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Stepan : Bringing Science to Sustainability - Stepan's 2019 Sustainability Report

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03/23/2020 | 08:35am EDT

Bringing Science to Sustainability

2019 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Stepan's Values-Driven Approach

For over eight decades, Stepan Company (Stepan or the Company) has delivered innovative chemical ingredients that make a positive difference in people's lives while maintaining

a resolute focus on operating responsibly and with integrity. As Stepan has grown from a small office in the Chicago area to a global company with manufacturing facilities in 11 countries, these values have continued to guide our actions.

Shifting social and environmental concerns present ever greater challenges and opportunities. The chemical industry is uniquely positioned to deliver products and services that can balance the needs of a growing human population with goals to preserve environmental health and ecological function. At Stepan, we're excited for the numerous opportunities we see to use our strengths to contribute toward addressing these needs.

As a charter member of American Chemistry Council (ACC) Responsible Care®and a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact,Stepan remains committed to delivering sustainable business value according to the principles outlined by those organizations. Through the markets that we serve, Stepan products promote improved health and hygiene, agricultural productivity, energy conservation, efficient resource use, and more. We have identified key Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) for which our products and our practices deliver benefits, and we aim to increase our positive impact in these areas.

In 2019, we updated our Code of Conductto better demonstrate our continued commitment to our employees and the communities where we operate. We also implemented a formalized third-party engagement process to ensure that our partners show the same commitment. Utilizing an internal materiality exercise, we identified key issues of importance with regard to our sustainable business performance. This work helped define our 2020-2025 goals within our Sustainability Priorities: Investing in People, Driving Efficiency for the Planet, Delivering Advantageous Products, and a Commitment to Responsible Practices.

We are determined to use Stepan's science and engineering capabilities to drive progress on our sustainability goals, and we welcome the opportunity to share our approach for Bringing Science to Sustainability.

Sincerely,

F. Quinn Stepan, Jr.

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

ABOUT THIS REPORT

In the following Sustainability Report, released in March 2020, we highlight our efforts over the previous year and share performance data for 2018 and 2019, unless otherwise noted. The report references the GRI Standards 2016 and 2018 for the following standards:

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GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016

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GRI 308: Supplier Environmental

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GRI 103: Management Approach 2016

Assessment 2016

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GRI 205: Anti-Corruption 2016

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GRI 403: Occupational Health and

Safety, 2018

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GRI 302: Energy 2016

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GRI 404: Training and Education 2016

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GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018

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GRI 413: Local Communities 2016

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GRI 305: Emissions 2016

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GRI 414: Supplier Social Assessment 2016

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GRI 306: Effluents and Waste 2016

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GRI 416: Customer Health and Safety 2016

  • GRI 307: Environmental Compliance 2016

The contents of this report are framed by Stepan's Sustainability Priorities and informed by a materiality exercise conducted in the second half of 2019. We look forward to reporting on a biennial basis going forward.

We invite you to learn about our commitments to promote ethical business practices, and social and environmental responsibility. For additional information about Stepan Company, please visit www.stepan.com.

If you have further questions or comments, please contact us at sustainability@stepan.com.

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ABOUT STEPAN

Headquartered in Northfield, Illinois, Stepan is a global manufacturer of specialty and intermediate chemicals, and we deliver products and technologies to drive performance across a wide range of markets.Through our core businesssegments-Surfactants, Polymers, and Specialty Products-we proudly meet diverse needs of people around the world.

Stepan's Surfactant segment supports manufacturers of personal care and cleaning products with ingredients that deliver foaming, cleaning, and other performance qualities. Stepan surfactants also include lubricating ingredients to improve functionality and longevity of industrial equipment and agricultural co-formulants that promote on-target application of crop protection products through spray drift reduction and effective seed treatments. In addition, our surfactant technologies bring value to the construction industry, including ingredients that support stronger and lighter-weight gypsum wall boards. We offer an expanding selection of bio-based products, and Stepan's Biorenewable Carbon Indexhighlights those having at least 50% of their carbon content derived from plant, animal, or marine sources.

Stepan's Polymer business delivers products with broad functionality for use in coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers (CASE) applications, and rigid foam insulation. Around the world, there are opportunities to promote energy savings through improved insulation, and Stepan technologies are a key component to effective insulating capabilities.

Our Specialty Product business unit is a leading producer of patented, science-based nutritional oils used in the food, supplements, and pharmaceutical industries. Our Lipid Nutrition products are bio-based ingredients that provide specific benefits in support of clinical and infant nutrition, weight management, and sports nutrition.

Stepan has 2,284 employees working throughout the world. We operate 18 manufacturing locations in 11 different countries, in addition to regional research and development labs and sales offices. We maintain a global distribution network aimed at serving our targeted markets, and we are dedicated to partnering with customers of all sizes to meet their specific product needs.

In 2019, Stepan updated our Company Values and Code of Conduct. Looking ahead, we remain committed to our mission of delivering Innovative Chemical Solutions for a Cleaner, Healthier, More Energy Efficient World, and we are committed to achieving our goals through a sharp focus on our values:

Governance

Throughout the Company's history, Stepan has focused on maintaining the highest standards of business conduct and ethical behavior. Our Code of Conduct defines expected practices and behaviors for the Board of Directors,management team,employees, and agents worldwide. Stepan has a seven-person Board of Directors, of which six are independent directors. The Board maintains committees-Audit, Compensation and Development, Compliance, and Nominating and Corporate Governance-to actively guide and oversee the implementation of these high standards. Our management team is charged with ongoing responsibility for these standards across the organization and for leading by example.

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Sustainability at Stepan

OUR APPROACH

Operating in a manner that promotes long-term success underpins our sustainability commitments. For Stepan, this means using our science and technology to anticipate the needs of society and deliver products that make a difference. It includes a continuous effort to improve the safety and security of our employees and our operations. It also entails a focused effort on reducing the environmental impact of our operations and an obligation to operate ethically and in a manner that respects globally recognized human and labor rights.

Stepan's Sustainability Steering Team (Steering Team) is comprised of management-level representatives across company functions and regions of our operations. The Steering Team meets monthly and reports on a quarterly basis to Stepan's Operating Committee of executive officers. Regular updates are also provided to the Board of Directors. Embedding sustainability thinking across the entire company is a key focus for the Steering Team.

(From left to right)

Back row/standing:

Kendall Wilson, Steve Miller,

Greg Wilson, Jim Hoesly,

Charlotte Bryant, Jason

Keiper, Peter Etienne

Seated:

Shawn Thomas,

Faye Rice,

Chris Hammond

Not pictured:

Carlos Gomes,

Frederic Ruel,

Florent Schuschitz,

Christophe Sene

Stakeholder Engagement and Materiality

Stakeholder engagement is essential for fueling our success and upholding our values. Stepan actively seeks the voices of our employees, customers, suppliers, investors, and local communities, and we engage respectfully and thoughtfully on the issues of importance to our global business, to inform our actions.

