Three questions to Anna Haesert, Chief Sustainability Officer:
An overview of our sustainability work
Anna Haesert is the Group’s Coordinating Chief Sustainability Officer. Here, Anna explains more about Beijer Alma’s overall sustainability activities and shares some examples of what is being done at our local units.
Climate change is driving global technology shifts in areas such as electrification. How does this affect you?
This can be both a threat and an opportunity. Beijer Alma is well equipped to respond to these changes. Many of the components that the Group companies manufacture are customized to customers’ unique needs. This means that we enter the development process early on, and can adapt technical solutions to changes in requirements and take advantage of opportunities that arise. We are also well diversified, with customers in different industries, which means that we don’t have any significant exposure to individual sectors that might suffer negative impacts from these expected technology shifts. Our products are also included in products that are part of the transition.
How do you address these sustainability issues?
We look at the big picture and how we can contribute to a circular, sustainable society. We monitor technological developments in the world around us and value partnerships and collaboration. Sound business ethics and social commitment are important parts of our sustainability objectives. The guiding principle is our Code of Conduct, which applies to everyone in the Group regardless of where they are in the world. This is supplemented by tools in our subsidiaries’ various units. We are also engaged locally where we operate by supporting organizations that advocate local development. Sustainability regulations and reporting requirements are going to become more stringent in the next few years.
What are the challenges?
We have solid fundamental procedures that we can build upon further as new laws, regulations and frameworks are developed. While expanded reporting is always a challenge, there are advantages because it will be standardized in the future. The collection of sustainability data has now been digitized, which has facilitated data management