The CIA Awards highlight the excellent performance of companies and individual manufacturing sites within the UK chemical industry. In presenting the Company of the Year Award to Croda, the CIA acknowledged the significant investments that the business has made in the UK over the past two years, their continuing growth in exporting products around the world and their commitment to innovation through their Smart Partnering and Open Innovation Program.
Croda’s focus on identifying and investing in sustainability initiatives to minimize their environmental impact was also recognised, with their Hull manufacturing site winning the Environmental Leadership Award. The judges were particularly impressed by the site’s recent work on cradle-to-gate Life Cycle Assessments to fully understand the carbon impact of its operations. With key inputs including the site’s high use of renewable raw materials from bio-based sources, and its onsite wind turbine to provide green energy, these assessments identified products that leave the site carbon negative.