Stepan has a longstanding commitment to high standards for corporate social, environmental, and governance performance. In 2019, we undertook a materiality assessment process

to define 2020-2025 targets and initiatives and to frame our performance reporting. Utilizing the material issues identified for our industry by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board(SASB), as well as ACC Responsible Care®, Stepan's Operating Committee and Steering Team identified the issues most important for the Company and of greatest concern to our external stakeholders.

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Sustainability Priorities

As we move forward with our goal to embed sustainability thinking across the Company and more formally communicate our progress, we aim to build upon actions previously taken to reduce our impact; conduct our business ethically and responsibly; deliver advantageous products; and invest in people and communities. Each of these priority areas represent long-standing commitments of Stepan, and they continue to guide us in our sustainability journey.

OUR SUSTAINABILITY PRIORITIES

RESPONSIBLE

EFFICIENCY FOR

PRACTICES

THE PLANET

ADVANTAGEOUS

INVESTING

PRODUCTS

IN PEOPLE

Demonstrating sustainable economic

Managing our facilities and resources

Delivering innovative products from

Investing in employee safety,

value, accountability, responsible

responsibly to reduce

responsibly sourced materials to

development and well-being,

management, and ethical practices

our environmental impact

promote a cleaner, healthier, more

contributing to local economies,

energy efficiency world

and serving our communities

Material Issues

Material Issues

Material Issues

Material Issues

Employee Safety and Health

Operations Management

Material Sourcing

Safety

Ethics and Compliance

Emissions

Product Development

Employee Training

Product Stewardship

Energy

Product Benefits During Use

and Development

and Compliance

Water Use

Employee Well-Being

Third Party Partnerships

Community Connections

Waste Reduction

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Driving Responsible Performance*

Goals for a More Sustainable Future

GOAL 2023

WATER CONSERVATION

100%

1.2 billion

barrels of oil equivalents estimated as saved over the

anticipated 20-year product life cycle through rigid insulation application using Stepan's polyester polyols in the last decade

92%

of Stepan manufacturing sites RSPO certified for responsible sourcing

10%

100%

of Stepan sites assessed for risks related to corruption

88%

of U.S. volume produced at an OSHAVPP Star recognized plant

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GOAL 2021

ETHICS AND COMPLIANCE

100%

Employee participation in Safety

and Ethics trainings

GOAL 2023

SUSTAINABLY ADVANTAGED PRODUCTS

80%

of our R&D investment toward

sustainable processes and products

Conduct risk assessments/establish water

management plans at all sites

GOAL 2025

WATER CONSERVATION

Reduce global water usage by

40%

GOAL 2025

EMISSIONS REDUCTION

10%

reduction in water usage per unit of production

Over 40 surfactants

from 2016 to 2018 at Maywood facility

on CleanGredients®

56%

100

of our sites reached one year

Over 100 Stepan products comprised of

without a recordable injury

at least 50% biorenewable carbons

*Metrics for 2019 unless otherwise indicated

GOAL 2025

EMPLOYEE SAFETY

<.25

TRIR across all Stepan facilities

GHG emissions reduction/MT

GOAL 2025

RENEWABLE ENERGY

20%

global electricity from renewables

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Voluntary Accountability Frameworks

Stepan supports numerous global and industry frameworks aimed at integrating responsible and ethical practices into business. Through adherence to these and other standards, we work to demonstrate best practices in our industry, identify opportunities for improvement, and deliver benefits to society and the environment. We engage through our membership commitments or certifications with ACC Responsible Care®; American Cleaning Institute (ACI); ISO standards for quality, environmental, and energy management; the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients (EFfCI); and the United Nations Global Compact. Stepan reports annually to CDP(formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), SEDEX(Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), and EcoVadis,an assessment framework that evaluates performance related

to corporate social responsibility. We also undergo external audits according to SMETA(the SEDEX member audit program) and TfS(Together for Sustainability) criteria as third-party verification of our corporate responsibility management and practices.

Alignment to SDGs

Stepan is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and through our products and our practices, we aim to support specific targets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for which we can have a significant positive impact. For the nine SDGs listed below, Stepan works to bring increased benefit and value to people and the environment.

Focusing on agricultural products that promote more efficient resource use by reducing spray drift and seed coating technology that promotes seed protection and improved agricultural productivity.

Finding opportunities to promote improved hygiene and wellness with household and institutional cleaning products. Supporting nutritional needs for infants and older persons through Stepan's Specialty Products. Investing in employee health and wellness programs.

Expanding options for sanitation and microbial control in household, institutional, and industrial settings. Promoting efficient water management in our manufacturing practices.

Working to uphold human and labor rights for our employees and in our supply chain. Providing economic growth opportunities in science and technology fields for our areas of operation.

Supporting improved efficiency and reduced impact of industrial activity through use of Stepan products. Promoting equipment longevity through Stepan corrosion inhibitors. Expanding Stepan's economic impact with growth in manufacturing and research and development.

Working to improve energy efficiency in heating and cooling of buildings. Supporting reduced emissions during product shipment with lightweighting and high active formulations.

Improving energy efficiency, increasing use of renewable energy and renewable raw materials, and reducing water consumption in our operations. Managing chemicals and promoting product stewardship in accordance with international frameworks.

Supporting energy efficiency in our operations, in product transportation, and with product use. Increasing the use of renewable energy for our operations.

Promoting behaviors and practices aimed at preventing and eliminating corruption and bribery. Implementing policies and practices aimed at respecting and protecting fundamental human and worker rights.

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Responsible Practices

SDG 8

SDG 9

SDG 12

SDG 16

OUR COMMITMENT

Our business relationships are built on trust. We work to earn the trust of our customers and the communities where we operate through a constant focus on integrity and responsible practices, and this has been a key enabler of Stepan's growth. Across our operations and

at every level of work, we hold ourselves accountable to our coworkers, communities of operation, business partners, and applicable laws and regulations.

OUR APPROACH

Employee Safety and Health

At Stepan, our goal is to keep everyone safe and demonstrate continuous improvement. A safe and healthy workplace is fundamental to our organization and has always been a business imperative. All Stepan facilities are ISO 9001:2015 certified, and we conform to the ACC Responsible Care Management System (RCMS)®at our U.S. sites. Our facilities outside the U.S. are encouraged to participate in their country-specific Responsible Care®program equivalents. Stepan promotes a focus on safety through behavior-based safety programs and also through recognition of excellent practices with the annual President's Safety Award.

