism in the field.

As part of its implementation of a Group-wide Code of Ethics, ICL companies operate hotlines that enable employees to establish direct contact with internal auditors and Code of Ethics managers, expediting their reporting of any issue or event which they believe may be improper or illegal. 

ICL integrates quality management systems into many areas of its operations. It believes that these systems contribute to the improvement and streamlining of processes and performance, and that they reduce risk. 

ICL supports and affords high importance to the continuous learning of its employees and management, and encourages them to play an active role in relevant professional associations in Israel and other countries. 

As a publicly traded company, ICL operates with full transparency and in accordance with all relevant corporate, economic, social and environmental laws, regulations and guidelines.

ICL works to maximize its profits for the benefit of its shareholders while maintaining the utmost care for other stakeholders such as employees, suppliers, customers, creditors and the community in which it operates.

ICL strives to adopt the leading globally-accepted standards for its conduct in all matters. ICL’s total sales in 2010 were 5.7 billion USD. In the past three years, ICL has invested more than one billion shekels in projects for protecting the quality of the environment. 

Industrial Sustainability

For ICL, sustainable development means combining long-term success and economic orientation with environmental protection and social responsibility

ICL is taking steps to reduce, control and manage the environmental risks associated with its activities. This requires encouraging continuous dialogue with ICL’s many stakeholders, which include authorities, employees, suppliers and customers. 

ICL’s policy is to routinely identify, develop and implement means to measure and monitor environmental impacts. To this end, ICL invests time and resources to monitor and assess existing and new problems on a regular basis. 

 

 

ICL operates proactively to improve the positive impact of its operations on sustainability and the environment, and takes steps to reduce any adverse effects.

Positive impacts include the development of products that help reduce carbon emissions, increase agricultural yields, prevent fires and reduce mercury emissions from coal-fired power stations 

ICL has created a structured process to review, identify, manage and reduce the environmental risks associated with its companies’ operations.

ICL aims to operate a sustainable chemical company. As part of the strategic planning required to implement sustainable business activity, an organizational structure has been established for the management of risk, and structured programs have been created to promote the issue.

Through this structured process, ICL aims to realize the precautionary principle for environmental issues. 

All ICL segments have adopted the principles of Responsible Care, the global chemical industry’s initiative to drive continuous improvement in its performance according to environmental, health and safety (EHS) parameters.

The Responsible Care program strives for continuous improvement in the chemical industry, meeting and going beyond legislative and regulatory compliance, promoting volunteer initiatives to realize these principles together with government, public and other stakeholders, and catalyzing other activities to establish security and public trust in the chemical industry.

The cornerstones of Responsible Care at ICL are product stewardship, reduction of greenhouse gases, conservation and clean energy, community awareness, accountability and emergency preparedness and regulation issues. 

 

ICL aims to manufacture products with a maximum positive impact on the environment throughout the product lifecycle, and a minimum negative impact.

Achieving this requires comprehensive planning, starting from the product development stage. This includes the development of sustainable materials according to Responsible Care criteria, and also applies Responsible Care principles to its work procedures and plans.

All potential materials to be used for development are tested comprehensively and rigorously to identify their properties. Development and production processes are carried out according to the criteria set out in existing procedures. 

ICL Industrial Products has adopted VECAP, a voluntary program aimed at reducing the environmental emissions associated with flame retardants (FRs), as part of its Product Stewardship activities.

ICL Industrial Products and two FR manufacturers in the United States created the program with the initial aim of reducing FR emissions created as a by-product of the production and supply chain.

VECAP is a designated program within ICL IP through which it works with customers to implement and reduce the environmental impact of its products throughout their lifecycle, from design to disposal.

The industrial revolution symbolized the start of a new era: one of economic prosperity, technological development and modernization.  

However, in recent decades, industry and technology have also come to be associated with health and environmental hazards. To mitigate against potential hazards, the Integrated Industry approach promotes a closed industrial production process in which waste can serve as the input for new production process.

