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GRI PROFILE

GLOBAL REPORTING INITIATIVE INDEX

To guide the selection of report content and improve report quality, we use the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. GRI is a network-based organization that developed the world’s most widely used voluntary sustainability reporting framework. The GRI reporting framework is developed through a consensus-seeking, multi-stakeholder process. SABIC is reporting on the metrics that we deem material. For further information on the Global Reporting Initiative, please see www.globalreporting.org.

SABIC has chosen to voluntarily report on our sustainability performance and has designed processes to collect and/or estimate, assess and report on this data.

G4 IndicatorResponse
G4-1Chairman’s Welcome and Vice Chairman and CEO Interview
G4-2Description of key sustainability impacts, risks and opportunities can be found throughout the content of this report and in Strategy.
G4-3SABIC
G4-4About SABIC – Strategy, Core Markets and Value Chain and SABIC 2015 Annual Report
G4-5Back Cover
G4-6SABIC 2015 Annual Report
G4-7SABIC 2015 Annual Report
G4-8SABIC 2015 Annual Report
G4-9About SABIC and SABIC 2015 Annual Report
G4-10Human Capital Development. SABIC does not disclose additional detail at this time
G4-11Based on the Indicators of this Aspect, the percentage of employees covered by Collective Bargaining is not material to SABIC as determined through our Materiality review process, described in the Materiality section and the Technical Supplement 2015
G4-12Supply Chain and SABIC 2015 Annual Report
G4-13Found throughout this report, About SABIC and in SABIC 2015 Annual Report
G4-14SABIC supports the precautionary approach to environmental challenges. More detail can be found in the Technical Supplement 2015
G4-15Since 2012, SABIC has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact and is a strong supporter of Responsible Care
G4-16Core Markets: Engagement and Collaboration and Technical Supplement 2014
G4-17Addendum – About This Report and SABIC Annual Report 2015 This sustainability report covers SABIC and its subsidiary operations, unless otherwise specified.
G4-18Materiality and Technical Supplement 2015
G4-19Materiality and Technical Supplement 2015
G4-20We explain our process for assessing materiality in Materiality and Technical Supplement 2015. The scope and boundary of the sustainability report are defined in Addendum – About This Report. All material aspects are assumed to be organization-wide. Any metric with a limited scope is defined in the discussion of that specific metric.
G4-21We explain our process for assessing materiality in Materiality and Technical Supplement 2015. The scope and boundary of the sustainability report are defined in Addendum – About This Report.
G4-22This report does not include any corrections or restatements of information provided in previous reports.
G4-23Any explanation of significant changes from previous reporting periods is described in the discussion of that specific metric in the report and in the Technical Supplement 2015, with the discussion of that Aspect in this GRI Index.
G4-24We have long recognized and embraced the important role that stakeholders play in our business, including our employees, shareholders, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), industry and supply chain partners. Information on SABIC practices for stakeholder engagement can be found within the Technical Supplement 2015 and throughout the content of this report.
G4-25Information on SABIC practices for stakeholder engagement can be found within the Technical Supplement 2015 and throughout the content of this report.
G4-26Information on SABIC practices for stakeholder engagement can be found within the Technical Supplement 2015 and throughout the content of this report.
G4-27This information can be found within the Technical Supplement 2015 and throughout the content of this report.
G4-28SABIC is reporting on the 2015 calendar year (January 1, 2015–December 31, 2015), unless otherwise specified.
G4-29SABIC publishes its Sustainability Report annually. The Company published its most recent previous report in April 2015.
G4-30SABIC reports on an annual basis
G4-31To contact SABIC in relation to this report, at info@sabic.com
G4-32

To guide the selection of report content and improve report quality, we use the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.

SABIC engaged KPMG to provide limited assurance on selected sustainability metrics. A copy of the KPMG Assurance Statement Addendum – Independent Assurance Report.

