Our most important business objective is profitable growth. This is how we ensure Beijer Alma’s long-term success. To grow, we must also conduct our business in a responsible manner. This entails that we accept responsibility for people and the environment.
As a sustainable and socially responsible company, we limit our environmental impact, assume a broad social responsibility and offer a secure and stimulating work environment for our employees.
We also aim to be efficient in our sustainability work. Accordingly, we have formulated targets in four selected areas:
We enhance energy efficiency and reduce the amount of waste generated by our production facilities.
Energy-efficiency enhancement measures include, for example, reviews of our equipment, ventilation and lighting. Electricity consumption is monitored to enable efficiency enhancements and savings. This could include optimizing our ventilation systems to use less energy or replacing our existing lighting with LED bulbs, which help save energy.
To reduce the amount of waste we produce, we are working to minimize spillage in our production operations and thereby prevent waste from being created – for example, by developing or improving our manufacturing methods. At the same time, we also recycle many types of material, which is helping to reduce the amount of waste generated.
We are working to reduce the climate impact of Beijer Alma’s manufacturing processes and transport activities.
Energy-efficiency enhancements, such as limiting the use of fossil fuels for heating and transport, help to reduce our climate impact. A tangible example of this is our companies’ efforts to reduce their climate impact through the use of energy-efficient vehicles and an increasing proportion of rail transport.
We offer a healthy and stimulating work environment for all employees.
Beijer Alma has a vision of zero tolerance when it comes to workplace accidents. Systems and procedures for reporting incidents are increasingly being introduced and are currently in place at 75 percent of our units.
We help to ensure that the Group’s suppliers also focus on sustainable development.
We establish procedures for assessing our suppliers’ sustainability work. These supplier assessments are conducted in several stages and allow us to influence the entire value chain.
Code of Conduct provides support
When it comes to sustainability work, the same approach is to be taken by all employees, managers and Board members, regardless of where they are in the world. This is why we have a shared Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct provides guidance and helps us to address issues we encounter during the course of our daily operations.
Strategy guides practical work
Our strategy helps us understand how to address sustainability issues in practice. It allows us put our words into action in five areas:
We focus on the sustainability issues that are most important to the Group’s business strategy and our stakeholders.
To ensure that we have the right focus, we base our work on an action plan that extends for at least three-years forward. This plan is gradually being expanded to include new activities.
We have established long-term, Group-wide targets for key areas. These targets are supplemented with detailed targets and action plans in the local units.
Our current targets are set for 2018 and encompass such areas as energy and climate, waste, health and safety.
In the energy and climate area, the target is to reduce our energy consumption by 10 percent. The amount of waste is also to be reduced by 10 percent by 2018.
We strive to achieve a well-balanced delegation of responsibility. Practical work is to be structured and executed by the subsidiaries’ units.
Honest interaction is crucial when it comes to delegating responsibility, regardless of whether interaction takes place with the Board and management, in dialogs between managers and employees, or in our contacts with customers and business partners.
Honesty, in turn, requires a sound corporate culture, where openness, tolerance and generous access to information create the conditions for commitment to our sustainability work.
We take a systematic approach in order to make continuous improvements. This is mainly done within the framework of the ISO 14001 environmental management system.
Certified management systems are to be in place at all production units and other units where an environmental management system is relevant.
We regularly follow up our sustainability performance in such areas as energy consumption and waste. The results are presented in our sustainability report.
Sustainability issues have been integrated into Beijer Alma’s strategic planning and are thus included in the annual strategy review performed by the Board of Directors, Group management and the subsidiary management teams.