Product stewardship


Through our business partnership and engaged stakeholder approach we promote the safe management of our products. Enhancing our SHE performance and sustainability throughout the product lifecycle is central to our ongoing commitment towards zero harm. Our commitment to promoting product stewardship includes gaining a sound understanding of the hazards, risks, opportunities and international chemical control legislative requirements for all our products.


  • We undertook a structured review of our product stewardship performance over the past ten years, and identified the fundamentals required to ensure alignment with the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) goals through to 2030.
  • We are implementing a governance framework to ensure the effective delivery of our product stewardship commitments, providing for:

    - Developing and implementing critical controls to address product transportation and stewardship incidents.

    - A renewed focus on the accuracy and availability of the Sasol chemical product inventory.

    - Reviewing our product stewardship processes globally in the context of the Sasol operating model.

    - Reviewing and assigning the roles and responsibilities for product stewardship functions.

    - Ensuring system and technology enablers are fully implemented.

    - Developing leading and lagging indicators to measure our product stewardship performance.

  • Significant efforts were made to ensure compliance with International Chemical Control Legislation through the development of a global cross-functional procedure.
  • Strengthened our relationships with the South African government regarding our common goals relating to the SAICM, and have committed to supporting the government in reviewing regulatory frameworks on safe chemicals management.


Influencing business partners and engaging key stakeholders:

  • Under the auspices of the ICCA Responsible Care® in Africa Task Force, led by Sasol and BASF with support from Dow Chemicals, we have successfully commenced with the adoption of the Responsible Care® initiative in Kenya by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers. Responsible Care® expansion is also intended for Western and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • In partnership with the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association of South Africa (CAIA), we provided training to representatives from the local chemical and associated industries and to the South African government on the implementation of the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for the classification and labeling of chemicals.
  • We represent organised business on the Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety to the South African Ministry of Labour, and have been instrumental in the review and development of key fit-for-purpose occupational health and safety legislation. We have supported the Department of Labour with its strategic priorities in this area, including a focus on capacity building and training on occupational health and safety.
  • We held a workshop in partnership with one of our solution providers, The Wercs, a subsidiary of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), with Sasol’s suppliers and customers introducing safe chemicals management and possible solutions to address challenges experienced by our stakeholders in the value chain.




Transport incidents: Ten significant product-related incidents occurred across the Group, resulting in five tragic third-party and two service provider driver fatalities. This compares to 14 significant incidents and 14 third-party fatalities in 2016. Our product incidents rate (measured as the severity index of the incidents over 1 million km traveled) improved by 36% to 4,09 against a target of 6,50.


Reporting legend

Integrated Report
Annual Financial Statements
Sustainability Reporting
Form 20-F