Umicore is a global materials technology and recycling group. It focuses on application areas where its expertise in materials science, chemistry and metallurgy makes a real difference. Its activities are organised in three business groups: Catalysis, Energy & Surface Technologies and Recycling. Each business group is divided into market-focused business units offering materials and solutions that are at the cutting edge of new technological developments and essential to everyday life. Umicore generates the majority of its revenues and dedicates most of its R&D efforts to clean technologies, such as emission control catalysts, materials for rechargeable batteries and recycling. Umicore’s overriding goal of sustainable value creation is based on an ambition to develop, produce and recycle materials in a way that fulfils its mission: materials for a better life.


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8. Decent work and economic growth

This SDG is mainly linked to Umicore’s Horizon 2020 strategy with objectives on doubling the size of the business in terms of earnings, sustainability in the value chain, health and safety in the workplace and diversity. Further we want to maintain and continually improve the achievements we booked during the past years in the framework of the Vision 2015 strategy in terms of our environmental and social footprint (metal emissions, CO2 emissions, people development).

11. Sustainable cities and communities

Umicore’s expertise in catalysts used in automotive emission systems for light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles as well as its expertise in cathode materials for rechargeable batteries are key in supporting better air quality and developing low carbon mobility. This SDG is mainly linked to Umicore’s Horizon 2020 objective on leadership in clean mobility and eco-efficiency.

12. Responsible consumption and production

Umicore’s closed loop business model and its knowledge of the applications are key assets to contribute to sustainable management of natural resources, especially metals. This SDG is mainly linked to Umicore’s Horizon 2020 objectives on leadership in recycling and offering sustainable products and services.