Sustainability Report and Carbon Intensity Rankings

Is SQM doing their part?

Their DitchCarbon score is 48

SQM has a DitchCarbon Score of 48 out of 100, indicating moderate performance in sustainability measures. This score reflects the company’s current carbon intensity level, suggesting there is significant room for improvement. To enhance its score, SQM needs to implement more effective strategies to reduce its carbon intensity and overall environmental impact.

This was calculated based on 30+ company specific emissions data points, the higher the score, the better. Check out our methodology.

Industry emissions intensity

Very low




Very high

SQM is a company in the industrial manufacturing sector, which has a carbon intensity ranking of medium. Some industries are more damaging than others, this ranking gives you an indication of how carbon intensive the industry is which this company operates in.

Location emissions intensity

Very low




Very high

SQM, located in Chile, operates in a region with a medium carbon intensity rating. This indicates that the company’s sustainability efforts are influenced by the country’s moderate environmental impact from carbon emissions.

...this company is doing 6.71% better in emissions than the industry average.

SQM, founded in 1968, is a prominent Chilean company in the industrial manufacturing sector, headquartered in Las Condes. It employs over 9,000 people and operates globally, with commercial offices worldwide, exporting to more than 110 countries. SQM is a leader in the lithium, iodine, potassium nitrate, and solar salt markets, offering diverse services across its five business lines and emphasizing professional development and worker safety.

Good news, SQM has embraced SBTi commitments for sustainability

SQM has established Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) commitments to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from company operations, which include both direct emissions and indirect emissions from purchased energy. These targets align with the global effort to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, representing a rigorous approach to climate action.

There’s always room for improvement,

DitchCarbon recommends...

SQM should explore opportunities for fuel switching in transportation and operations to potentially reduce their emissions by 15%.

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Our methodology

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