Ethics and Compliance

At Stepan we remain dedicated to the highest ethical standards and compliance with the law. We work in partnership with our customers and suppliers to uphold our commitments to performance with integrity, and understand that this is essential to our growth and success.

We renewed our commitment to ethics and compliance in 2019 with the launch of an updated Code of Conduct ("Code") which serves as a more robust statement of our commitments. Our Code highlights expectations for workplace behaviors and practices aimed at upholding the rights of all our workers and creating an atmosphere of trust and respect. We continue to improve our understanding of specific compliance topics through live and computer-based training conducted across our global operations on topics including anti-bribery and corruption, third party risk management, conflicts of interest, and information security. These programs are designed to provide added depth of knowledge to employees in roles most likely to need that understanding.

It is critical that our stakeholders feel secure in sharing concerns if they suspect a Code violation or have a question about a situation in which they are involved. Stepan employees receive training about their responsibilities to speak up and are encouraged to communicate concerns either directly with a department supervisor or anonymously through the Stepan ethics hotline reporting system, EthicsPoint.This global system, which can be accessed by web or by phone, allows anonymous reporting as an option wherever that is permitted by law.

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Our goal is to work in partnership with our customers to enable the use of chemistry in a safe, responsible, and sustainable way.

Product Stewardship and Compliance

Customer and consumer safety are of paramount importance to our continued business. A key responsibility is to assess possible risks to people and the environment according to numerous regulatory frameworks. Stepan works to promote safety and transparency through information made available according to frameworks such as the Globally Harmonized System for Chemical Classification and Labeling, the European Chemical Agency Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, and REACH-like regulations from other countries. We are committed to registering products and substances for use by our customers in REACH territories, where possible, and will support registrations of substances by customers where appropriate. Our goal is to work in partnership with our customers to enable the use

of chemistry in a safe, responsible, and sustainable way.

Stepan is a member of numerous trade associations that represent the interests of our industry regionally and globally. We actively monitor legislation in all regions to develop an understanding of the unique safety and regulatory requirements of each. We seek to engage with our business partners to identify new opportunities for the use of our products around the globe.

Along with Stepan's firm commitment to legal and regulatory compliance, we look for opportunities to bring further value to our stakeholders. For many years, Stepan teams have collaborated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop tools and resources that promote safer chemistry and product development, and we have numerous ingredients listed on the CleanGredients®database. We also participate in voluntary compliance frameworks directed at verifying responsible practices related to our raw materials and our manufacturing processes. Our work to comply with external frameworks supports our goal of continuous improvement and benefits our customers, our employees, and our communities.

Third Party Partnerships

Stepan operates an extensive global supply chain to effectively meet the expanding needs of our customers. As we continue to grow, we understand our responsibility to effectively evaluate the risks of doing business with third party partners and to hold our partners accountable to our standards. Stepan is committed to partnering with third parties that conduct business in compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations and in a manner consistent with Stepan's Third Party Code of Conduct.In 2019 we launched an enhanced third-party risk screening process and management policy used to help identify potentially at-risk behavior and relationships prior to supplier engagement.

For Stepan's palm material suppliers we have outlined specific criteria in our Responsible Sourcing Policywith which we expect our suppliers to comply. For some of our products, Stepan utilizes palm kernel oil derivatives and other bio-based oils as raw materials that deliver excellent performance. We work to source these materials responsibly through the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil(RSPO) supply chain certification framework. In addition, Stepan partners with customers, non-governmental organizations, and suppliers to increase the traceability of our palm supply chains as part of the industry-wide effort to drive improvement and promote best practices. We look forward to working with suppliers who share our commitment to achieving more sustainable and responsible supply chains.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ethics and Compliance related training completed by 95% of employees
  • 100% of sites assessed for risks related to corruption and 100% of sites inhigh-risk geographies received additional anti-bribery and corruption training and audits
  • 92% of our facilities that handle palm kernel oil are certified according to Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil criteria

Awards and Recognitions

  • UK Chemical Industry Award for Responsible Care Process Safety Leadership 2018 (1st place) and 2019 (2nd place) for Stepan Stalybridge, United Kingdom, facility
  • 2018 CN Safe Handling Award for Stepan Millsdale, IL, facility
  • Bureau of Fire Protection Recognition for Fire Safety and Earthquake Readiness presented to Stepan Philippines Quaternaries, Inc. facility

GOAL 2021

ETHICS AND

COMPLIANCE

100%

Employee participation

in Safety and

Ethics trainings

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Efficiency for the Planet

SDG 6

SDG 12

SDG 13

OUR COMMITMENT

Stepan recognizes our responsibility to reduce our environmental impact while conducting business. Across our global manufacturing network, we look for opportunities to reduce water usage, minimize waste, lower emissions, and conserve energy. Our goal is to continue delivering products that support social and environmental needs while driving responsible, safe, and efficient processes in all of our facilities.

OUR APPROACH

Operations Management

As part of our ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility, Stepan monitors emissions, water use, waste, and energy use across our facilities, and incidents and accidents are tracked at all sites and reported up to senior leadership and the Board of Directors. Our participation in the ACC Responsible Care®initiative includes commitments related to the management of resources, waste minimization and safe disposal, and improving operational efficiency, among other objectives. Over the past few years, our focus has been on strengthening our data collection process to support tracking changes and monitoring progress.

Our participation in the ACC Responsible Care®initiative includes commitments related to the management of resources, waste minimization and safe disposal, and improving operational efficiency, among other objectives.

In 2019, Stepan initiated a process to update and broaden our Environmental, Health, Safety, and Security (EHSS) Management System with the objective of providing a structured approach to improve management of compliance obligations, risks, and opportunities.

The revised management system will incorporate criteria from the ACC Responsible Care Management System®and the ISO 9001:2015 standard, as well as some criteria from the ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 standards. Roll-out will begin in 2020 and will continue across our global facilities over the course of the next few years, with the intended outcome of achieving consistent regulatory compliance and risk management, driving safe and efficient operations management, and supporting information and data management.

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Working to Improve Air Quality in Nanjing, China

GOAL 2025

EMISSIONS

REDUCTION

10%

GHG emissions

reduction/MT

GOAL 2025

RENEWABLE

ENERGY

20%

global electricity from renewables

Emissions

Through our ACC Responsible Care®membership, Stepan annually reports on our emissions of pollutants in the U.S. that affect air quality and commits to continuous improvement in management. Stepan has also reported Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions to CDP for many years and is working to drive greenhouse gas emissions reduction and energy efficiency. With process optimization and other projects, our goal is to reduce our Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions per metric ton produced by 10% by 2025 over our 2016 baseline. We've already seen progress from initiatives such as those at our facility in Stalybridge, United Kingdom. Investments at that site eliminated the need for material movement between plants, resulting in reduced transport-related emissions.

