Lanxess management makes sustainability its business

A new system of compensation for the Board of Management has been in place since the beginning of the year: Roughly one-third of the variable compensation is now linked to the company’s sustainability performance.

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80 percent of the short-term variable compensation now depends on the operating result (EBITDA pre exceptionals) and 20 percent on occupational health and safety, as measured in terms of lost time injuries.

Roughly 60 percent of the long-term variable compensation is based on the performance of the Lanxess stock price relative to the MSCI World Chemical Index and roughly 40 percent on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2019, Lanxess set itself the goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2040. The new compensation system will be proposed to Lanxess stockholders for approval at the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting on May 19, 2021.

Sustainability as responsibility of the Board of Management

The specialty chemicals company has also assigned the topic of sustainability directly to the members of its Board of Management. This covers climate protection and energy, occupational health and safety, environmental protection, products and circular value chains, employees and corporate culture, and transparent reporting on achievement of sustainability. Through its newly created Sustainability Committee, all member of the Board of Management is supposed to make joint decisions on major sustainability projects.

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