G4-33SABIC engaged KPMG to provide limited assurance on selected sustainability metrics. A copy of the KPMG Assurance Statement Addendum – Independent Assurance Report.
G4-34A description of the governance structure of SABIC as it relates to sustainability can be found within the About SABIC – Sustainability Governance section and in the Technical Supplement 2015. Further information on governance at SABIC can be found online: www.sabic.com/
G4-56About SABIC – Ethics and Compliance Process
G4-57About SABIC – Ethics and Compliance Process
G4-58Described at code-of-ethics/
G4-DMAAnnual Report 2015
G4-EC1This is SABIC
G4-EC2This information can be found within the Technical Supplement 2015
G4-EC3Defined benefit plan obligations exist in many regions and vary considerably from country to country. SABIC meets its obligations in compliance with applicable legislation and regulation.
G4-EC4This information can be found within the Technical Supplement 2015
G4-EC5Because of the technical nature of our company, the large majority of jobs are paid above minimum wage.
G4-EC6In Saudi Arabia, SABIC has a 90% Saudization rate, a measure for local hiring and the high percentage also applies to senior leadership.
G4-EC7This information is currently unavailable.
G4-EC8Improving our Communities. SABIC is implementing its new RAISE program and working on a study in 2016 to measure impacts outside the company.
G4-EC9This information is currently unavailable.
G4-DMAResource and Energy Efficiency – Our Approach
G4-EN1SABIC measures and reports on material efficiency using our Material Loss intensity metric, which is explained in the report. Currently, the percentage of renewable feedstocks is very low, but we actively work on increasing the quantity of recycled feedstock and finding economical renewable feedstocks.
G4-EN2SABIC has the ability to use significant recycled feedstock in certain businesses such as polymers, but the volumes we use are not high because of a lack of recycled material quantity at sufficient quality. We have active programs for post-industrial recycle within our facilities and to take back PCR plastic materials, and our steel plant accepts recycle steel as an input. Due to the nature of our business and current status of the circular economy, the large majority of our feed is non-renewable and not recycled.
G4-EN3Resource and Energy Efficiency – Energy
G4-EN4SABIC has estimated Scope 3 emissions and energy usage outside the company but does not report externally.
G4-EN5Resource and Energy Efficiency – Energy
G4-EN6Resource and Energy Efficiency – Energy
G4-EN7Resource and Energy Efficiency – Energy
G4-EN8Resource and Energy Efficiency –Water
G4-EN9SABIC’s largest sources of water are the Arabian and Red seas, and large rivers within Americas and Europe that are used by multiple industrial and other sources. Therefore, we have not prioritized detailed reporting on this indicator.
G4-EN10SABIC has chosen to measure and set targets on fresh water usage and does not compile data on water recycling and re-use. All of our chemical operations use recycled water, and our water use intensity goal encourages maximization of water recycling and re-use. Our Saudi based operations were designed to use seawater for cooling and to recycle this water where possible.
G4-EN11, G4-EN12, G4-EN13, G4-EN14Based on the Indicators of this Aspect, biodiversity is not material to SABIC as determined through our materiality review process, described in the Materiality section and the Technical Supplement 2015.
G4-EN15Resource and Energy Efficiency – Greenhouse Gas Performance
G4-EN16Resource and Energy Efficiency – Greenhouse Gas Performance
G4-EN17SABIC has estimated Scope 3 emissions and energy usage outside the company but does not report externally.
G4-EN18Resource and Energy Efficiency – Greenhouse Gas Performance
G4-EN19Resource and Energy Efficiency – Greenhouse Gas Performance
G4-EN20Data are not available for reporting ozone depleting substances for 2015
G4-EN21SABIC’s approach to these air emissions is to comply with applicable regulations and to take additional measures beyond regulation on a highest priority basis. Additional projects and actions include shifting to fuels with lower sulfur, implementing low NOx technologies and projects to reduce particulate emissions. We do not currently collect consistent global data on these emissions across all our facilities.
G4-EN22Priority has been given to measuring and making progress on water usage rather than on discharge, therefore data are not available across all our global sites for reporting.
G4-EN23Resource and Energy Efficiency –Material Loss Performance
G4-EN24EHSS and Product Safety – Environmental Releases and Emissions Management
G4-EN25This information can be found within the Technical Supplement 2015
G4-EN26Priority has been given to measuring and making progress on water usage rather than on discharge, therefore data are not available across all our global sites for reporting.
G4-EN27Chemical products have been shown to reduce total lifecycle GHG emissions compared to manufacturing emissions in a ratio of 2.1:1. Approach to maximizing avoided emissions is described in Innovation. Additionally, implementation of sustainability assessment in innovation process and megaprojects gating system enables identification of sustainability impacts up front and development of mitigation plans. Efforts to reduce our operational intensity measures are described in Energy and Resources. Potential impacts of our products are controlled through our Product Stewardship program in EHSS.
G4-EN28Many of our chemical materials are building blocks that downstream businesses turn into end products and the chemical cannot be reclaimed. A small portion of our polymer products are recovered in closed loop recycling activities and our steel plant accepts recycle material. We do not currently compile these quantities for reporting.
G4-EN29