We aim to continue delivering products that support social and environmental needs while driving responsible, safe, and efficient processes in all of our facilities.

Energy

Stepan employees continually look for opportunities to drive energy efficiency within our operations and through transportation of materials. In our manufacturing sites and offices around the world, actions such as switching to high efficiency lightbulbs, addition of motion sensing fixtures, improved insulation, and other similar updates have been implemented. Several of our manufacturing sites have installed Variable Speed Drives allowing more controlled operation of equipment based on production need and reducing energy consumption. Improved metering and submetering at our Wesseling, Germany, facility allows for more effective identification of opportunities to drive efficiency, and process optimization at several sites provides combined benefits of reduced energy use, lower water consumption, and reduced waste generation. In addition to numerous site-specific initiatives, our goal

is to secure 20% of Stepan's global electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

Stepan's facility in Nanjing, China, is working

to implement a technological solution that will reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx), a common gas released during industrial processes, as well as by vehicles. Upgrades at Stepan's Nanjing plant will support compliance with new Chinese government regulations aimed at improving air quality in urban

areas, with the broader goal of reaching recommended air quality targets set by the World Health Organization. In addition to addressing requirements for NOx emissions, the project, when completed,

will support reduction of volatile organic compounds and other airborne emissions, as well as reducing wastewater emissions.

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Conserving Water and

Eliminating Sulfates in

Waste Water

New regulations in Colombia have set a lower maximum level for sulfates in wastewater. With the regulation coming into force in 2020, Stepan's Manizales, Colombia, plant is in the testing phase of a new project aimed at removing sulfates from its wastewater.Through its implementation, the project aims to significantly reduce a sulfate containing waste stream through recycling and reprocessing, while also contributing to reductions in water use.

Water Use

Stepan depends upon local sources of water for our manufacturing processes, and we understand the importance of managing this resource for long-term use and in a manner that respects the rights and needs of our surrounding communities. All Stepan sites engage their local communities, including first responders, to identify areas of concern as they relate to Stepan business in the area. Over the last several years, Stepan has been identifying opportunities to improve water use efficiency, and we have implemented projects aimed at reducing our water consumption at key facilities. For example, at Stepan's Maywood, New Jersey, manufacturing site, water usage per unit of production decreased by over 10% from 2016 to 2018 with conversion of a reactor from water cooling to cold-oil cooling. Additional projects at that site are expected to deliver even greater water use efficiency going forward. Our intention is to conduct water risk analyses across our global facilities and to set relevant site- or region-specific water management goals based on those results. In addition, we aim to reduce our global water usage by 40% by 2025, over a 2016 baseline, with significant contributions toward that goal expected from our Maywood facility.

Waste Reduction

Across Stepan facilities, we continue to identify opportunities to reduce waste, which supports our ongoing efforts to drive efficiency and promotes responsible use of resources. Several sites have integrated condensate recovery and reuse systems. Stepan European sites are working to remove additives that are currently approved, but that contribute to our waste streams. Other sites have implemented initiatives to reduce waste with process optimization or with material recycling. We expect to continue to identify additional opportunities to reduce waste across our facilities.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • ISO 14001 and/or ISO 50001 certification achieved at Stepan's Wesseling, Germany; Nanjing, China; and Jurong Island, Singapore, facilities
  • New targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water usage, and increase use of renewable energy
  • Update to Stepan's Environmental Health, Safety, and Security Management System

GOAL 2023

WATER

CONSERVATION

100%

Conduct risk assessments/ establish water management plans at all sites

GOAL 2025

WATER

CONSERVATION

Reduce global water usage by

40%

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SDG 2

SDG 3

SDG 6

SDG 9

SDG 11

Advantageous Products

OUR COMMITMENT

Chemistry is our business, and through the work of our science and engineering teams, Stepan delivers chemical technologies that bring value to a wide variety of global markets. We also work to develop best-in-class technical service capabilities to maximize our potential to meet customer needs. We aim to be the preferred partner of our customers by offering products that provide excellent performance and that enable progress toward broad social and environmental goals.

OUR APPROACH

Benefitting People and the Environment

Delivering high performing products that offer social and environmental benefits depends on the dedication and creativity of Stepan's employees. From the pre-development phase through delivery of our finished goods, Stepan's R&D teams explore new approaches to drive improvement and find solutions. Working closely with customers across the markets we serve, Stepan chemists and engineers are ready for the challenge of finding new ways to Bring Science to Sustainability.

Stepan brings added value to the market through our partnerships with customers and industry groups. Stepan has collaborated for many years with the U.S. EPA in development of screening tools, formulations, and products in support of the Safer Choiceprogram. In recognition of our demonstrated leadership, Stepan has been honored to receive two U.S. EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards, and since 2006, Stepan has listed more than 40 surfactants on CleanGredients®for formulators seeking Safer Choice certification. In 2019, we introduced our latest CleanGredients®listed, direct release products, BIO-SOFT®DR-13and BIO-SOFT®DR-139.

With Stepan's Biorenewable Carbon Index (BCI),our CleanGredients®listed products, and numerous products certified for responsible sourcing, we work to meet the growing market interest in products that are bio-based and environmentally responsible. STEPANQUAT®Helia,a very mild skin care and hair-conditioning agent derived from sunflower oil, was launched in 2019 and delivers excellent performance and an improved environmental profile.

We look for opportunities to use resources more efficiently and to conserve energy. STEPAN-MILD®L3, derived from corn oil, is a 100% active product with a biorenewable carbon index of 100% that can replace or reduce low active secondary surfactants in personal care formulations. By reducing the amount of water shipped in product, STEPAN-MILD®L3also allows for reduced energy consumption in shipping, per unit application.

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Our Poland facility has used recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) plastic as a raw material to make polyols for 10 years. Currently, most of these products are sold into One Component Foams, which act as insulating sealants in construction products. Stepan is evaluating options to expand product offerings based on recycled plastic by working with customers to incorporate existing rPET polyols into their formulations and increase the recycled content in insulation foams. This is in response to legislative and consumer actions that have driven increased urgency for solutions to address plastic waste and build upon

GOAL 2023

SUSTAINABLY ADVANTAGED PRODUCTS

Promoting Sustainable Agriculture

circular economy business principles. Additionally, we are exploring applications for rPET into North American applications.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2019 Launch of STEPANQUAT®Helia, a bio-based and high active surfactant derived from regionally sourced sunflower oil
  • 2019 Introduction of five products listed on CleanGredients®and meeting the surfactant screen for U.S. EPA Safer Choice Standard, including BIO-SOFT®DR-13 and BIO-SOFT®DR-139, which are approved for use in Direct Release applications
  • 2019 Testing of Stepan's newTDRV(temperature dependent R-value) technology, going into rigid foam polyiso polyol insulation and providing enhanced energy conservation opportunities

80%

of our R&D

investment toward

sustainable

processes and

products

Stepan has a long and proud history in agricultural product development and innovation.The Stepan Agricultural Innovation Center in Winder, Georgia, will be a testament to our commitment to safe and sustainable agriculture, our customers' growth, and to farmers worldwide who face ever increasing challenges that demand new innovations.This new LEED Silver certified Center will provide our scientists

a world-class setting to test and develop new technologies in the laboratory and greenhouse, and work side-by-side with customers to accelerate the innovation cycle and bring new products to the field. The Center will also feature digital and video technology that will allow us to provide training and engagement with our customers, collaborators, and team members globally.

