The companies of ALTANA AG develop, manufacture, and distribute high-quality, specialty chemical products and provide the associated services. ALTANA is a globally active corporation headquartered in Wesel, Germany, with an international sales share of approximately 87 percent. Its four divisions, BYK Additives & Instruments, ECKART Effect Pigments, ELANTAS Electrical Insulation, and ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants, occupy a leading position in their target markets with respect to quality, product solution expertise, innovation, and service.

ALTANA offers innovative and environmentally compatible solutions for coating manufacturers, paint and plastics processors, the printing and packaging industries, the cosmetics sector, and the electrical and electronics industry. The product range includes additives, special coatings and adhesives, effect pigments, sealants and compounds, impregnating resins and varnishes, and testing and measuring instruments.

The ALTANA Group, which belongs to SKion GmbH, an investment company owned by Susanne Klatten, who is also the Deputy Chairwoman of ALTANA’s Supervisory Board, currently includes 45 production sites and more than 50 service and research laboratories worldwide. Throughout the Group about 6,000 people work to ensure the worldwide success of ALTANA. In 2015, ALTANA achieved sales of more than 2 billion euros. About 6 percent of sales are invested in research and development every year. Its high earning power and high growth rate make ALTANA one of the most innovative, fastest-growing, and profitable chemical companies in the world.

About this report

The Sustainability Report 2015 was written by ALTANA AG to provide the public, the company’s employees and business partners, authorities, non-governmental organizations, and all other stakeholders with information about the implementation of sustainability in the strategy of ALTANA in terms of ecology and corporate social responsibility. The company’s economic development is discussed in detail in its 2015 Annual Report.

The facts and key figures presented in this report refer to fiscal year 2015; environmental performance indicators refer to the period from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. Unless otherwise noted, our statements apply to all divisions and worldwide subsidiaries that were part of the ALTANA Group in 2015. The report follows the international G3 guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). We performed an in-house assessment of our compliance with GRI indicators and have concluded that the report meets the requirements of application level A.

For further information on the topics presented in this report, on further performance indicators, and concerning the GRI Index, please visit The annually published report also serves as COP on ALTANA’s implementation of the principles of the Global Compact. The report is available in both German and English.

ALTANA Materiality Matrix

The ALTANA Materiality Matrix shows all topics addressed in this sustainability report. In addition, the matrix makes it clear that the relevance of a topic is often assessed differently internally than externally. At the same time, all fields of activity are important to us. We focus special attention on topics on the right side of the matrix (see graphic).