Raleigh, NC, January 26, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Umicore has been ranked as the most sustainable company in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World index. The index is published annually since 2005 by Corporate Knights, an independent media and investment research company based in Toronto, Canada. Umicore achieved the top overall ranking in the 2013 Global 100 due to its strong, across-the-board sustainability performance. In the United States Umicore Group is known through its VMZINC* brand from its Building Products Unit, which produces and markets titanium zinc products for the building envelope.
Marc Grynberg, CEO of Umicore expressed his delight at this recognition and said that it reinforced Umicore’s commitment to continue its sustainable development efforts as part of the company’s Vision 2015 strategy and beyond.
“Umicore has made significant investments in clean technologies such as automotive catalysts and rechargeable battery materials and our recycling technologies support a truly unique closed-loop business approach. Our products and services are addressing global issues such as resource scarcity, clean mobility and the generation and storage of clean energy. We complement this by ambitious objectives to further improve our environmental and social performance."
"Being recognized as the most sustainable company is foremost an encouragement to continue to grow our business in a sustainable way. While we still have much work to do, this recognition shows that we are on the right track,” Marc Grynberg says.
Corporate Knights uses its flagship Global 100 ranking and the underlying research methodology to explore sustainable investment strategies with investors. Corporate Knights collected data for the project primarily from Bloomberg and through direct engagement with the 350 companies that made the project’s shortlist, selected from approximately 4,000 global mid and large cap stocks. Corporate Knights mentioned that Umicore achieved the top overall ranking in the 2013 Global 100 due to its strong, across-the-board sustainability performance. Umicore is one of two Belgian companies included in the Global 100 index**.
* VMZINC is the titanium zinc reference brand for the building envelope and is produced and marketed by the Building Products Unit of the Belgian group Umicore. The VMZINC offer is available in sheets, coils and transformed systems for facades, roofs and rainwater systems in a variety of colors making it versatile and easy to combine with other materials.
** For additional information, visit http://www.global100.org/.
Umicore is a global materials technology and recycling group. It focuses on application areas where its expertise in materials science, chemistry and metallurgy makes a real difference. Its activities are centred on four business areas: Catalysis, Energy Materials, Performance Materials and Recycling. Each business area is divided into market-focused business units offering materials and solutions that are at the cutting edge of new technological developments and essential to everyday life.
Umicore generates the majority of its revenues and dedicates most of its R&D efforts to clean technologies, such as emission control catalysts, materials for rechargeable batteries and photovoltaics, fuel cells, and recycling. Umicore’s overriding goal of sustainable value creation is based on an ambition to develop, produce and recycle materials in a way that fulfils its mission: materials for a better life.
The Umicore Group has industrial operations on all continents and serves a global customer base; it generated a turnover of € 14.5 billion (€ 2.3 billion excluding metal) in 2011 and currently employs some 14,600 people.
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