Sustainability performance 2018

Trelleborg and sustainability

Trelleborg is present in 50 more than countries worldwide and our product and solutions are used globally. But how do we take responsibility for a sustainable future? We have four areas in focus: Compliance, Resources, Diversity and Social engagement. Learn more in the video. 

Interview with the CEO

"With regard to sustainability, Trelleborg has an important role to play in society’s transition. One important part of the UN sustainable development goals is the goals that we can help to solve through our products and innovation capability. Through our expertise of polymer solutions and how they can best be designed for various uses."

Full interview

Compliance with laws and codes

Anti-corruption and human rights

Focus and target: Zero tolerance applies to bribery, corruption, cartel and other criminal behavior, child and forced labor, and discrimination (reported and reviewed). 

Outcome: Zero cases (0) of significant breaches of laws and permits that resulted in legal consequences or fines were reported in 2018. Furthermore, zero cases (0) of child labor or forced labor were reported. Of 7 reported cases of discrimination (5), a settlement was reached between the parties or other measures were taken in 4 cases (4), while 3 cases (1) are still being processed.

During the year, 18 matters (18) were reported via the whistleblower system. In some cases, reviews were carried out, which identified non-compliances with the Group’s Code of Conduct and policies, and relevant measures were taken in these cases. 


Focus and target: The goal is to only work with suppliers who adhere to Trelleborg’s Code of Conduct.

Self-assessment is to be completed with suppliers corresponding to 80 percent of the relevant global purchasing value in the production units.

Outcome: Trelleborg met the defined target level in 2018. Suppliers corresponding to about 85,5 percent (84) of the relevant purchasing value were assessed. 

Safe and efficient use of resources

Health and safety

Focus and target: Occupational injuries and illnesses with at least one day’s absence is defined as Lost Work Cases (LWC) per 100 full-time employees per year.

In addition, the number of working days lost due to occupational injuries and illnesses is measured.

Outcome: In 2018, the average outcome was 2.2 LWCs (2.4) per 100 employees. The average number of days lost per injury was 28.7 (30.3). The statistic improvements of the year are overshadowed by two fatal accidents. 


Focus and target: The “20 by 20” target aims to reduce direct and indirect CO2 emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by at least 20 percent relative to sales by 2020 (compared with base year 2015 and the value of 16.0 metric tons/SEK M).

Outcome: In 2018, the value was 11.8 metric tons/SEK M (15.4), with the decrease compared with 2017 attributable in both the transition to green energy sources and improved energy efficiency. 



Focus and target: The company is endeavoring to achieve a balanced age distribution for the type of operation conducted by Trelleborg.

Outcome: The age distribution for salaried employees at Trelleborg remained stable during the 2014–2018* measurement period.


Focus and target: Trelleborg works to achieve a balanced mix in terms of age, ethnicity and gender, especially at management levels.

As of 2016, the aim is to continuously increase the share of female managers at management levels 4–5.

Outcome: In 2018, the share of women at management levels 4–5 in Trelleborg’s units was 26 percent (27) on level with 2017. The share of women for the organization as a whole is 25 percent (24). The share of women in Group management is 10 percent (10), and on the Board 38 percent (38).

Social Engagement


Focus and target: Trelleborg supports the local community which it operates by participating in a variety of social activities, and at selected locations by providing support for educational activities for young people. These operations are to be continuously developed by adding new programs.

Outcome: In most of the places where Trelleborg operates, the company has partnerships with, for example, schools and universities. With regard to sports sponsorship, youth and social activities are prioritized, while the company is also involved in a number of special programs that support child and youth development in such countries as Sri Lanka, India and Sweden. 

Blue DimensionTM

Trelleborg’s products and solutions improve sustainability for customers and for society in general. They protect in a number of ways what is important, such as the environment, people, infrastructure and other assets. They save energy, cut emissions and protect the soil. They contribute to good health. They reduce noise and vibrations, creating a quieter and more comfortable work environment. They extend the service life of community infrastructure, such as bridges, tunnels and skyscrapers.

We seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments

Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. Trelleborg’s work on small, everyday operational improvements has generated results. Both our EBIT and EBIT margin were the highest ever for the Group for a full year. The balance sheet is not restricting the Group’s flexibility and cash flow remains healthy.

Annual report 2017 cover