ICL is a promoter of the Integrated Industry approach, and seeks out ways to use the by-products and waste produced in one process as the raw material input for others. 

The EU’s REACH regulation is gradually replacing 40 existing directives with the goal of better protecting human health and the environment.

It applies to the safe handling of existing and new chemicals, and sets three deadlines for completing registration of “old” chemicals: 2010, 2013 and 2018. Since 2007, ICL’s Center of Excellence for International Regulations and Standards has been working to prepare each segment’s product for registration according to the REACH regulations.  

Human activity is a major contributing factor to the increasing level of greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere.

It is believed that the increased quantity of greenhouse gases contribute to the climate changes that have occurred in recent years. For this reason, countries and industries, including ICL, are joining together to control carbon dioxide emissions and to reduce their carbon footprints.

ICL strives to be a leader, both in Israel and in the global chemical industry, in the reduction of emissions in general and greenhouse gases in particular. In line with this intention, ICL has performed a comprehensive review of its carbon balance, and plans to implement an automatic greenhouse gas reporting system, thereby enhancing its ability to quantify carbon emissions and to identify reduction opportunities. 

In 2010, ICL submitted a comprehensive report to the CDP regarding the Company’s level of greenhouse gas emissions and its strategy for mitigating climate change. ICL received a score of 90 out of a possible 100 on the CDP disclosure index for the scope and quality of its reporting. Accordingly, ICL has been included in the exclusive Carbon Disclosure Leadership index. ICL is the only company in Israel that is in compliance with the high level of reporting requirements specified by the CDP. 

ICL has identified a variety of opportunities for activities that will further improve its performance in the areas of climate change and greenhouse gases, especially by improving its production processes and the make-up of its products. 

 

ICL is committed to a policy of corporate social responsibility, and its strategy conforms to these principles.

ICL is committed to managing its business in ways that lead to sustainable growth, and aims to achieve a balance between the needs of present and future generations while fulfilling all statutory and moral duties. ICL sets concrete, quantitative targets to assure that it continually improves the economic, social and environmental impact of its activities, and strives to achieve these objectives in a timely and responsible manner.  

Practical, comprehensive solutions to the long-term challenges facing sustainable development are the result of dialogue with all the stakeholders of a successful business, ranging from employees, suppliers, distributors and customers, to government and control officials, academics, neighboring communities, civil organizations in environmental issues, consumers, human rights, work relations and community empowerment.

 

The Company maintains a constant dialogue between its plants throughout the world and their local communities. If controversial issues or specific incidents arise, ICL operates according to the principle of open and active communication.

Through transparency, we strive to address stakeholder concerns raised in public dialogue about the industry in general, and about our products and operations in particular, while building trust with customers, civil organizations, policy makers and leaders of the local community.   

ICL believes that the adoption of corporate values and a Code of Ethics that are compatible with its organizational culture are key elements for realizing the Company’s mission, and that they are important components of strategies to improve organizational effectiveness and to manage change.

In 2011, ICL approved and published a new, revised Code of Ethics. The new Code of Ethics is a standard, global code prepared according to conventional and advanced practices, and replaces previous versions adopted by the Company’s subsidiaries. The Company has established Ethics Committees throughout its organization with the mandate of implementing the Code of Ethics.

The Code is based on six fundamental values: business integrity, excellence and striving for continuous improvement, commitment to safety, responsibility, respect for others and environmental commitment. 

ICL has prepared and deployed a sustainable development policy that calls for the responsible use of natural resources and the development of value-added, sustainable products characterized by a reduced environmental impact.

It also calls for production processes that reduce at source the amount of waste generated at its facilities, that assure the safe transportation of materials and that employ green building techniques. 

ICL uses natural resources as raw materials, including primarily phosphates and salts mined from the Negev, as well as potash and salt mined from evaporation ponds near the Dead Sea and mines in Spain and England. Phosphate rock, the primary raw material used in the production of phosphorus-based acids and fertilizers, is mined at the Company’s sites in the Negev.

