Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Chemicals Standard Index

Accounting or Activity Metric Code Avient Disclosures

  Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Gross global Scope 1 emissions, percentage covered under emissions-limiting regulations


Scope 1: 21,092 MT

Metrics and Index—People and Planet Data and Metrics


Discussion of long-term and short-term strategy or plan to manage Scope 1 emissions, emissions reduction targets, and an analysis of performance against those targets


By 2030, Avient will reduce Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 60% with 2019 as a baseline and achieve operational carbon neutrality by 2050.
2030 Sustainability Goals

  Air Quality

Air emissions of the following pollutants: (1) NOX (excluding N2O), (2) SOX, (3) volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and (4) hazardous air pollutants (HAPs)


1. NOx: 0.08 MT
2. SOx: 0.08 MT
3. VOCs: 40.26 MT
4. HAPs: 1.00 MT
Metrics and Index—People and Planet Data and Metrics


  Energy Management

(1) Total energy consumed, (2) percentage grid electricity, (3) percentage renewable, (4) total self-generated energy


1. Total energy: 1,547,647 GJ
2. % Grid electricity: 98.76%
3. % Renewable: 31
4. Total self-generated: 5001 GJ
Metrics and Index—People and Planet Data and Metrics


  Water Management

(1) Total water withdrawn, (2) total water consumed, percentage of each in regions with High or Extremely High Baseline Water Stress


1. Total water withdrawn: 1,309 m3
2. Percentage of total water withdrawn and consumed from regions of high water stress: 40.8% Metrics and Index—People and Planet Data and Metrics

Number of incidents of non-compliance associated with water quality permits, standards, and regulations


Reportable releases (above permitted limits): 0

Metrics and Index—People and Planet Data and Metrics

Description of water management risks and discussion of strategies and practices to mitigate those risks


While water management is a critical and highly-influential topic in some industrial sectors, Avient’s operations are not water intensive. Normal manufacturing processes are “dry” and water use is limited to sanitary applications and process cooling, with closed loop recycling processes cooling dominating. Further, the vast majority of Avient sites are generally comparably smaller scale and located in urban or suburban areas. As such, we manage both water and biodiversity responsibly, and in accordance with applicable laws, but these topics do not reach the threshold of materiality compared with other operational areas.

Planet—Climate Change

  Hazardous Waste Management

Amount of hazardous waste generated, percentage recycled



1886 MT of hazardous waste was generated.
43% of hazardous waste recycled or beneficially reused. Metrics and Index—People and Planet Data and Metrics


  Community Relations

Discussion of engagement processes to manage risks and opportunities associated with community interests



We provide oversight and guidance with regard to how the Board and management evaluate and integrate corporate responsibility and sustainability into Avient’s business strategy, decision-making and stakeholder communication. This includes equal opportunity and respect for all people regardless of religious beliefs, age, race, gender, or sexual orientation, as fully explained in Avient’s Code of Conduct and its Position on Human Rights. This also includes being a passionate steward of our natural resources for the long-term health and vitality of our planet.

Message from the Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee

Part of this metric was omitted due to availability (direct and clear discussion that community interests are stakeholder interests).


  Workforce Health & Safety

(1) Total recordable incident rate (TRIR) and (2) fatality rate for (a) direct employees and (b) contract employees


1. TRIR: 0.50
2. Fatality rate for contractors and direct employees is both 0.00 Metrics and Index—People and Planet Data and Metrics

Description of efforts to assess, monitor, and reduce exposure of employees and contract workers to long-term (chronic) health risks


As a global organization, Avient recognized the early risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. And we took action. Our early and consistent approach focused on protecting the health and safety of our associates, families, customers and communities. We consistently monitored and adhered to local government requirements and conditions everywhere we operate. We mobilized regional COVID Task Forces and collaboratively developed procedures then took action accordingly. Part of this metric was omitted due to availability (chronic health risks unrelated to COVID-19).
People—Safety First/COVID-19

  Product Design for Use-phase Efficiency

Revenue from products designed for use-phase resource efficiency


$790 million

Performance—Sustainable Solutions Performance

  Safety & Environmental Stewardship of Chemicals

(1) Percentage of products that contain Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) Category 1 and 2 Health and Environmental Hazardous Substances, (2) percentage of such products that have undergone a hazard assessment


1. <5% of 2020 revenue were from products classified as GHS category 1 or 2
2. 30% of GHG products have completed prioritized risk assessments
Products—Management Approach: Product Stewardship
Part of this metric was omitted due to availability (percentage of products that contain GHG category 1 and 2 substances).


Discussion of strategy to (1) manage chemicals of concern and (2) develop alternatives with reduced human and/or environmental impact


The current and future focus is on continued Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) assessments and communication on the safe handling of these substances. Many other countries are following suit on the EU REACH chemicals regulation. In late 2020, we successfully completed the pre-registration for both Turkey REACH (KKDIK) and Eurasia REACH (EAEU-REACH). We also completed notifications associated with our European portfolio as it relates to the Poison Control Center Notifications. We continue to monitor risk assessments associated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) inventory reset rule. At this time, we believe we have no materials subject to EPA risk assessments.

REACH reclassifications of substances as the result of European Chemical Agency (ECHA) review continues to be a challenge for Avient. In 2021, a raw material authorization project has been established to formalize and standardize a global reclassification methodology as a result of continued REACH dossier evaluations and Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). In this way, we will continually monitor and measure hazardous components and products within the portfolio. Changes associated with REACH data evaluation has the potential to change the approval and intended use for critical raw materials within sensitive applications, like food, drug or medical. It is expected that this process will drive opportunities for sustainable replacement initiatives. By design, this project feeds into to another sustainability sub-committee and business unit technology initiatives regarding development of sustainable solutions.

Products—Global Chemical Management

  Genetically Modified Organisms

Percentage of products by revenue that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs)


This metric was omitted due to lack of applicability.

  Management of the Legal & Regulatory Environment

Discussion of corporate positions related to government regulations and/or policy proposals that address environmental and social factors affecting the industry


Avient does not fund political parties or members of government. In the United States, employees at Avient have made use of their right to establish a Political Action Committee (PAC), which is a voluntary, federally registered employee association that collects donations for political purposes and decides how these are used, in accordance with U.S. law.

Planet—Community Service

  Operational Safety, Emergency Preparedness & Response

Process Safety Incidents Count (PSIC), Process Safety Total Incident Rate (PSTIR), and Process Safety Incident Severity Rate (PSISR)


1. PSIC: 0
2. PSTIR: 0.00
3. PSISR: 0.00
Metrics and Index—People and Planet Data and Metrics

Number of transport incidents



Metrics and Index—People and Planet Data and Metrics

  Activity Metric

Production by reportable segment


Revenue by Geography and End Market:
Geography: 50% US/Canada, 26% Europe, 16% Asia, 8% Latin America
End Market: 23% Consumer, 21% Packaging, 15% Healthcare, 15% Industrial, 10% Transportation, 6% Wire and Cable, 6% Building and Construction, 4% Electrical and Electronics
Part of this metric was omitted due to lack of availability (production, in units, per reportable segment).
Who We Are—Revenue by Geography and End Market