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Investing in People

SDG 3

SDG 8

SDG 9

GOAL 2025

EMPLOYEE

SAFETY

<.25

TRIR across all Stepan facilities

OUR COMMITMENT

People are what make our work possible and meaningful. We depend on our highly skilled workforce to reach our business goals, and through a robust commitment to promote safety and well-being, enable professional development, and provide excellent benefits, Stepan aims to attract and retain top talent. We also embrace our responsibility to be a strong corporate partner. Through numerous programs, Stepan and our employees engage with the communities where we conduct our business in support of safety, science education, and local needs.

OUR APPROACH

We value the fact that we have a diverse, inclusive, and engaged community of workers, and our goal is to create workplace environments built on respect, safety, strong teamwork, and high competency. Employee feedback is regularly solicited on workplace practices and culture. For over 20 years, Stepan has conducted an employee satisfaction survey and also administers the National Safety Council Occupational Safety Climate Assessment Report every four years, allowing employees to share opinions regarding company safety culture, leadership, and process safety management. Results from each of these surveys are used at the corporate and site level to define needs and develop improvement plans.

Employee Safety

Safety for all Stepan employees, our business partners, and the communities in which we operate, is a top priority for the Company. As part of our long-standing focus on safety and responsible chemicals management, as well as our commitments to ACC Responsible Care®, Stepan invests in behavior-based and task-based safety programs for our global workforce with the expectation that this will help establish habits and behaviors that promote safety awareness, thinking, and responsiveness. Special recognition is given annually to our facilities that have achieved excellent safety records. The President's Safety Award is given to sites that meet specific criteria for recordable incidents and injuries, as well as other safety and compliance requirements, over the course of the year. In 2019, 48% of our sites received the President's Safety Award and 56% of our sites reached one year without a recordable injury. Our goal is to promote continuous improvement in the area of employee safety, with a target of 0.25 for our Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) by 2025.

We value the fact that we have a diverse, inclusive, and engaged community of workers, and our goal is to create workplace environments built on respect, safety, strong teamwork, and high competency.

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"After all my years at Stepan, I still see the focus from Stepan's Management Team on keeping employees safe. Having that level of commitment makes me feel like an important part of the Company."

JAMES CALCATERRA, MASTER MECHANIC 50 YEARS OF SERVICE TO STEPAN

Employee Training and Development

Across our operations, employees are encouraged and supported in developing the technical and leadership skills they need to excel at their work and to advance in their roles with

the Company. Stepan provides an array of opportunities, including our Emerging Leaders Program, Leadership Development Program, technical training and certifications, language training, and educational assistance. Stepan utilizes both digital and in-person platforms for training to promote awareness of employee aspirations and to support definition of individualized development plans. Developing our talent pipeline and retaining our skilled labor force is a key focus, and our objective is to support employees' progress toward their professional goals through opportunities within the Company.

Twenty-two individuals recently graduated from the Stepan Leadership Development Program, a

14-month program aimed at cultivating leadership skills through project-based learning and coaching.

In addition to skills-based training, all employees receive training on the expected behaviors defined in the Stepan Code of Conduct. In 2019, over 95% of employees participated in learning and development opportunities. Performance with integrity and responsible practices are of fundamental importance to the Company, and throughout the year and across all regions of operation, Stepan employees are coached on conducting business ethically, responsibly, and in compliance with the law.

Employee Benefits and Well-Being

Stepan employees receive comprehensive and competitive benefits packages aimed at attracting top talent and supporting needs for work-life balance. Employees are rewarded for their positive contributions to company success with Pay-for-Performance incentives. In the workplace, wellness programs are promoted, and many employees share their interest in healthy living choices such as carpooling, biking to work, or work-based athletic teams.

Stepan cultivates an environment for employees to take ownership of and directly benefit from the Company's long-term, sustainable success, and over 1,100 non-Stepan family employees maintain stock ownership in the Company. More than 60% of employees around the world are eligible for an annual profit-sharing contribution that serves as an incentive aligning employee financial rewards with profitable growth. In addition, in the U.S. there is an Employee Stock Purchase Plan that gives employees the option of purchasing Stepan stock via convenient regular payroll deduction.

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Promoting STEM Education

Community Connections

As with all areas of our business, safety is a top priority for the people and communities that make our work possible. Stepan teams work with local communities and first responders to understand concerns and to promote emergency readiness. Stepan also depends on Spill Mitigation and Response Training (SMART), First Responder training, and our Crisis Management Program (CMP) to maintain a high level of preparedness and organization

to enable the Company to respond expeditiously to crises of any nature.

Stepan employees believe in the value chemistry brings to people and they work to inspire and support the next generation of scientists. From mentoring programs and internships to lab and classroom visits, our employees look for opportunities to share their love of science with students in a variety of programs around the world. Since 2014, Stepan employees at the Company headquarters have partnered withTeach for America to share information about science education and careers to students at a local high school. Each year a Stepan team visits the high school and facilitates hands-on demonstrations to about 200 students. Volunteers also spend time answering student questions about college, daily job functions, and what a career in science means to them.

In addition to the school visit, Stepan hosts a smaller group of students with interests in pursuing science in college. After visiting R&D labs to see chemistry in action, students participate in one-on-one discussions with Stepan researchers to discuss their individual goals for college and beyond.The goal is to help students understand their options as they consider paths forward from high school to college to a career. Stepan employees look forward to the chance to give back to communities and support young people as they begin planning for their future.

Stepan and our employees are firmly committed to giving back to our communities. Across our regions of operation, employees contribute their time and expertise to bring value and address local needs. This includes work to restore local ecosystems, promoting services for people with disabilities, providing support to the homeless or to economically disadvantaged families, and mentoring high school students as they explore potential careers. As a community of scientists and engineers, Stepan takes pride in working with young people to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning and showcase the value this work can bring to society.

In 2019, Stepan sponsored an employee-based community outreach grant program and made contributions to eight organizations in six countries. These organizations were identified by our employees as being especially impactful to their communities and Stepan is very pleased to be a partner in furthering their work.

