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2021 ESG Report

ESG Report

ESG Report

Recognition and Awards

Recognitions and awards encourage us to do even better


As a leader in ESG, we've earned the following recognitions and awards, reinforcing and encouraging our efforts.

Indexes and Rankings

Indexes and Rankings 

  • #3 on the 2021 FORTUNE® World’s Most Admired Companies list in our industry
  • #220 on the Fortune 500
  • #11 in the Materials and Chemical category on Newsweek's America's Most Responsible Companies list 2022
  • Forbes 2021 Best Employers for Women
  • Forbes 2022 America's Best Employers
  • #17 on the ICIS Chemical Business Magazine's Top 100 Chemical Companies list
  • #531 on the FORBES® Global 2000
  • #84 on IndustryWeek's U.S. 500
  • #2 on Coatings World's Top 100 Companies list
  • AA rating by MSCI for environmental, social and governance practices

ESG Recognition

Going for gold

Ranking among the top 6% of companies evaluated, PPG received a Gold Rating in corporate social responsibility from EcoVadis, a leading provider of business sustainability ratings. We earned high scores for environmental and ethical practices, after recently assessing 1,000 key suppliers on EcoVadis' four sustainability categories, which contributed to a 20-point increase in our sustainable procurement score compared to 2019.

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Knight in sustainability armor

Recognized as the top paints, coatings and specialty materials manufacturer, we ranked 74th on the Corporate Knights' CLEAN200 global list. The annual ranking highlights publicly traded companies that are leading the way with solutions for the transition to a clean energy future.

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Recognized for good

For the third consecutive year, we were named to the FTSE4Good Index Series. The index, which is compiled by the FTSE Group, measures the performance of a company's environmental, social and governance practices.

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Equality for all

We received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's 2022 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) workplace equality. PPG has been listed on the index for 19 years.

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Transparent leadership

PPG was included in the 2022 JUST Capital ranking, which ranks how America’s largest publicly traded companies perform on the top issues that Americans prioritize. We outperformed the industry average in nearly every category, earning an overall improvement of 274 spots since 2020. We earned high marks for environmental and product sustainability and ranked No. 2 for community engagement and No. 1 in transparent communication in its industry.

SDG influencer

ISS Corporate Solutions (ICS) noted PPG as having 'significant positive impact' on its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Impact Report, putting us in the top 10% of evaluated chemical companies. We received our highest score on SDG 13, Climate Action, due to ongoing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our operations, primarily by lowering energy consumption and using renewable energy. The ICS SDG Impact Report measures how companies are managing impacts in their operations across the value chain, while making use of existing and emerging opportunities in their products and services to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations SDGs.

Product & Process Awards

Talk the talk, MOONWALK™ the walk

The PPG MoonWalk robotic system for mixing automotive refinish coatings earned first place in the Sustainable Innovation category for the British Coatings Federation (BCF) awards, which recognize excellence in companies and individuals in the coatings sector. The product also received the 2020 Technology and Innovation Award from bodyshop magazine.

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Changing the game

Three innovations, PPG BFP-SE Battery Fire Protection, PPG ENVIROCRON Extreme Protection thermally conductive powder coatings, and PPG HI-TEMP® 1027 HD coating, earned prestigious R&D100 Awards, which honor 100 game-changing technologies and services of the past year. In total, PPG has earned more than 30 R&D 100 Awards.

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Signed, sealed, delivered

Operating with the highest levels of compliance, transparency and integrity are only a few of the reasons we were awarded the 2020-2021 Pro-Ethics seal, which is granted by the Brazil Federal Ministry of Transparency and the Comptroller General of the Union in partnership with the Ethos Institute. PPG stood out as the only coatings company to be recognized.

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Green stamp of approval

Our coatings manufacturing plant in Sumaré, Brazil was awarded the Green Stamp (Selo Verde) by the sustainability committee of Jornal do Comércio in recognition of the facility's commitment to the environment. The stamp is awarded to a select group of companies that are conscientious in the areas of water and effluents, energy, raw materials and waste, atmospheric emissions and environmental education.

Top of the class

Of the thousands of companies with operations in Tianjin, only 18 companies are considered "Class A Enterprises." PPG is one of them. Thanks to the facility's environmental control policy, the Tianjin City Ecology and Environment Bureau has determined PPG’s Tianjin facility can operate normally during periods of heavy air pollution. This designation allows us to continue producing products to meet customer delivery expectations and avoids unnecessary shutdown costs.

Tree hugger

The largest professional organization of do-it-yourself, gardening and housing development manufacturers in France recognized PPG and our RIPOLIN™ paint brand for its outstanding commitment to sustainability. The Association des Industriels du Nouvel Habitat (IHOHA) awarded PPG with its highest corporate social responsibility (CSR) award based on several key achievements, including:

  • ISO 14001-certification at our Architectural Coatings manufacturing sites in France. The certification ensures that the facilities meet stringent. international environmental management standards.
  • Reduced environmental impact of Ripolin paint. The paint, launched in 2020, is made almost entirely of bio-based resins that reduce CO2 emissions in the air by 25%.
  • Reduction in Ripolin paint's carbon footprint through the use of recycled plastic packaging.

In addition, the panel applauded Ripolin paint's efforts to partner with Reforest’Action to plant a tree for every can of paint sold during a special 2021 promotion.

Customer Awards

Strategic supplier

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Latin America recognized PPG as the best raw materials supplier in the region at its Annual Supplier Conference, marking the second time in three years that we have received this recognition.

Employee Recognition

The business of influence

Anne Foulkes, PPG senior vice president and general counsel, and Rebecca Liebert, PPG executive vice president, were named to the Pittsburgh Business Times' 2021 Women of Influence list. The annual listing honors the Pittsburgh region's most influential women across every industry and profession with a strong track record of performance that have made a difference in Western Pennsylvania and its communities.

Stepping into leadership

In recognition of their exemplary leadership and achievements in the manufacturing industry, Rachel Harris, PPG senior research chemist, and Kristin Nuzzio, PPG group leader, R&D, automotive OEM coatings, earned STEP Ahead Awards from the Manufacturing Institute.

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