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Policy for sustainable development 

Updated 27/4-2020

The challenges the world are facing today are complex, inter-linked and is happening on several scales, locally and globally. Climate change is a major threat where the scientific community says we should keep global warming under 1.5°C even though current global emission levels makes that scenario unlikely[1]. The biodiversity loss is severe enough to be mentioned as the sixth extinction in the history of the planet[2]. Reports also shows that inequalities within countries are increasing and still not all human beings have the possibility to cover their basic needs[3]. Further, 2.0 billion people don’t have access to basic sanitation facilities. Better water, sanitation and hygiene could prevent the deaths of 297 000 children aged under 5 years each year.[4]The world is also facing several challenges related to health, such as spread of viruses and diseases where drug resistance is a major threat[5].

We aim to but sustainability at the core of our business to make sure that our operations has a low negative impact as possible on nature, climate and people.

Our sustainability areas are:

  • Environment and climate responsibility – this means that we aim to produce products with the lowest climate and environmental impact possible. This applies on the whole life-cycle of the products and how we operate by keeping transportation based on fossil fuels low.
  • Social responsibility – this means that we value the health and wellbeing of our workers where unions are encouraged and gender equality a strategic priority.
  • Transparency – this means that we want to be transparent with the tests and standards that match our criteria’s of high quality products. This also means that our annual reports, policies, partnerships and way of operating should be open to public.

We define sustainable development according to the commonly known Brundtland definition as a development that meet today’s needs without compromising with future generations to meet their needs[6].

Our second aim is to contribute to sustainable development in line with Agenda 2030 and its global goals[7]. The international agenda has two goals that matches the core business, goal 3 and goal 6. The vision of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)[8] work is to help marginalized communities to meet these two specific goals.

The strategic work and areas of priority are stated in the action plan of sustainable development. The action plan is being continuously updated after targets has been met. The yearly sustainable development work is included in the sustainability report.

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