As a community of scientists and engineers, Stepan takes pride in working with young people to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning and showcase the value this work can bring to society.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Newemployee-based community outreach initiative with grants awarded to eight local organizations in our areas of operation
  • 22 employees completed the 14month-long Leadership Development Program
  • Over 1,100non-Stepan family employees maintain stock ownership in the Company

Awards and Recognition

  • OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Award for Stepan Anaheim, California; Millsdale, Illinois; and Winder, Georgia, facilities.

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Content Index

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and

Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)

Red type denotes hyperlinks

GENERAL DISCLOSURES

GRI STANDARD

DISCLOSURE

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION OR DIRECT ANSWER

PAGE #

Organizational Profile

102-1

Name of the organization

Stepan Company

102-2

Activities, brands, products, and services

About Stepan

3

102-3

Location of headquarters

About Stepan

3

102-4

Locations of operations

About Stepan

3

Stepan Corporate Website / Locations

102-5

Ownership and legal form

Form10-K,Item 1, page 3

GRI 102: General

Form10-K,Item 1, page 3

Disclosures 2016

102-6

Markets served

Stepan Corporate Website / Markets

102-7

Scale of the organization

Form10-K,Item 1, page 3;page 20

3

About Stepan

102-11

Precautionary Principle or approach

Stepan Code of Conduct

Sustainability at Stepan / Voluntary Accountability Frameworks

102-12

External initiatives

Global Reporting Initiative

7, 18

Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

18

GRI STANDARD

DISCLOSURE

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION OR DIRECT ANSWER

PAGE #

Stepan is a voluntary member of numerous organizations including American Chemistry Council

102-13

Memberships of associates

Responsible Care; American Cleaning Institute; Ethics and Compliance Initiative; Society of

Corporate Compliance and Ethics; Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association.

Strategy

102-14

Statement from senior decision-maker

Message from the CEO

2

Ethics and Integrity

About Stepan / Company Values

Governance

102-16

Values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior

Sustainability at Stepan / Voluntary Accountability Frameworks

3, 7, 8

Responsible Practices

Stepan Code of Conduct

Stepan Code of Conduct

102-17

Mechanisms for advice and concerns about ethics

An anonymous reporting mechanism can be accessed online via EthicsPoint and by phone

in 12 countries.

Governance

102-18

102-19

102-20

102-22

102-23

102-24

Governance structure

Governance

3

Stepan Corporate Website / Corporate Governance

Delegating authority

Sustainability at Stepan

4

Executive-level responsibility for economic, environmental,

Sustainability at Stepan / Our Approach

4

and social topics

Composition of the highest governance body and

Stepan Corporate Website / Corporate Governance

its committees

Chair of the highest governance body

Stepan Corporate Website / Board of Directors

Stepan Corporate Website / Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Charter

Nominating and selecting the highest governance body

Stepan Corporate Website / Corporate Governance Guidelines

Stepan Corporate Website / Bylaws

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GRI STANDARD

DISCLOSURE

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION OR DIRECT ANSWER

PAGE #

102-26

Roles of highest governance body in setting purpose,

Governance

3

values and strategy

102-27

Collective knowledge of highest governance body

Sustainability at Stepan

4

102-28

Evaluating the highest governance body's performance

Stepan Corporate Website / Corporate Governance Guidelines

102-29

Identifying and managing economic, environmental,

Sustainability at Stepan

4

and social impacts

102-31

Review of economic, environmental, and social topics

Sustainability at Stepan

4

102-32

Highest governance body's role in sustainability reporting

Sustainability at Stepan

4

102-33

Communicating critical concerns

Stepan Code of Conduct

102-35

Remuneration policies

Stepan 2019 Proxy Statement, page 17-43

102-36

Process for determining remuneration

Stepan 2019 Proxy Statement, page 19-21

102-37

Stakeholders' involvement in remuneration

Stepan 2019 Proxy Statement, page 20; page 44-45

102-38

Annual total compensation ratio

Stepan 2019 Proxy Statement, page 40-41

Stakeholder Engagement

102-40

List of stakeholder groups

Sustainability at Stepan / Stakeholder Engagement and Materiality

4

102-41

Formal collective agreements concerning working conditions

38% of all employees

Collective bargaining agreements and European Works Councils

102-42

Identifying and selecting stakeholders

Sustainability at Stepan / Stakeholder Engagement and Materiality

4

102-43

Approach to stakeholder engagement

Sustainability at Stepan / Stakeholder Engagement and Materiality

4

102-44

Key topics and concerns raised

Sustainability at Stepan / Stakeholder Engagement and Materiality

4, 5

Sustainability Priorities

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GRI STANDARD

DISCLOSURE

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION OR DIRECT ANSWER

PAGE #

Reporting Practices

102-45

Entities included in the consolidated financial statements

Form10-K,Item 7, page 21

102-46

Defining report content and topic Boundaries

Sustainability at Stepan / Stakeholder Engagement and Materiality

4, 5

Sustainability Priorities

102-47

List of material topics

Sustainability at Stepan / Sustainability Priorities

5

102-50

Reporting period

About This Report

102-52

Reporting cycle

About This Report

2

102-53

Contact point for questions regarding the report

About This Report

2

102-54

Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI Standards

About This Report

2

102-55

GRI content index

GRI Content Index

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TOPIC SPECIFIC DISCLOSURES

GRI STANDARD

DISCLOSURE

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION OR DIRECT ANSWER

PAGE #

ECONOMIC

Anti-Corruption

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Responsible Practices / Our Commitment

8

Boundary: Internal, All Operations

GRI 103: Management

103-2

The management approach and its components

Responsible Practices / Our Approach / Ethics and Compliance

8

Approach 2016

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Responsible Practices / Our Approach / Ethics and Compliance

8

205-1

Operations assessed for risks related to corruption

Analyst Download

GRI 205:

Responsible Practices / Ethics and Compliance

Anti-Corruption 2016

205-2

Communication and training about anti-corruption

8

policies and procedures

Analyst Download

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GRI STANDARD

DISCLOSURE

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION OR DIRECT ANSWER

PAGE #

ENVIRONMENTAL

Energy

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Commitment

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Approach / Operations Management

10

GRI 103: Management

Boundary: Internal, All Operations

Approach 2016

103-2

The management approach and its components

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Approach / Operations Management

10

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Approach / Operations Management, Emissions

10, 11

302-1

Energy consumption within the organization

Analyst Download

GRI 302: Energy 2016

302-3

Energy intensity

Analyst Download

SASB

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(1) Total energy consumed, (2) percentage grid electricity,

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(3) percentage renewable, (4) total self-generated energy

Water

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Commitment

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Approach / Operations Management

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

In addition to water being used as an important ingredient in many of our products, Stepan

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utilizes water resources for steam heat in production process, industrial process cooling and

GRI 103: Management

for cleaning production equipment across our manufacturing facilities globally.