SABIC works to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

SABIC was not subject to any significant fines or significant non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations in 2015.

G4-EN30Environmental impacts are being assessed, but results are not yet ready for public disclosure
G4-EN31Environmental protection expenditures are not currently available for reporting in a globally consistent basis.
G4-EN32SABIC’s supplier screening process is in place with the goal to screen all suppliers going forward. Nearly 100% followed this process in 2015.
G4-EN33Work in this area is partially complete and discussed in Supply Chain – Reducing SABIC's Transportation Footprint but results are not ready for disclosure of the specific indicators.
G4-EN34SABIC received no grievances about environmental impacts during the reporting period. SABIC’s environmental grievance mechanisms capture all reports filed with governmental agencies or ministries with regard to environmental non-compliance. In 2015, no such grievances were filed. While SABIC is committed to responding and resolving all environmental grievances regarding its operations, SABIC does not have a systematic process for centralized recording of environmental grievances by neighbors, community groups, or other private parties.
G4-DMAHuman Capital Development – Our Approach
G4-LA1SABIC does not disclose this information externally.
G4-LA2

SABIC is a diverse global company and provides benefit packages in compliance with applicable country-specific regulations. It is our goal to provide competitive benefit packages compared to the industry standard.

A description of SABIC benefits by region can be found on the SABIC careers website.

G4-LA3Because of differences across countries, SABIC does not track this information in a way that allow for consistent global reporting. SABIC complies with relevant legislation, regulation and standard practices.
G4-LA4SABIC operates in multiple countries with rules that vary considerably and prevent us from consistent global reporting. SABIC complies with applicable legislation and regulations concerning operational changes.
G4-LA5This information can be found within the Technical Supplement 2015
G4-LA6EHSS and Product Safety – Building an EHSS Culture
G4-LA9Human Capital Development – Supporting Functional Excellence
G4-LA10Human Capital Development – Supporting Functional Excellence
G4-LA11Employee performance reviews are incorporated into our performance based approach but details are not disclosed externally.
G4-LA12This information can be found within the SABIC Annual Report 2015
G4-LA13We do not report on this Aspect because we do not collect information to this level of detail or report it externally at this time.
G4-LA14

Supply Chain – Looking Forward

SABIC procurement contracts contain language on Fair Employment Practices Policy, and suppliers are asked to adhere to our Code of Ethics and/or Supplier Code of Conduct.

Quantitative metrics are not available to disclose at this time.

G4-LA15Expansion plans for supplier due diligence program are described in the Supply Chain section.
G4-LA16About SABIC – Ethics and Compliance and Performance Summary
G4-DMAAbout SABIC: Ethics and Compliance: Human Rights
G4-HR1SABIC’s procurement contracts contain language on our fair employment practices policy and suppliers are asked to adhere to our Code of Conduct. SABIC codes and policies are included in all our business dealings, including acquisitions and joint ventures.
G4-HR2Ethics and Compliance
G4-HR3

SABIC reports on our process for collecting information about incidents of discrimination and taking corrective action in the About SABIC – Ethics and Compliance section of this report.

