UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
Agenda 2030, the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by most of the world leaders in 2015 to promote socially, economically and environmentally sustainable development. Elanders contributes to the goals in varying degrees. The ambition is that Elanders sustainability work will create value for all stakeholders and thereby also contribute to these goals.
The following seven goals have been identified as the most material for Elanders’ sustainability work:
Ensure an inclusive and equitable education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Elanders’ contribution: Elanders supports several projects that promote raising knowledge levels through education. For example, Elanders works together with around ten other Swedish companies with the organization Pratham Education Foundation that strives to improve the quality of education in India.
Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Elanders’ contribution: Fair working conditions for all employees through a clear Code of Conduct and continuously monitoring the work environment and workers’ rights.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Reduce income inequality within and among countries.
Elanders’ contribution: Elanders believes all people are equal independent of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, etc. The Code of Conduct contains the strict prohibition of any kind of harassment or discrimination.
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation.
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Elanders’ contribution: Solutions for streamlining and consolidating material flows and deliveries contribute significantly to reducing Elanders customers’ environmental impact. Life Cycle Management is an important part of the offer where Elanders helps customers in every phase of a product’s life cycle. For instance, the handling of returns of worn-out IT equipment when delivering new products to the customer, recycling computers, monitors and printers and restoring products for reuse on behalf of customers in a sustainable way.
Constant appraisals to reduce Elanders’ environmental impact from emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in print operations without negatively affecting quality, e.g., more efficient methods that reduce consumption or switching to less volatile solvents.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Elanders’ contribution: Reducing energy consumption is fundamental when Elanders makes new investments.
As far as possible, the company uses renewable energy in the markets where it is available. Continuously upgrading the transportation fleet, efficient motors, well-developed GPS systems, continuously training drivers and awarding the most fuel-efficient drivers contribute to reducing fuel consumption.
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