Approach 2016

Boundary: Internal, All Operations

103-2

The management approach and its components

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Approach / Operations Management

10

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Approach / Operations Management, Water Use

10, 12

303-1

Interactions with water as a shared resource

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Approach / Water Use

12

Each site manages water usage and waste water discharges according to the regulations and

GRI 303: Water 2018

303-2

Management of water discharge-related impacts

limits for that site or region. Some sites have their own water treatment operations while

others work with local municipalities for disposal. Water quality is monitored and treated to

meet at least minimum standards for quality of effluent discharge.

303-3

Water withdrawal

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GRI STANDARD

DISCLOSURE

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION OR DIRECT ANSWER

PAGE #

303-4

Water discharge

Analyst Download

303-5

Water consumption

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Description of water management risks and discussion

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of strategies and practices to mitigate those risks

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Approach / Water Use

12

(Discussion & Analysis)

SASB

(1) Total water withdrawn, (2) total water consumed,

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percentage of each in regions with High or Extremely

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High Baseline Water Stress (Thousand cubic meters (m³),

Percentage (%))

Emissions

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Commitment

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Approach / Operations Management

10

GRI 103: Management

Boundary: Internal, All Operations

Approach 2016

103-2

The management approach and its components

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Approach / Operations Management

10

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Approach / Operations Management, Emissions

10, 11

305-1

Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions

Analyst Download

305-2

Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions

Analyst Download

GRI 305: Emissions 2016

305-4

GHG emissions intensity

Analyst Download

305-5

Reduction of GHG emissions

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Approach / Emissions

11

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Gross global Scope 1 emissions, percentage covered

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under emissions-limiting regulation (Metric tons (t)

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CO2-e, Percentage (%))

SASB

Discussion of long-term and short-term strategy or plan to

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Stepan conforms to the ACC Responsible Care®Management System and is in the process of implementing an enhanced management system with criteria from ISO 14001 (environmental management) and ISO 50001 (energy management) incorporated. Stepan has established baseline data for energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions across our global facilities. We have defined energy use and emissions reduction targets and are committed to incorporating renewable energy as part of our efficiency and emissions management program.

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GRI STANDARD

DISCLOSURE

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION OR DIRECT ANSWER

PAGE #

Effluents and Waste

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Commitment

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Approach / Operations Management

10

GRI 103: Management

Boundary: Internal, All Operations

Approach 2016

103-2

The management approach and its components

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Approach / Operations Management

10

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Approach / Operations Management, Waste Reduction

10, 12

Wastewater, unknown: 0.20

306-1

GRI 306: Effluents

and Waste 2016

306-2

Water discharge by quality and destination: U.S. volumes

Wastewater, indirect discharge: 28.49

only (megaliters)

Wastewater direct discharge, including rainwater: 1,290.4

Wastewater, offsite shipment: 3.18

Incineration: 2.30

Recycle/Reclaim: 2.77

Waste by type and disposal method: Global volumes

Waste to Energy: 0.05

Wastewater Treatment: 1.8

of hazardous waste only (kilotons)

Fuel Blending: 244.33

Other/Unknown: 4.71

Landfill: 1.34

306-3

Significant spills

8 Tier 1 spills based on the API 754 standard methodology, representing 0.003% of volumes

sold in 2019

SASB

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Amount of hazardous waste generated, percentage recycled

257.3 kilotons generated, 1% recycled and reclaimed

Environmental Compliance

The commitment to operate and produce products according to all applicable environmental

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

laws and regulations is a fundamental requirement for earning and maintaining our license to

operate globally.

Boundary: Internal, All Operations.

GRI 103: Management

103-2

The management approach and its components

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Approach / Operations Management

10

Approach 2016

Stepan conducts internal audits across sites and external audits where requested or required

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

by customer, supplier, governments, or in fulfillment of our industry memberships, as well as

for maintenance of site certifications. Fines, violations, incidents and

spills are tracked at all

sites and reported up to senior leadership and the Board.

GRI 307: Environmental

307-1

Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations

Seven Environmental Regulatory Notices of

Compliance 2016

Violation for global operations in 2019

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GRI STANDARD

DISCLOSURE

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION OR DIRECT ANSWER

PAGE #

Supplier Environmental Assessment

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Responsible Practices / Our Approach / Third Party Partnerships

9

Boundary: Internal, All Operations; External, Supply Chain

GRI 103: Management

103-2

The management approach and its components

Responsible Practices / Our Approach / Third Party Partnerships

9

Approach 2016

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Responsible Practices / Our Approach / Third Party Partnerships

9

GRI 308: Supplier

308-1

New suppliers that were screened using

Analyst Download

Environmental Assessment

environmental criteria

Amount of palm oil sourced, percentage certified through

SASB

CG-HP-430a.1

the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) supply

Analyst Download

chains as (a) Identity Preserved, (b) Segregated, (c) Mass

Balance, or (d) Book & Claim (Metric tons (t), Percentage (%))

SOCIAL

Occupational Health and Safety

Responsible Practices / Our Approach / Employee Safety and Health

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Investing in People / Our Approach / Employee Safety

8, 15

GRI 103: Management

Boundary: Internal, All Operations

Approach 2016

103-2

The management approach and its components

Responsible Practices / Our Approach / Employee Safety and Health

8

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Responsible Practices / Our Approach / Employee Safety and Health

8

403-1

Occupational health and safety management system

Responsible Practices / Our Approach / Employee Safety and Health

8

Hazard identification, risk assessment, and

Stepan proactively identifies potential hazards and works to mitigate safety risks across all sites.

403-2

Stepan tracks and reports on incidents and near-misses across our global facilities, on an ongoing

GRI 403: Management

incident investigation

basis. Employees receive safety training and also training on reporting incidents/near-misses.

Approach 2018

All Stepan locations are required to have a functioning Environmental, Health, Safety and

403-3

Occupational health services

Security (EHS&S) committee that participates in improving safe and healthful working

conditions at that site. Stepan implements behavior-based safety programs including training

and awareness activities.

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GRI STANDARD

DISCLOSURE

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION OR DIRECT ANSWER

PAGE #

403-4

Worker participation, consultation, and communication

on occupational health and safety

Approximately 38% of Stepan employees participate in local unions or European Works Councils. All employees are encouraged to provide feedback through numerous mechanisms, including direct communication with managers, use of the company Ethics Hotline, and participation in the National Safety Council Occupational Safety Climate Assessment Report (OSCAR) survey. The OSCAR survey is conducted every 3-4 years and is used to evaluate employee satisfaction and engagement. Issues of concern are identified across our sites and results are used to develop improvement plans.

