June’s SuperSealer is a dedicated sustainability champion, outdoor athlete, and sophisticated foodie. Below, Sigrid discusses the challenges of her role, the positive attitude to change within Trelleborg, and the opportunities she sees for creating a greener organization and industry.
Who are you?
Sigrid Sandberg, Sustainability Business Analyst
How long have you worked in this position and what are your key duties?
I joined Trelleborg right after I graduated from university in June 2021, so I’m celebrating my first full year with the company. The role is varied, which I enjoy, and most of my tasks are within the sustainability field. Among other things, I am responsible for following up on our corporate responsibility reporting and sustainability targets, making sure we are in line with our goal to reduce CO2 emissions. Other projects include the calculation of our products’ carbon footprint, coordination of our social engagement initiatives, and providing support to the HR team.
How long have you been with Trelleborg in total and what do you like about working with Trelleborg?
My current role is the first after my studies in environment and energy science and it has been a truly great experience joining Trelleborg Seals & Profiles. I feel a lot of support from my managers, colleagues, and the company, especially since I got the opportunity to join Trelleborg’s Graduate Program for university graduates, this is a real honor and makes me feel valued as an employee. Another important aspect for me is that I feel that Trelleborg is a company where I have the chance to make a positive impact. Our progress on sustainability is a great example of this.
What are the key challenges you face in your job?
I expected to encounter difficulties in raising awareness of environmental issues and convincing people to act within their roles, but this hasn’t been the case at all. Instead, I have experienced great commitment within the company. The challenges I face in my job are instead more related to continuous improvements, for example, constantly identifying and harnessing new opportunities to reduce energy consumption and waste. It can also sometimes be a challenge to support the sustainability work across all our locations worldwide, as I cannot always be as physically present as I might like.
How do you think the business in your area is going to evolve in the future? How are you preparing for this?
I’m convinced that increased regulation surrounding companies’ sustainability performance and reporting will come into force over the coming years, and that pressure will come from customers as well as from governments. My view is that we are well prepared for this as we are already dedicated to sustainability within our frameworks “Protecting the Essential” and “Blue Dimension”. In addition, our latest project to develop a process to calculate our products’ carbon footprint, from initial raw materials through to completion ahead of shipping to a customer, is a brilliant example of how we continually strive to meet our customers’ sustainability needs.
What do you do in your free time?
After graduating from university and moving to a new city, I found myself with plenty of free time, so, I joined a running club, which has been a great experience. The club offers both social runs and hard runs, which has led to me finding a lot of new friends as well as improving my race times. I enjoy other outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and ice skating, although the climate in the south of Sweden does not often allow it. I’m also something of a foodie and enjoy visiting new restaurants. So, if you’re ever in Malmo and need a restaurant recommendation, I’m very happy to help!