Our Fair Employment Practices Policy in the SABIC Code of Ethics addresses discrimination: (/code-of-ethics/downloads)

G4-HR4SABIC Code of Ethics (/code-of-ethics/downloads)
G4-HR5SABIC Code of Ethics (/code-of-ethics/downloads)
G4-HR6SABIC Code of Ethics (/code-of-ethics/downloads)
G4-HR7Security personnel with whom SABIC works are required to adhere to our Code of Ethics as part of security contract procurement.
G4-HR8Based on the Indicators of this Aspect, indigenous rights is not material to SABIC as determined through our materiality review process, described in the Materiality section and the Technical Supplement 2015.
G4-HR9On a 3 year cycle, SABIC completes a business risk review, which includes a review of all policies in our Code of Ethics, including our Fair Employment Practices Policy. In 2015, an external Together for Sustainability audit was completed at our methanol production facility in KSA and our labor and human rights practices were reviewed as part of that assessment.
G4-HR10SABIC does not report this information currently. This will be further addressed through our new supplier due diligence program coming in 2016.
G4-HR11SABIC does not report this information currently. This will be further addressed through our new supplier due diligence program coming in 2016.
G4-HR12We report on our process for collecting information about human rights grievances and taking corrective action in the Governance section of this report and the Technical Supplement 2015, but do not disclose quantitative information about human rights grievance mechanisms externally at this time.
G4-DMABuilding Social and Community Relationships – Our Approach
G4-SO1Building Social and Community Relationships – Our Performance SABIC intends to improve measurement of this indicator with the global implementation of our new RAISE program.
G4-SO2Building Social and Community Relationships – Our Performance SABIC intends to improve measurement of this indicator with the global implementation of our new RAISE program.
G4-SO3About SABIC – Ethics and Compliance – Human Rights
G4-SO4About SABIC – Ethics and Compliance – Human Rights
G4-SO5SABIC was not subject to any governmental corruption investigation in 2015 and the company is not aware of any incidents of bribery of government officials.
G4-SO6SABIC has not made any political contributions in 2015.
G4-SO7SABIC has not had any legal actions for anti-competitive behavior in 2015.
G4-SO8SABIC has not had significant noncompliance with laws / regulations in 2015 that resulted in a financially material impact.
G4-SO9While SABIC does not disclose this information currently, we intend to develop due diligence with stakeholders as noted in the Ethics and Compliance: Social Impact section of this report.
G4-SO10While SABIC does not disclose this information currently, we intend to develop due diligence with stakeholders as noted in the Ethics and Compliance: Social Impact section of this report.
G4-SO11We report on our process for collecting information about grievances and taking corrective action in the About SABIC – Ethics and Compliance section of this report, but do not disclose quantitative information about grievance mechanisms for impacts on society externally at this time.
G4-DMAEHSS and Product Safety: Our Approach
G4-PR1EHSS and Product Safety: Building an EHSS Culture: Product Stewardship
G4-PR2EHSS and Product Safety: Building an EHSS Culture: Product Stewardship
G4-PR3GHS and Product Safety Summaries are described in the Technical Supplement 2015.
G4-PR4SABIC intends to disclose a Product Safety Incident metric in future reporting.
G4-PR5Based on the Indicators of this Aspect, customer satisfaction is not material to SABIC as determined through our materiality review process, described in the Materiality section and the Technical Supplement 2015.
G4-PR6GHS and Product Safety Summaries are described in the Technical Supplement 2015.
G4-PR7SABIC did not have any incidents of non-compliance for marketing communications in 2015.
G4-PR8Based on the Indicators of this Aspect, customer privacy is not material to SABIC as determined through our materiality review process, described in the Materiality section and the Technical Supplement 2015.
G4-PR9We do not report on this Aspect because we do not collect information to this level of detail or report it externally at this time.

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