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Element Solutions Receives Sustainability RecognitionsDecember 7, 2023 | BUSINESS WIRE
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Element Solutions Inc, a global and diversified specialty chemicals company, has received two prestigious sustainability awards for the third consecutive year: a ranking on Newsweek's list of America's Most Responsible Companies and an EcoVadis Medal. These accolades underscore Element Solutions Inc's dedication to integrating sustainability into its business operations and its commitment to environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and governance excellence.
Element Solutions Inc ranked #114 overall in Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2024 out of 600 companies and ranked #11 within the Materials and Chemicals industry classification. Newsweek first considered 30 KPIs from 2,000 of the largest US headquartered public companies from 14 industries. The second part of the analysis was comprised of a survey of 17,000 participants and their perception related to the companies’ CSR reputation.
In addition, Element Solutions Inc received an EcoVadis Silver Medal, placing it among the top 25% of companies assessed by EcoVadis, a global platform that rates companies' sustainability efforts. The EcoVadis Silver Medal acknowledges Element Solutions Inc's strong performance in environmental stewardship, labor practices, human rights, ethical conduct, and sustainable procurement.
Ben Gliklich, CEO of Element Solutions Inc said, "We are incredibly proud to receive these recognitions for our sustainability efforts. Sustainability is not just a matter of environmental and social responsibility but also a strategic imperative for long-term success. These awards validate the emphasis we place on environmental sustainability and community engagement within our business and I’m thankful for the commitment our employees make to create a more sustainable future for all.”
In business, as in life, it’s important to have an open mind. Take the people you work with at face value rather than what you are told by politicians and the media. It has always been amazing to me how easy it is to have resentment toward a people, as a country (or nationality) until you get up close and personal. Then it is not so easy. Dealing with people face to face, as human beings and fellow citizens of the world, where you get to see them as they are, is so much better and more productive. All business is people dealing with people. If we can keep it at that level, the world will become a much better place.
An attorney at DesignCon? I wasn’t sure I heard that right either, but it’s true. I sat down for an interview with international trade lawyer James Kim of ArentFox Schiff LLP. James was at the show to present a session entitled “Chips, Batteries & Charging Stations,” which highlights the Biden administration’s steps to secure the supply chain for the EV industry. James gave me a quick primer on international tariffs and trade laws, and much more.
Every year or so, I like to chat with my friend, M&A expert Tom Kastner of GP Ventures. I know he has been busy the past few years, so I was anxious to find out more about it. He is the one person I know who really has his finger on the pulse of the industry. Tom has always been a great source of information for me and the industry as a whole.
It’s a well-known fact that if your company is not growing and moving forward every single day, it is dying. The same rule applies to technology companies: To stay alive, you must grow your technology by keeping up with your customers’ product technology needs. Too many printed circuit board fabricators are dying a slow death because they are not willing or able to invest the time, energy, money, and passion to always work on their technology.
When it comes to business-to-business (B2B) customer service, it is often the little things that matter. While many companies focus on the big things, they ignore the little "softer things" that really create a great customer experience. I truly believe that the higher the technology a company produces, the lousier its customer service. It's as if those companies producing the highest tech products feel they deserve a pass for the easier, always important but more mundane, aspects of customer service.