WEF index





Governing purpose

Setting purpose​
The company’s stated purpose, as the expression of the means by which a business proposes solutions to economic, environmental and social issues. Corporate purpose should create value for all stakeholders, including shareholders.

The Umicore Way; About us; Goverance; Corporate governance statements: G2

Purpose-led management​
How the company’s stated purpose is embedded in company strategies, policies and goals.

The Umicore Way; About us; Our business; Goverance; Management Approach; Corporate governance statements: G2

Stakeholder engagement

Material issues impacting stakeholders​
A list of the topics that are material to key stakeholders and the company, how the topics were identified and how the stakeholders were engaged.

Aiming for impact

Risk and opportunity oversight

Integrating risk and opportunity into business process ​
Company risk factor and opportunity disclosures that clearly identify the principal material risks and opportunities facing the company specifically (as opposed to generic sector risks), the company appetite in respect of these risks, how these risks and opportunities have moved over time and the response to those changes. These opportunities and risks should integrate material economic, environmental and social issues, including climate change and data stewardship.

Managing risk effectively; Risks and opportunities overview

Quality of governing body

Governance body composition​
Composition of the highest governance body and its committees by: competencies relating to economic, environmental and social topics; executive or non-executive; independence; tenure on the governance body; number of each individual’s other significant positions and commitments, and the nature of the commitments; gender; membership of under-represented social groups; stakeholder representation.

Governance; Supervisory Board; Corporate governance statements: G2

Progress against strategic milestones​
Disclosure of the material strategic economic, environmental and social milestones expected to be achieved in the following year, such milestones achieved from the previous year, and how those milestones are expected to or have contributed to long-term value.

Performance; Sustainability

1. How performance criteria in the remuneration policies relate to the highest governance body’s and senior executives’ objectives for economic, environmental and social topics, as connected to the company’s stated purpose, strategy and long-term value.​
2. Remuneration policies for the highest governance body and senior executives for the following types of remuneration:​ Fixed pay and variable pay, including performance-based pay, equity-based pay, bonuses and deferred or vested shares​ Sign-on bonuses or recruitment incentive payments​ Termination payments​ Clawbacks​ Retirement benefits, including the difference between benefit schemes and contribution rates for the highest governance body, senior executives and all other employees​

Remuneration policy; Proposed remuneration policy; Remuneration report

Ethical behavior

Total percentage of governance body members, employees and business partners who have received training on the organization’s anti-corruption policies and procedures, broken down by region.​
Total number and nature of incidents of corruption confirmed during the current year, but related to previous years; and​
Total number and nature of incidents of corruption confirmed during the current year, related to this year.​
Discussion of initiatives and stakeholder engagement to improve the broader operating environment and culture, in order to combat corruption.

Limited disclosure: Employees

All employees receive informal training on the Code of Conductwhen joining the company

Protected ethics advice and reporting mechanisms​
A description of internal and external mechanisms for:​
Seeking advice about ethical and lawful behaviour and organizational integrity; and​
Reporting concerns about unethical or unlawful behaviour and lack of organizational integrity.

Code of conduct

Alignment of strategy and policies to lobbying​
The significant issues that are the focus of the company’s participation in public policy development and lobbying; the company’s strategy relevant to these areas of focus; and any differences between its lobbying positions and its purpose, stated policies, goals or other public positions.

Limited disclosure: Society


Climate change

GHG emissions: For all relevant greenhouse gases (e.g., carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, F-gases etc.), report in metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) emissions. Estimate and report material upstream and downstream (GHG Protocol scope 3) emissions where appropriate.

Environment; Environmental Statements: E7

TCFD implementation: Fully implement the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). If necessary, disclose a timeline of at most three years for full implementation. Disclose whether you have set, or have committed to set, GHG​ emissions targets that are in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement – to limit global warming to well below 2°C above preindustrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C – and to achieve net-zero emissions before 2050.

TCFD Index

Paris‑aligned GHG emissions targets​:
Define and report progress against time‑bound science‑based GHG emissions targets that are in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement – to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre‑industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C. This should include defining a date before 2050 by which you will achieve net‑zero greenhouse gas emissions, and interim reduction targets based on the methodologies provided by the Science Based Targets initiative, if applicable.​
If an alternative approach is taken, disclose the methodology used to calculate the targets and the basis on which they deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement.