ICL Fertilizers restores its mining sites during and after mining the phosphate. Water from the Dead Sea, which is the source of carnallite, the primary mineral used in potash production, is returned to the Dead Sea after the carnallite is extracted.

 ICL mines raw materials from both surface and underground mines in areas where it has mining concessions. It takes far-reaching steps to maximize the preservation and restoration of mined areas and nearby ecosystems.  

Industrial activity requires energy. There are two types of energy sources: non-renewable and renewable. Energy from non-renewable resources contributes to emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases.

ICL strives to be Israel’s leader in the reduction of emissions. To this end, it has begun switching its manufacturing operations from fuel oil to natural gas, which, although a fossil fuel, is significantly cleaner than other fuels. ICL invests significant efforts to reduce and streamline its use of energy at mining, manufacturing and other sites. Energy-conservation activities are part of a comprehensive approach to reduce the Company’s environmental impact.

Through ICL’s Center of Excellence for the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, all ICL companies are involved in the process of identifying more effective and efficient solutions, which are then implemented in all ICL companies.  

ICL has implemented a broad variety of activities to make its use of water more efficient and responsible. 

In particular, it strives to reduce the use of potable water in production processes, substituting instead the utilization of water that is unsuitable for drinking. As part of ICL’s water resource conservation, the Company maximizes its utilization of freshwater, recycling wastewater where possible and purifying and/or desalinating water when practical. 

ICL has initiated a number of projects to reduce the volume of wastewater and to improve its quality.

In 2001, Rotem Amfert began implementing a master plan for the management of its industrial wastewater. The Bromine Compounds plant has taken steps to reduce the environmental impact of its production processes.

At the BKG plant in France (part of ICL Performance Products), the volume of wastewater from the production process was reduced by 90% from 2,675 m3 in 2009 to 259 m3 in 2010. 

The preservation of air quality in production sites is a central goal of ICL’s environmental policy.

Human activity, such as energy generation, industrial activity, agricultural activity and transportation are responsible for the majority of the pollution in the air.

ICL has prepared a comprehensive master plan to control fugitive emissions in all of its sites, with the approval of – and in coordination with – Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection. ICL companies in Israel comply with the Ministry’s requirements and guidelines for fugitive emissions.

ICL has made preparations to comply with the Clean Air Law, which came into effect in January 1, 2011, in all of its production sites, achieving a 75% reduction in NOx emissions, 26% reduction in PM emissions and 38% reduction in SOx emissions since 2008. 

Waste

ICL currently uses several methods to reduce solid waste, including reduction at source, reuse, recycling, production of energy from waste and landfill.

ICL attributes great importance to this issue. It invests significant resources in finding solutions to reduce the volume of waste and to reuse and recycle exiting waste. ICL plants reuse waste and by-products, which are used as raw materials for other Company plants. ICL has also created a Center of Excellence focused on waste treatment. 

Environmental management

As part of its adoption of a green approach and sustainable policy, ICL undertook to internally certify the Company’s sites and plants according to a binding standard reflecting these principles.

ICL has voluntarily elected to apply an internal green standard to its production plants, another demonstration of its commitment to environmental protection and a reflection of the importance with which the Company views its sustainability policy.

ICL has decided that all new building projects and all significant renovations to existing buildings will be made according to green building principles. Consequently, a binging procedure has been drafted to define the Company’s green building standards.  

Environmental safety

ICL companies have developed a dedicated ERP system for managing hazardous materials.

The system includes procedures for handling emergencies and includes a safety and entry control management system. ICL companies also use a computerized system to control shipments of hazardous materials. 

At the end of 2010, ICL had 11,035 employees, 42 of which were employed at ICL headquarters and the remainder at subsidiaries.

ICL invests regularly in the development, training and qualification of its human resources. We are proud that the majority of ICL’s middle and senior management began as lower level employees and have been promoted from inside the company. 

