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Novus International
01. Summing Up Novus
Part: 01
02. Summing Up Customer Benefits
Part: 02
03. Summing Up Sustainability
Part: 03
04. Summing Up Performance and Data
Part: 04

About This Report

This sixth global Sustainability Report of Novus International, Inc. describes our approach to sustainability and the actions we have taken during 2013 to advance responsible and sustainable business practices. In all cases, data relates to the 2013 calendar year unless otherwise stated. Relevant information and case studies from the early part of 2014 also are included.

In developing this report, we have considered input from our stakeholders, gathered in meetings and discussions through many channels in several countries. We determined the selection of content for this report based on our priority sustainability material impacts following a process of evaluation and focused feedback from stakeholders.

This report has been written in accordance the Global Reporting Initiative G4 reporting framework at core level, and reports in line with the principles of materiality (the issues most important for our long-term business growth and which are of most importance to stakeholders), stakeholder inclusiveness (responding to stakeholder expectations and interests), sustainability context (presenting our performance in the wider contexts of sustainability issues), and completeness (inclusion of all the information which reflects significant economic impacts in order to enable stakeholders to assess our performance).

The scope of this report covers all Novus operations globally, including wholly-owned and majority-owned subsidiaries. Environmental data covers Novus-owned or Novus-operated manufacturing plants and research centers. Exceptions have been noted where relevant.

This is the sixth successive year we have reported on sustainability and we intend to continue to report annually. We have not sought external assurance of this Sustainability Report but the entire report content was developed with the assistance of an external consultant who evaluated the data and information provided by Novus. Over 50 Novus personnel, including Novus senior executives, were interviewed for the purpose of gathering and verifying data processes for this report.

GRI Content Index

General Standard Disclosures

G4-20 AND G4-21

G4-10 Detailed Disclosure

Notes to compilation: Employees are permanent payroll employees employed by Novus at December 21, 2013. This excludes supervised workers or temporary contractors – there are very few such employees at Novus at any given time. There are no significant seasonal variations in the Novus workforce.

Specific Standard Disclosures

Quantitative Responses - Specific Standard Disclosures

G4-LA1 Employment 

G4-LA6 Occupational Health and Safety


  • We recorded zero fatalities in 2013, as in all prior years since the start of our reporting. 

  • We recorded zero incidents of occupational disease.

  • Injury and lost day rates are calculated on the basis of 100 employees, using 200,000 hours per full time employee at year end. 

  • We do not specifically record total absentee levels throughout our organization and have no immediate plans to do so, given the complexity of our local operations around the world. 

G4-EN3 Energy Consumption Within the Organization


  • Minor amounts of gasoline and LPG consumption are excluded. 

  • We do not measure local sales offices or research laboratories which employ fewer than 50 people as resource consumption at these locations is negligible.

  • All electricity requirements are drawn from the National Grid in each country of operation, with the exception of our Green Acres Research Farm which generates electricity using solar energy for 17 percent of the site’s requirements.

  • Our site in Little Rock restated natural gas consumption for 2012 to correct an error in 2012 reporting.

  • We do not purchase heating or cooling as indirect energy sources.

G4-EN5 Energy Intensity


  • Our energy intensity ratio is calculated at our total energy consumption for all Novus sites divided by the production output in tons from Novus production sites worldwide. The calculation includes all natural gas, diesel, electricity, steam and renewable energy sources at the production sites.

G4-EN8 Total Water Withdrawal by Source

G4-EN15 Direct Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions (Scope 1)
G4-EN16 Energy Indirect Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions (Scope 2)

  • Greenhouse gases included: CO2, CH4 and N2O.
  • Calculations are made using EPA eGRID sources for electricity in the U.S. and IEA sources for electricity in all other countries. All other emissions factors are taken from DEFRA 2012 GHG conversion factors.
  • Emissions from minor amounts of gasoline and LPG consumption are excluded.
  • GHG emissions are total emissions and do not account for small offsets from solar generation.

G4-EN18 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Intensity

  • Our energy intensity ratio is calculated at our total GHG emissions for all Novus sites divided by the production output in tons from Novus production sites worldwide. It includes Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions as reported in G4-EN15 and G4-EN16. 

G4-EN23 Total Weight of Waste by Type and Disposal Method