403-5

Worker training on occupational health and safety

Investing in People / Our Approach / Employee Safety

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403-6

Promotion of worker health

Investing in People / Our Approach / Employee Benefits and Well-Being

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403-8

Workers covered by an occupational health and safety

58% of sites covered

management system

62% of workers based on hours worked

GRI 403: Occupational

403-9

Work-related injuries

Analyst Download

Health and Safety 2018

403-10

Work-related ill health

Analyst Download

Description of efforts to assess, monitor, and reduce

Responsible Practices / Our Approach / Employee Safety and Health

Sites perform Hazard and Risk Assessments and Job Hazard Analysis. As part of ongoing and

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exposure of employees and contract workers to long-term

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new safety programs, we are implementing enhanced work-role specific programs based

on

SASB

(chronic) health risks (Discussion & Analysis)

hazard recognition initiatives.

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(1) Total recordable incident rate (TRIR) and (2) fatality rate

Analyst Download

for (a) direct employees and (b) contract employees (rate)

Training and Education

Investing in People / Our Commitment

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Investing in People / Our Approach / Employee Training and Development

15, 16

GRI 103: Management

Boundary: Internal, All Operations

Approach 2016

103-2

The management approach and its components

Investing in People / Our Approach / Employee Training and Development

16

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Investing in People / Our Approach / Employee Training and Development

16

404-1

Average hours of training per year per employee

2-6 hours of Ethics and Compliance training depending on level in the organization;

GRI 404: Training and

6-20 hours of safety related training annually, depending on role of employee.

Education 2016

404-2

Programs for upgrading employee skills and transition

Investing in People / Our Approach / Employee Training and Development

16

assistance programs

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GRI STANDARD

DISCLOSURE

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION OR DIRECT ANSWER

PAGE #

404-3

Percentage of employees receiving regular performance

50%

and career development reviews

Local Communities

Investing in People / Our Commitment

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Investing in People / Our Approach / Community Connections

15, 17

GRI 103: Management

Boundary: External, Communities where we operate

Approach 2016

103-2

The management approach and its components

Investing in People / Our Approach / Community Connections

17

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Investing in People / Our Approach / Community Connections

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For all Stepan facilities, Stepan personnel engage to promote safety and safety awareness.

Safety within the workplace is a critical first step for enabling community safety. This includes

workplace safety training for employees to reduce risks, mitigate impacts of an incident, and

promote most effective response in case of an event. Sites engage with local first responders

in a variety of trainings and drills to promote incident readiness and management. At some

GRI 413: Local

413-1

Operations with local community engagement, impacts

Stepan facilities, First Responders participate in Stepan's Safe Start trainings, and in other

Communities 2016

assessments, and development programs

regions trainings are organized offsite to accommodate the particular needs of and to promote

collaboration and preparedness among industrial park members. For some sites, Stepan

personnel engage in community building events to promote safety awareness. These events

include participation in townhalls, distribution of informational pamphlets to nearby community

members, or hosting events to enable community members and families to learn about Stepan

operations and commitments to safety

Discussion of engagement processes to manage risks

Investing in People / Our Approach / Community Connections

SASB

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and opportunities associated with community interests

17, 12

Efficiency for the Planet / Our Approach / Water Use

(Discussion & Analysis)

Supplier Social Assessment

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Responsible Practices / Our Approach / Third Party Partnerships

9

Boundary: External, Supply Chain

GRI 103: Management

103-2

The management approach and its components

Responsible Practices / Our Approach / Third Party Partnerships

9

Approach 2016

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Responsible Practices / Our Approach / Third Party Partnerships

9

GRI 414: Supplier

414-1

New suppliers that were screened using social criteria

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Social Assessment

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GRI STANDARD

DISCLOSURE

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION OR DIRECT ANSWER

PAGE #

Customer Health and Safety

103-1

Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

Responsible Practices / Our Approach / Product Stewardship and Compliance

9

Boundary: Internal, All Operations; External, Customers

GRI 103: Management

Responsible Practices / Our Approach / Product Stewardship and Compliance

103-2

The management approach and its components

Advantageous Products / Our Commitment

9, 13

Approach 2016

Advantageous Products / Our Approach, Benefitting People and the Environment

103-3

Evaluation of the management approach

Responsible Practices / Our Approach / Product Stewardship and Compliance

9, 13

Advantageous Products / Our Approach, Benefitting People and the Environment

GRI 416: Customer

416-1

Assessment of the health and safety impacts of product

5.4% of Stepan chemicals are classified as 'high-priority' chemicals according to GHS and

Health and Safety

and service categories

other national and international standards.

As members of American Chemistry Council (ACC), Stepan is actively engaged with the

Global Product Strategy (GPS) initiative. GPS, which is designed to meet the United Nations

Strategic Approach to Chemicals Management, aims to improve product stewardship within

Discussion of strategy to (1) manage chemicals of concern

the chemical industry and with suppliers and customers throughout the chain of commerce.

Additionally, Stepan has implemented the Product Safety Code which contains 11 management

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and (2) develop alternatives with reduced human and/or

practices to focus on the knowledge, management, and communication of the health and

environmental impact (Discussion & Analysis)

environmental impacts of chemical products. Stepan has prioritized the chemicals we

SASB

manufacture and are using a tiered approach to create our product stewardship summaries.

Product stewardship summaries have been completed for those chemicals identified as

being

a high priority according to national and/or international regulation.

(1) Percentage of products that contain Globally Harmonized

System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)

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Category 1 and 2 Health and Environmental Hazardous

Substances, (2) percentage of such products that have

undergone a hazard assessment (Percentage (%) by revenue,

Percentage (%))

5.4% of Stepan chemicals are classified as 'high-priority' chemicals according to GHS and other national and international standards.

100% of Stepan's 'high-priority' chemicals have Product Stewardship summaries prepared and publicly available on the company website.

This report contains forward-looking statements that are based on Stepan's current assumptions and expectations, including statements regarding our sustainability targets, goals, commitments and programs and other business plans, initiatives and objectives. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "expect," "intend," "plan," "seek," "estimate," "potential," "continue," "will," "should," "goal" and variations of these terms and similar expressions. Stepan's actual future results, including the achievement of our targets, goals or commitments, could differ materially from our projected results as the result of changes in circumstances, assumptions not being realized, or other risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, those described in Stepan's Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this report are made as of the date of this report, and Stepan assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, including financial estimates and forecasts, whether as a result of future events, circumstances or developments or otherwise.

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Spread / Average Target 12,9%
Spread / Lowest Target 11,5%
Managers
NameTitle
F. Quinn Stepan Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Luis E. Rojo Chief Financial Officer & Vice President
Jason Scott Keiper VP, Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer
Edward Joseph Wehmer Lead Independent Director
Gregory E. Lawton Independent Director
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