Freshwater availability

Water consumption and withdrawal in water‑stressed areas​:
Report for operations where material: megalitres of water withdrawn, megalitres of water consumed and the percentage of each in regions with high or extremely high baseline water stress, according to WRI Aqueduct water risk atlas tool.​
Estimate and report the same information for the full value chain (upstream and downstream) where appropriate.

Limited disclosure; Environment; Environmental statements: E4

Water pollution

Estimate and report wherever material along the value chain: metric tonnes of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium in fertilizer consumed.

Environment; Environmental statements: E5

Air pollution

Air pollution​:
Report wherever material along the value chain: nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SOx), particulate matter and other significant air emissions. Wherever possible estimate the proportion of specified emissions that occur in or adjacent to urban/densely populated areas.

Environment; Environmental statements: E5

Resource availability

Resource circularity​: Report the most appropriate resource circularity metric(s) for the whole company and/or at a product, material or site level as applicable. ​

Environment; Environmental statements: E2


Dignity & Equality

Diversity and inclusion (%)​:
Percentage of employees per employee category, by age group, gender and other indicators of diversity (e.g. ethnicity).

Employees; Social key figures

Risk for incidents of child, forced or compulsory labour​:
An explanation of the operations and suppliers considered to have significant risk for incidents of child labour, forced or compulsory labour. Such risks could emerge in relation to:​
a) type of operation (such as manufacturing plant) and type of supplier; and​
b) countries or geographic areas with operations and suppliers considered at risk.

Society; Risks and opportunities overview - Sustainable & ethical supply; Umicore Global Sustainable Sourcing Policy

Freedom of association and collective bargaining at risk (%)​: Percentage of active workforce covered under collective bargaining agreements.​ An explanation of the assessment performed on suppliers for which the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is at risk, including measures taken by the organization to address these risks.

Limited disclosure: Employees; Social key figures

Health and wellbeing

Health and safety (%)​:
1. The number and rate of fatalities as a result of work-related injury; high-consequence work-related injuries (excluding fatalities); recordable work-related injuries; main types of work-related injury; and the number of hours worked.​
2. An explanation of how the organization facilitates workers’ access to non-occupational medical and healthcare services, and the scope of access provided for employees and workers

Employees; Social statements S4, S5; Social key figures

Employee well-being (#, %)​: The number of fatalities as a result of work-related ill-health, recordable work-related ill-health injuries, and the main types of work-related ill-health for all employees and workers.​ a) Percentage of employees participating in “best practice” health and well-being programmes, and b) Absentee rate (AR) of all employees

Employees; Key figures

Skills for the future

Training provided (#, $):
Average hours of training per person that the organization’s employees have undertaken during the reporting period, by gender and employee category (total number of hours of training provided to employees divided by the number of employees). ​​
Average training and development expenditure per full time employee (total cost of training provided to employees divided by the number of employees).

Employees; Social statements S3; Social key figures


Employment and wealth generation

Absolute number and rate of employment​:
Total number and rate of new employee hires during the reporting period, by age group, gender, other indicators of diversity and region. ​
Total number and rate of employee turnover during the reporting period, by age group, gender, other indicators of diversity and region.

Limited disclosure: Employees; Social statements: S2, S3; Social key figures

Economic contribution:
Direct economic value generated and distributed (EVG&D), on an accruals basis, covering the basic components for the organization’s global operations, ideally split out by:​
Revenues​, Operating costs​, Employee wages and benefits​, Payments to providers of capital​, Payments to government​, Community investment​
Financial assistance received from the government: total monetary value of financial assistance received by the organization from any government during the reporting period.

Umicore at a glance; Financial; Financial statements: F8, F9, F39; Society key figures; Key figures

Financial investment contribution:
Total capital expenditures (CapEx) minus depreciation, supported by narrative to describe the company’s investment strategy.​
Share buybacks plus dividend payments, supported by narrative to describe the company’s strategy for returns of capital to shareholders.

Umicore at a glance; Investing in Umicore; Operations; Financial statements

Innovation of better products and services

Total R&D expenses ($)​
Total costs related to research and development.


Community and social vitality

Social value generated (%)​
Percentage of revenue from products and services designed to deliver specific social benefits or to address specific sustainability challenges.

Sustainable Products & Services

Total tax paid​:
The total global tax borne by the company, including corporate income taxes, property taxes, non-creditable VAT and other sales taxes, employer-paid payroll taxes, and other taxes that constitute costs to the company, by category of taxes.

Society; Society key figures