Our sustainability approach

The basis of our sustainability approach is the determination of the most relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for our own business and downstream applications. We identified three SDGs to be of highest relevance for our business. We specified attributes to communicate the positive contribution of our solutions for each of the SDGs.

Sustainable development goals at Coating Additives

Please find a detailed description of the attributes in the list below:

Safe use

Safe Use

We constantly monitor regulatory trends in the chemical and relevant downstream industries. Based on this, we analyze our portfolio for current and upcoming risks. For each product with safety related risks, we carry out individual actions to reduce or replace hazardous components.

Labels and compliance of coatings


Driven by legislation or independent organizations, there’s an increasing need for compliance of coatings to eco labels or regulatory standards. We analyze our existing portfolio for compliance and clearly communicate the compliance status of our products. We consider today´s and future compliance needs in our product development.

VOC reduction in coatings

VOC reduction

The negative impact of volatile organic compounds (VOC) to the environment is well known. As a consequence, the emission of VOCs from paints and coatings is strictly regulated in an increasing number of countries. We offer a broad portfolio which enables coating and ink companies to formulate low VOC formulations. 

Production efficiency

Production Efficiency

The formulation and application of paints, coatings and inks includes several time and energy consuming steps. We offer solutions to optimize and reduce your material and utility input, e.g. in the following situations: 

  • Pigment grinding and dispersion
  • Substrate wetting and foam destruction in the application phase
  • Room temperature instead of oven curing coatings 
Durability of coatings and inks


The function of paints and coatings in the use phase of coated articles is to provide appealing surfaces and to protect the substrate against various kinds of damages. We offer powerful solutions for durable coatings, such as:

  • Corrosion resistance
  • Scratch resistance
  • Burnish Resistance 
Sustainable feedstocks

Sustainable Feedstocks

The use of mineral oil-based resources is a main driver for the ongoing climate change. By replacing fossil raw materials with renewable alternatives we address this issue and further expand our portfolio of biobased additives. 

Circular solutions

Circular Solutions

Current value streams are in most of the cases linear, resulting in the ongoing exploitation of natural resources and ever-increasing volumes of waste. Evonik pools its activities for circular solutions in the Circular Plastics Program. The Coating Additives Business Line is part of this activity. We focus on the development of circular solutions for paints, coatings and inks.