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Our Principles

Our principles – sustainability at OQ Chemicals

For OQ Chemicals, sustainability means taking responsibility for the social, ecological and economic impact of our business activities. This means that sustainability is the basis for meeting the expectations of our stakeholder groups and safeguarding the long-term success of our company. It is of vital importance for us to meet this responsibility.

“We are as committed as ever to constantly improving our sustainability performance. We operate in an economic environment in which sustainability and, above all, climate protection are increasingly important. We see this as both a challenge and an opportunity to further evolve as a company. The way we act today is crucial for determining long-term prospects.” 

Dr. Oliver Borgmeier, CEO OQ Chemicals

Corporate responsibility

For OQ Chemicals, the key to lasting success is maintaining a constant dialog with the company’s various stakeholders. Having a transparent and consistent flow of information is central to any working relationship based on mutual trust.

It goes without saying that OQ Chemicals complies with legal requirements. We use various tools and frameworks for managing and assessing our sustainability work.

You can find an overview of our sustainability (CSR) activities and certifications here: 

ISO 14001: Our environmental and sustainability management system meets international environmental standards. All OQ Chemicals sites are ISO 14001 certified.

ISO 50001: Through the sustainable use of energy, our energy management system helps to reduce consumption and minimize carbon emissions. We have already rolled this out successfully at our European sites in Marl, Oberhausen and Amsterdam.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): We at OQ Chemicals support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and have identified four SDGs to which we are contributing. These are: investment in training and education (SDG 4 Quality Education), safe and efficient production processes (SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production), a clear corporate structure with defined processes (SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth), CO2 reduction targets and measures for minimizing environmental impact (SDG 13 Climate Action).

You can find more detailed information in our Sustainability Report.

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Our sites in Amsterdam, Monheim, Marl and Oberhausen are certified in accordance with the ISSC Plus standard. Using ISCC Plus-certified raw materials is an important step for providing customers with alternatives to our fossil-based product portfolio.

TfS Audit

Through our first ever on-site audit for the Together for Sustainability sector initiative, we create transparency and demonstrate our impressive performance in environmental management, occupational and plant safety, and employee working conditions. 


Since 2019, we have received the Gold Award from internationally recognized rating platform EcoVadis every year. This means that we belong to the top five percent of companies in the relevant comparison group.

Use our contact form to ask us about our scorecard and to find out more about our activities.

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Top Employer

Our German sites were assessed by the Top Employers Institute – an independent, internationally recognized institute for certifying companies and their HR work – and subsequently certified as a Top Employer.

Responsible Care

OQ Chemicals is a listed member of Responsible Care®, a worldwide voluntary chemical industry initiative whose member companies commit themselves to continually improving their environmental, social and work safety performance beyond what is required by law.

OQ Chemicals has won a Responsible Care® award for its safety campaign (i=Safety).

Environmental, social and governance (ESG)

At OQ Chemicals we use different standards and frameworks to evaluate our sustainability performance. Even though we are not a publicly listed company, we employ ESG criteria for internal evaluation purposes and for identifying potential challenges, risks and chances. ESG criteria help us to map our performance and to define targets and suitable measures accordingly.