EHS - Sustainability

Environment, Health, Safety

The European Adhesives and Sealants Manufacturers under the umbrella of FEICA develop and sell products and systems which give a special benefit to the customer. This strategy includes a commitment to the constant improvement of safety and environmental aspects as well as safety in the work place.

The members of FEICA support and maintain an intensive internal and external communication process informing on issues relating to Environmental, Health and Safety protection (EHS). Information is made available in an open manner, ensuring that members are quickly and efficiently up to date with issues that affect them or their customers.

FEICA is actively working to improve EHS standards in several areas:

  • Paper recycling
  • Food contact

Sustainable Development


The adhesive and sealant industry is committed to enabling a growing population to live a better life and to use the planet’s resources more responsibly and efficiently.


FEICA’s sustainability vision (see frame) focusses on three areas of progress:

  • Developing solutions for energy efficiency;
  • Most efficient use of raw materials, and;
  • Safeguarding people’s health.

Key objectives of FEICA’s sustainable development programme are to:

  • Encourage member companies to engage with FEICA’s sustainable development vision and foster active participation.
  • Discover and share best practice across member companies.
  • Raise awareness of the adhesive and sealant industry's contribution to sustainability, internally and externally, both in terms of activities to improve the sustainability of its own industry, as well as helping customers and their customers be more sustainable.


FEICA has chosen a ‘tool box’ approach to assist its members to improve sustainability. Taking into account the numerous applications, technologies and raw materials of our diverse industry, it becomes clear that a practical toolset (or set of options) adapted to the specific needs of all adhesive and sealant companies is the way forward. Thus allowing some flexibility and ensuring that each company, big and small alike, can make a contribution and choose the ‘tool’ that works best for them. It needs to be understood that it is not an option to do nothing.

At the beginning of this year, the ETB Sustainability Task Force launched a survey with the aim of exploring what sustainability means to the adhesive and sealant industry and what the needs and limits of the companies are. One of the survey outcomes was that 84% of the respondents indicated to have already installed measures for resource efficient production (e.g. reduction of energy/water/waste, hazardous ingredients, VOC). Other programmes include end of life waste reduction, use of bio-based raw materials, Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) or, mainly taken on board by the larger companies, LCA (Life Cycle Analysis).

The Sustainability Task Force will be developing in the coming months some of the tools and services that have been identified in the survey to be useful to the industry but also gather further ideas and feedback from FEICA members.