Protecting the essential
Trelleborg’s sustainability strategy Protecting the Essential includes the ways in which the company takes responsibility for a sustainable future. Our innovative solutions help protect people, the environment, infrastructure and assets. We have three areas in focus for our corporate responsibility: Operations, Compliance and Social Engagement.
Learn more about how we protect the essential in the video.
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CEO Peter Nilsson (from Annual Report 2021):
We want to be a sustainability leader in our industry
We want to be a sustainability leader in our industry. The clearest expression of this is our vision that Trelleborg as a Group will have net zero emission of greenhouse gases by 2035. … We are improving our manufacturing processes, developing new and cleaner materials, as well as industrial solutions, in parallel with continuously optimizing our collective carbon footprint in all of our operations.
Operations 2021: Resource usage
Focus and target: The “50 by 25” target aims to reduce direct and indirect carbon emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by at least 50 percent relative to sales by the end of 2025 (compared with base year 2020 of 10.9 metric tons/SEK M). Significant improvements are also to be made in Scope 3 emissions along the value chain during the same period. Trelleborg will set the Scope 3 target in dialog with the Science Based Targets initiative.
Outcome: In 2021, the value was 9.8 metric tons (10.9) per SEK M, which corresponds to a 10-percent decrease compared with the base year 2020. Efforts to determine emissions in Scope 3 continued during the year.
Health and safety
Focus and target: The target is to continuously reduce occupational injuries and illnesses that lead to more than one day’s absence – Lost Work Cases (LWC). For 2021, the target was less than 2.0 per 100 employees in production operations. For 2022, the goal will be less than 1.0. In addition, the average number of working days lost due to occupational injuries and illnesses is to decrease.
Outcome: In 2021, the average was 1.4 LWCs (1.4) per 100 employees in production units, unchanged from the preceding year and below the target of less than 2.0 for the year.
New key figure: number of days lost (Lost Work Day (LWD) rate), per 100 employees was 47.
Compliance 2021: Laws and codes
Anti-corruption and Human Rights
Focus and target: Zero tolerance applies to bribery, corruption, cartel and other criminal behavior, child labor and forced labor, as well as 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 2021. Similarly, 0 cases (0) of child labor or forced labor were reported. Of 4 reported cases of discrimination (5), all 4 (1) are still being processed.
During the year, 18 matters (6) were dealt with that originated from the whistleblower system. The relevant action was taken in the event it was deemed appropriate.
Focus and target: Suppliers corresponding to at least 80 percent of the reported relevant purchasing spend 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 2021 with a good margin. Suppliers corresponding to 89.4 percent (88.9) of the reported relevant purchasing spend in the production units were reviewed. In 2021, a new risk assessment commenced as the basis for supplier reviews to be performed in the forthcoming period, as well as a collaboration with CDP to analyze the climate footprint of selected suppliers.
Social engagement 2021
Focus and target: Trelleborg supports local communities through various community activities. All workplaces with more than 50 employees must have a plan for their social engagement.
Outcome: In 2021, all workplaces globally with more than 50 employees engaged in community activities with ongoing involvement in line with Trelleborg’s central focus for this. Special programs promoting the development of children and young people comprise a central focus for the local commitment.
In connection with sports sponsorship – another focus area – youth and community development activities are prioritized. A third focus area for many Trelleborg units is voluntary activities by employees in various social or environmental projects.
Over and above the 100-percent outcome for facilities with more than 50 employees, activities aligned with Trelleborg’s social engagement are conducted at the majority of the Group’s units.
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The performance of Trelleborg was very strong during the year despite the continued impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on various supply chains, which was a result of a shortage of certain components and raw materials as well as historically high freight costs. Concurrently, the Group issued its first green bond and presented new financial targets in 2021.