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Sustainable Opportunity Policy

Our Sustainable Opportunity Policy is based on the principle that by integrating health, safety and environmental considerations into all aspects of our business, Honeywell protects its people, communities and the environment; achieves sustainable growth and accelerated productivity; drives compliance with all applicable regulations; and develops technologies that expand the sustainable capacity of our world.

This policy is deliberately and directly embedded into our company-wide operating system, a blueprint for continuous operational improvement. Endorsed annually by our CEO and senior leadership, the policy is posted in every facility and communicated to all employees and contractors.

Environmental and Safety Commitments

Our commitment to be more efficient and responsible is reflected in the extensive work we do to make our businesses more environmentally friendly, safer and more sustainable.

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Reducing Global Greenhouse Gases

In 2018, we exceeded our public goal of improving our greenhouse gas intensity by more than 10 percent from a 2013 baseline. Overall, our sustainability program has reduced our Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas intensity by more than 90 percent.

Download our CDP Climate Change Report

Boosting Energy Efficiency

Since 2010, our facilities have implemented more than 5,200 efficiency projects including building automation and controls, lighting and mechanical upgrades, saving more than $90M (annualized). We have increased our energy efficiency by about 70 percent (2004-2019).

Conserving Water

We strategically target water conservation projects in areas experiencing “water stress,” as defined by the World Resources Institute. Since 2011, we’ve implemented more than 150 water conservation projects in these areas, saving over 128 million gallons.

Reducing Waste

Each of our strategic business units is required to establish annual targets for reducing hazardous waste and diverting waste from landfills. These targets must be approved by our CEO.

Providing a Safe Work Environment

We maintain our company-wide global Total Case Incident Rate or TCIR (the number of occupational injuries and illnesses per 100 employees) at less than half of the combined U.S. averages of the businesses in which we operate. At the end of 2019, our global TCIR was 0.37.

Creating Eco-Efficient Products

Our priority is health, safety and environmental protection, both in how we do our work and in our results. As we invent new tools and solutions, we take deliberate, strategic steps to improve each innovation’s eco-efficiency. We evaluate new products according to their ability to:

• Reduce the use of natural resources during manufacture and distribution
• Increase the energy efficiency of the product itself, or because of its use
• Reduce waste production
• Create opportunities to reuse and recycle
• Offer opportunities to use recycled or renewable materials
• Reduce and eliminate classified toxic or hazardous materials
• Be packaged efficiently


Responsible Remediation

With our roots partly in the chemical industry, we have environmental remediation issues arising out of operations in the past, mostly in businesses Honeywell closed or sold years ago. We are responsibly addressing those issues using world-class science, design and engineering to protect human health and the environment. Please see our Corporate Citizenship Report for how we’re transforming properties into sustainable assets for their surrounding communities.

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Health, Safety, Environment, Product Stewardship and Sustainability Management System

Our Health, Safety, Environmental, Product Stewardship and Sustainability Management practices are managed by a global team of trained professionals with extensive knowledge and hundreds of years of collective experience.

We use third-party-certified standards, including ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, and industry best practices, which is fully integrated into our operating system. Compliance is monitored through an audit process. The timely development and implementation of process improvement and corrective action plans are closely monitored.

Core Standards of Health, Safety, Environment, Product Stewardship & Sustainability


HSEPS Management System Manual

Policy and Leadership Commitment

Compliance Obligations

Management of Change

Management Plans

Communication and Participation

Operational Planning and Control

Behavior and Culture



Internal Audit

Incident, Nonconformity and Corrective Action

Organizational Roles, Responsibilities, Accountabilities and Authorities

Aspects and Impacts

Emerging Issues

Health, Safety, Environmental, Product Stewardship and Sustainability Objectives



Competence, Training and Awareness

Document and Record Management

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Monitoring, Measurement, Analysis and Evaluation

Management Review

HSEPS Management System Operational Controls

As part of our management system, we have established clear operational standards and requirements to control and address risk, environmental aspects and compliance obligations that are common to our global operations.

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