DuPont Summary


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CEO: Ellen J. Kullman;  Revenues: $35.24 Billion (2012);  Employees: 70,000 (2012)

DuPont is a science company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere.  Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel. The company operates globally and offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food, building and construction, electronics and communications, general industrial, and transportation. The company‚Äôs reportable segments are Agriculture & Nutrition, Electronics & Communications, Performance Chemicals, Performance Coatings, Performance Materials, Safety & Protection, and Pharmaceuticals. DuPont is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. 


Climate and Energy Targets

  • Greenhouse Gases: 
    • Since the early 1990s when DuPont began taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the company has achieved major global reductions in emissions. In 1994 DuPont established its first greenhouse gas emissions goal and committed to reduce emissions by 40 percent from our 1990 base. After meeting that goal, in 1999 DuPont established a new goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65 percent from a 1990 base. By the end of 2003 it had reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 72 percent. 
    • DuPont's current goal current goal is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions at least 15 percent from a base year of 2004 by 2015. By 2010, it had achieved a reduction of 10.5 percent.
  • Energy:
    • DuPont currently sources 6.5 percent of total energy consumption from renewable energy sources and has a corporate goal to reduce its energy use from non-renewable sources by 10 percent per adjusted dollar revenue by 2020 compared to a baseline of 2010. DuPont has set a milestone of 3 percent by 2015. 
  • Water: 
    • In 2006, DuPont set a water reduction goal of reducing water consumption by at least 30 percent at global sites that are located where the renewable freshwater supply is either scarce or stressed as determined by the United Nations analysis of river basins globally. For all other sites, we committed to hold water consumption flat on an absolute basis through the year 2015, offsetting any increased demand from production volume growth through conservation, reuse and recycle practices.

Did You Know?

Changing How We Fuel the World

The cellulosic ethanol team collaborated across multiple sites, functions and organizational structures to develop and scale up a novel, integrated technology package to produce ethanol from agricultural wastes such as corn stover and energy crops such as switchgrass.

Climate and Sustainability Rankings & Recognition

  • 2013: 100 Best Corporate Citizens List - #16
  • 2012: Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Global 500 Leadership Index
  • 2012: Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI)
  • 2012: Best Places to Work for LGBT Employees
  • 2012: Sustainable Biofuels Reward
  • 2012: Patent Board Report Best in Industry
  • 2011: Thomson Reuters 100 Most Innovative Companies
  • 2011: Top 100 Best Places to Work for Working Mothers
  • 2011: GE Ecomagination Leadership Award
  • 2011: Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation

Additional Resources

DuPont Corporate Website
DuPont Sustainability Website