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What is sustainability?

Sustainability is a complex concept. The most often quoted definition comes from the UN Bruntland commission: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

However, in THI, our views and values are more in line with the charter for the UCLA Sustainability Committee, where sustainability is defined as:
“the physical development and institutional operating practices that meet the needs of present users without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, particularly with regard to use and waste of natural resources. Sustainable practices support ecological, human, and economic health and vitality. Sustainability presumes that resources are finite, and should be used conservatively and wisely with a view to long-term priorities and consequences of the ways in which resources are used.”

In simplest terms, sustainability is about our children and our grandchildren, and the world we will leave them.

THI is a global business focused on its core skills: organic ingredients and fine chemicals. It is our strategy to grow our business through investment in people, technology, and processes concerned with protecting the environment and through the responsible management of the very valuable materials with which we work.

Throughout THI we are committed to the principles of sustainable development and strive for outstanding resource efficiency and carbon neutrality. Going forward, we aim to further develop and enhance sustainability as a core competence and key driver of competitiveness for our business. We aim to encourage our suppliers and customers to adopt the values of sustainability which we uphold.