I am pleased to present to you Axalta’s 2018-2019 Sustainability Report. This report highlights the significant progress our company has made on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics over the past two years.
As I write this, the world has been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Our team has been committed to safe operations and supporting our local communities during this challenging time. Safety is always top of mind for us at Axalta regardless of operating conditions, and we are focused on “Driving Perfect Performance” at all of our sites. I am proud that we achieved our best-ever safety performance in 2019.
For more than 150 years, Axalta has been at the forefront of technology in the coatings industry. We continue to introduce more than 250 new products each year, working to provide our customers in the transportation, refinish, and industrial end markets with innovative and sustainable coating systems that make materials last longer and perform better. Our report highlights how we collaborate with our customers and features some of our innovative products and services that enable them to improve sustainability within their own operations.
Inside our fence line, our manufacturing sites around the world are making progress toward our goals of reducing energy use, emissions, water use, and waste from production. Our sustainability commitment also extends into our supply chain, where we continue to work with our suppliers to advance responsible sourcing practices and uphold human rights.
Our people are what make Axalta a leading coatings manufacturer. We strengthened our talent development programs over the past two years and remain focused on providing our employees meaningful experiences throughout their careers. We expanded our Axalta Women’s Network into Latin America in 2019 and we are committed to further enhancing Axalta’s inclusive culture and diverse workforce globally. Our employees are also engaged in our Axalta Bright Futures program, which supports our local communities through our focused initiatives that promote STEM education and environmental stewardship.
On behalf of the Axalta team around the world, I invite you to explore our report and learn how we continue to embrace sustainability throughout our business.
Chief Executive Officer