Industrial production in general, including particularly the treatment of hazardous substances and the high-pressure/temperature production of hazardous substances, is associated with risks, and requires special precautionary measures.

ICL continuously invests in the occupational safety and health of its employees and facilities with the aim of preventing accidents and out of constant concern for the Company’s employees. In the past five years, ICL has reduced its annual number of work accidents by more than 40%, and has set itself a goal of zero accidents.

The success of ICL’s safety efforts so far is reflected in the significantly reduced numbers of accidents and near misses, and in the many daily activities that have been implemented to improve work safety conditions

In 2001, ICL’s Board of Directors drafted a strategic policy for the Company’s involvement and investment in the community with an annual budget of tens of millions of shekels per year.

ICL focuses its community involvement in the development areas in Israel’s northern and southern regions. Most of ICL’s employees live in these regions, making the welfare their communities  especially important to ICL.

ICL channels its social contributions through organizations that support children and youth with disabilities, women and children at risk, populations with poor socio-economic conditions, needy populations and more. ICL contributes to and encourages its employees to participate in volunteer activities for the benefit of the community. 

ICL’s major projects include: contribution to Variety Israel; the flagship Children’s Club project; contributions to Soroka Medical Center; contributions to Alut, the Israeli Society for Autistic Children, donations to aid organizations supporting education, contribution of food parcels, activities on behalf of women, adoption of military units and contribution to community environmental issues.    

 

גבולות הדיווח של דו”ח אחריות תאגידית לשנת 2010 הורחבו וכוללים את כל מפעלי התאגיד בארץ עשרות אתרי ייצור בכל העולם. דוח זה מסכם את פעילות כימיקלים לישראל בע”מ בנושאים חברתיים, כלכליים וסביבתיים.

1. תקופת הדיווח: בדוח מדווחים נתונים המסכמים את השנה הקלנדארית 2010. לדוח צורפו נתונים משנים קודמות על מנת לאפשר השוואה בין שנים, לאתר מגמות ולהציב יעדים עתידיים.

2. מחזוריות הדיווח: דוח האחריות התאגידית האחרון של כימיקלים לישראל פורסם בשנת 2010 וסיכם את פעילות כיל לשנת 2009. הדוח מתבסס על עקרונות ה-GRI, אך לא היה זה דוח GRI מלא.

במהלך שנת 2010 פירסמו המגזרים העיקריים של כיל, מגזר הדשנים ומגזר המוצרים התעשייתיים, דוחות אחריות תאגידית העומדים ברמה B של ה-GRI. בכוונת כיל להמשיך ולפרסם בהמשך דוחות אחריות תאגידית על פי עקרונות ה-GRI מידי שנה. דוח זה הינו דוח המקיף את פעילות התאגיד בכל רחבי העולם.

3. גבולות הדיווח: הנתונים הכמותיים בדוח זה נוגעים לשלושת מגזרי כיל: מגזר דשנים, מגזר מוצרים תעשייתיים ומגזר מוצרי תכלית.בנוסף מדווחים הביצועים של חברת מגנזיום ים המלח.

הנתונים נאספו מכל מפעלי התאגיד בארץ ועשרות אתרי ייצור ברחבי העולם. חשוב לציין כי בדוח זה לא נכללו נתונים לגבי מיזמים משותפים הנעשים מחוץ לגבולות המגזרים וכי הנתונים החברתיים, בהקשר של פעילות בחו”ל, מדווחים רק על ידי אתרי ייצור מרכזיים.

4. תוכן הדוח: חברת כיל מדווחת על פי עקרונות היוזמה לדיווח גלובלי – The Global Report Initiative. זוהי יוזמה בין מגזרית לדיווח סביבתי-חברתי בעסקים, בהשתתפות ארגוניo חברתיים-סביבתיים וגורמים עסקיים. פרטים נוספים ניתן למצוא כאן. הדוח עומד בדרישות רמה B של ה-HRI וכולל התייחסות לנספח מגזרי (GRI Sector supplement) של תעשיית הכרייה והמתכות הרלוונטי למספר חברות בתאגיד.

