Trelleborg takes responsibility for a sustainable future in several ways. Our innovative polymer solutions help protect people, the environment, infrastructure and assets. And we have three areas in focus for our corporate responsibility: Operations, Compliance and Social Engagement. Learn more about how we protect what matters in the video.
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From the Annual Report 2020, interview with the CEO Peter Nilsson:
“We are aiming to halve our CO2 emissions relative to sales within five years. From a slightly longer perspective, our vision is to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2035…‘Protecting the essential’ has become the motto for our new strategy… We will be working toward circular material flows, which means a higher share of bio-based and recycled materials, improving the wellbeing of our employees in various ways, monitoring our supply chain even more closely, and becoming even more involved in the local community in the places where we operate.”
Operations: efficient and sustainable resource usage 2020
Focus and target: The “20 by 20” target aimed 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 2020, the value was 10.9 tons per SEK M. The target set was achieved with a good margin, with an overall 32 percent improvement since the base year.
Read more here about the new climate target and vision from 2021 and onward.
Operations: employee safety, diversity and development 2020
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 2020, the average was 1.4 LWCs (2.0) per 100 employees. The average number of days lost per injury was 36.6 (28.3).
Focus and target: Zero tolerance applies to bribery, corruption, cartel and other criminal behavior, child and forced labor, and discrimination (reported and reviewed).
Outcome: 0 cases (0) of significant breaches of laws and permits that resulted in legal consequences or fines were reported in 2020. Furthermore, 0 cases (0) of child labor or forced labor were reported.
Of 5 reported cases of discrimination (11), measures were taken in 4 cases (8), while 1 case (3) is being processed. During the year, 6 matters (17) were dealt with that originated from the whistleblower system. In some cases, reviews were carried out, which identified non-compliances with the Group’s Code of Conduct, and relevant measures were taken.
Focus and target: The goal is to only work with suppliers who adhere to Trelleborg’s Code of Conduct. Suppliers corresponding to at least 80 percent of the relevant purchasing value in the production units are to have completed a self-assessment in accordance with Trelleborg’s Code of Conduct.
Outcome: Trelleborg met the defined target level in 2020. Suppliers corresponding to 88.9 percent (86.4) of the reported relevant purchasing spend were reviewed.
Focus and target: Trelleborg supports local communities through various community activities. From 2021, all workplaces with more than 50 employees must have a plan for their social engagement.
Outcome: In most of the locations where Trelleborg operates, the company has partnerships with, for example, schools and universities. Youth and community activities are prioritized in sports sponsorship. Trelleborg is also involved in a number of special programs for children and youth development in such countries as Sri Lanka, India, China and Sweden. The operation in Sri Lanka was impacted in 2020 by local regulations concerning the Coronavirus pandemic, which resulted in periods of school closures.
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Despite a downturn in sales and earnings of 10 and 8 percent, respectively, excluding items affecting comparability, the operating margin was 13 percent, which represents a year-on-year improvement. Operating cash flow rose 28 percent, the best to date for the Group.