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: 18,216 MT CO2e

0% covered under an emission limiting regulation

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
Planet-Climate Change, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG)

  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: 0.09 MT
2. SOx: 0.08 MT
3. VOCs: 42.95 MT
4. HAPs: 1.18 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: 1,671,768 GJ
2. % Grid electricity: 77.53%
3. % renewable: 43.71%
4. total self-generated: 3755 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(1) Total water withdrawn, (2) total water consumed, percentage of each in regions with High or Extremely High Baseline Water Stress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 Total water withdrawn: 1,263 thousand m3
2. Percentage of total water withdrawn and consumed from regions of high water stress: 35.3%
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: Water Intensity and Biodiversity

  Hazardous Waste Management

Amount of hazardous waste generated, percentage recycled


Total Hazardous Waste: 2,233 MT
Total Hazardous Waste Recycled: 47%

  Community Relations

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


Our internal team of business and functional leaders and their teams at all levels of the organization assess and identify key topics for our stakeholders on an ongoing basis to ensure our channels of engagement support ongoing collaboration. More specifically, we engage with local communities to address identified topics, including sustainability, emergency preparedness, safety and environmental protection, and employment opportunities. To ensure a positive relationship, we engage in a number of different ways, such as site management touchpoints with community leaders, employee community service, and our Chamber of Commerce and other memberships. Our process includes a focus on 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. Through continuous collaboration with local communities, we manage the risks and opportunities associated in the areas where we conduct business.

  Workforce Health & Safety

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


1. TRIR for Direct Employees: 0.55
2. TRIR for Contractors: 0.00
3. 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


Avient’s EH&S Management System (EH&S MS) is managed by its Corporate Environmental, Health, Safety and Product Stewardship Department, and degreed technical experts employed in all regions and businesses. Avient’s Vice President of EH&S and SVP of Global Operations and Process Improvement are responsible for reporting to the EH&S Committee of the Board of Directors. The foundation of our Management Approach to EH&S is rooted in ACC Responsible Care®. We established a comprehensive EH&S MS to systemically identify and address any risks. Avient’s EH&S MS is externally certified and based on the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care Management System (RCMS) Standard, which incorporates the principle of continuous improvement. It applies to all Avient sites and our contractors globally.
People—Management Approach: EH&S

  Product Design for Use-phase Efficiency

Revenue from products designed for use-phase resource efficiency


$915 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 2021 revenue were from products classified as GHS category 1 or 2
2. The majority of our products are not labeled or transported as hazardous materials. Despite this, we are committed to the process and have completed 40% of prioritized risk assessments.
Products—Management Approach: Product Stewardship

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, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) assessments, reclassifications and communication on the safe use and handling of these substances. Many other countries are following suit on the EU REACH chemicals regulation or a similar framework. In 2021, we successfully completed the pre-registration for UK REACH post Brexit.

We continue to complete and update Poison Control Center notifications associated with our European portfolio. 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. Management and monitoring these global inventory changes and other emerging issues by our regional product stewardship experts ensures a quick evaluation and proactive response to potential regulatory risks. To further facilitate our and our customer’s management of these changes, Avient implemented a new software in 2021 to decrease overall response time. This commitment to managing and monitoring these business activities is demonstrated through our Global Chemical Management Policy. This policy was updated in 2021 to outline our risk assessment target and our commitment to animal welfare through our newly adopted Animal Testing Policy.

Products—Global Chemical Management
Global Chemical Management Policy
Products-Management Approach: Product Stewardship

  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.

Performance—The Highest Ethical Standards; Ethics Hotline and Reporting; Enterprise Risk Management
Avient 2021 Annual Report—Form 10-K Pages 9-12

  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


Number of Transport Incidents: 0
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, 25% EMEA, 16% Asia, 8% Latin America End Market: 23% Consumer, 19% Packaging, 15% Healthcare, 16% Industrial, 11% Transportation, 10% Building and Construction, 4% Telecommunications, 2% Energy
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