על מנת לאפשר ולעקוב באופן תקופתי אחר המגמות והתהליכים העיקריים המתרחשים בתאגיד המידע, הדוח כולל מידע של מספר שנים. בשנים האחרונות נעשו שינויים בארגון ונרכשו חברות חדשות. חלק מהמגות המדווחות בתחום הביצועים הסביבתיים מושפעות הן מכך שהיתה עליה משמעותית בייצור בהשוואה לשנת 2009 והן מהצטרפות של אתרי ייצור חדשים שהחלו לדווח משנת 2010 בלבד.

הנושאים המדווחים בדוח זה נבחרו על פי הקריטריונים של ה-GRI, ביניהם קריטריון המהותיות (materiality). כיל נמצאת בשיח עם מחזיקי העניין שלה באופן שוטף. מידע נוסף בנושא שיח עם מחזיקי עניין ניתן למצוא כאן.

בדגשים בדוח ואופן המבנה שלו נבעו מתוך התחשבות בהרכב מחזיקי העניין המגוון של כיל ותוך התייחסות למשובים המתקבלים מהציבור ומהרגולאטורים.

במקרה של חברת תעשייתית עם אתרי ייצור בארץ ובעולם, ניתן דגש על ההשפעות הסביבתיות של החברה, הן ברמה המקומית-ישראלית והן ברמה הגלובלית. בכדי לתת מענה מפורט למחזיקי העניין המקומיים, כיל מדווחת בדוח זה על השפעותיה הסביבתיות העיקריות, הן ברמת התאגיד והן ברמות פירוט גבוהות יותר על מנת שהדוח יהיה רלוונטי למחזיקי עניין רבים ככל שיתן. הדוח מציג את יעידיה העיקרים של כיל ושל מגזריה השונים לטווח הקצר ולטווח הארוך.

5. שיטות מדידה: איסוף המידע נעשה במסגרות פנימיות בחברה על ידי המחלקות הרלוונטיות לנושאי איכות הסביבה, משאבי אנוש, מרכזי מצויינות של החברה המדווחות ועל ידי מטה התאגיד. הנתונים המדווחים הם תוצאה של מדידה ישירה של הנושא הנדון וחישובים בעת הצורך (אלא אם צוין אחרת).

על מנת לעמוד על המגמות המתרחשות בחברה בכל אחד מנושאי הדיווח, נעשה גם ניסיון לספק מידע משנים קודמות, הצגת נתונים בדוח נעשתה על פי פרוטוקול ה-GRI.

6. שינויים בדיווח: זוהי השנה הראשונה בה נאספים נתונים מאתרי הייצור של כיל מכל רחבי העולם. כיוון שתשתית הדיווח עדיין בהקמה בקרב חברות התאגיד בחו”ל, מספר חברות דיווחו נתונים חלקיים.

הטמעת תשתיות הדיווח תמזער עיוותים אלה בעתיד ואנו צופים שיפור מתמיד באיכות הדיווח. השינוי המשמעותי מדוחות קודמים הן של המגזרים והן של התאגיד הוא הרחבה משמעותית של גבולות הדיווח. הדוח הנוכחי כולל את אתרי הייצור של התאגיד הפרוסים בכל רחבי העולם.

כיל אינה מעבירה את הדוח לביקורת חיצונית בשלב זה (external assurance). בטווח הארוך, כיל רואה עצמה כחלק מהמגמה העולמית המתרחשת בנוגע לדוחות משולבים. דוחות משולבים הינם דוחות שנתיים בהם כלולים כל הנתונים הפיננסים הנדרשים מחברות וההתייחזות לנושאים חברתיים וסביבתיים. דוחות אלו יעברו בהכרח מבדק חיצוני.