We consider environmental protection to be one of the most significant challenges facing the world’s population at present and in the future – which includes us and our stakeholders. As a company that operates at an international level, we recognise our responsibilities concerning the impact that our business activities have on the environment. We have therefore formalised our commitment to environmental excellence. Our environmental policy was latest updated in 2018. Since then, we have continually striven to improve the environmental performance of our operations by:
- Reducing the Group’s energy consumption and CO2 emissions
- Optimising use of water and raw materials
- Managing waste to reduce its impact
Energy & Climate
We identify our energy consumption, and its effect on the climate, as having a major environmental impact. CO2 emissions and energy consumption are the areas where we can make the most difference. Indeed, we can directly act to reduce our energy consumption, improve our energy efficiency and control our CO2 emissions.
Actions: What we have done
In 2016, we set a number of non-financial targets for our environmental performance. Since then, we have been working continuously to secure our reporting. During 2019, we progressed in the understanding of our impact, gaining knowledge about which areas we need to work on. We plan to start an energy diagnosis campaign in our manufacturing units to improve this analysis further.
Energy consumption and renewable energy
Our manufacturing processes require energy at various production stages for tasks such as heating, cooling and powering the machines. All these processes use various energies that ultimately lead to production of greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, we are progressing towards improving our energy consumption through energy-efficient planning, construction and operation of buildings or use of renewable energies. For example, several of our operations have recently changed their energy suppliers to favour electricity supply from renewable sources.
Group travel policy
In the sales part of our business, the vast majority of the energy we consume and the greenhouse gases we emit comes from travel, both on land and in the air. Therefore in 2016 we established a new Group travel policy to set our standards when it comes to international travel and a new Group fleet policy to promote the use of carbon-efficient vehicles. Since then we have been working on reducing the CO2 emissions of our company cars by setting new standards.
The world’s population is growing larger, living longer, and consuming more. To conserve natural resources for future generations, sustainable management of the natural environment is necessary. We continuously work to optimise our use of water and raw materials through the improvement of our processes.
Actions: What we have done
New Group environmental commitment
The Group’s environmental policy was updated in 2018. By reviewing our risks and impact analysis, we have decided to integrate “resource consumption” into our new framework alongside the management of our energy consumption and waste generation. Indeed, we believe that companies that address this issue not only help the planet, but they also gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Consequently, this topic is fairly new for Gunnebo.
Steel usage reduction
The first resource used in the manufacturing of our products is steel and we have always been keen on providing cost benefits in how we use and recycle this material (100% of our scrap steel is sent to recycling). For four years now we have been improving our steel usage through product design and operational efficiency.
Water recycling systems
We use water as a component for the concrete we use for our safes and for the cleaning of those installations. We are committed to reducing water consumption and we are achieving that by implementing wastewater recycling systems for our concrete processes.
As an producer selling products in Europe, we have a legal responsibility towards the European Union’s REACH regulations. We have conducted a study of our manufacturing processes to control how we are using chemical mixtures. This assessment has helped us remove the most hazardous substances from our processes.
We believe that managing our waste helps reduce our environmental impact. Consequently, we strive to reduce the waste we generate. From our production areas to our offices, we have been systematically separating our waste for years. Finally, we manage our hazardous waste to lessen its impact on the environment and we aim to direct our general waste to recycling or energy recovery systems.
Actions: What we have done
Waste management in manufacturing units
Our manufacturing units are ISO 14001 certified (environmental management systems). We ensure that all waste materials, both hazardous and non-hazardous, are disposed of in the country of origin via qualified waste disposal companies in accordance with the relevant statutory regulations. We do not export waste to other countries. As a rule, we seek to systematically minimise our waste output, separate substances and favour disposal through recycling process or a valorising process when available.
Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
A big shift happened in 2018 in Europe for the regulation of Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). With almost no exceptions, all electronic and electrical products are now covered by this European directive, including Gunnebo’s products. Consequently, we have internally assessed our compliance towards these changes and have taken the necessary actions to comply.
Gunnebo’s sustainability impact across the value chain derives from both direct and indirect operations. Ability to manage impact starts with R&D activities, followed by purchasing, manufacturing, sales, delivery and installation, service and end of use.
Product development is a vital part of each Business Unit’s growth strategy. Sustainability concerns start at the conceptual phase. All Business Units create new products, anticipating future needs, without compromising on quality, price or sustainability. The choice of materials can impact the environment and the people who make and use the products. Therefore it is important to consider the length of the products’ full lifecycle, their energy consumption and how they are disposed of at the end of their lifecycle. Product development is an important step that sets in motion industrialisation, where one can control future costs and avoid unnecessary steps and waste.
To build a strong supply chain, Gunnebo selectively chooses its suppliers. The Group invests in win-win relationships to assure the ultimate objective: to serve the needs of end customers and create value for the Group’s stakeholders. When business partners are selected, it is important to consider our impact on them and their impact on the environment. Gunnebo supports jobs creation beyond its operations, through building strategic partnerships. It is the Group’s responsibility to make sure that business is carried out in accordance with Gunnebo Supplier’s Code of Conduct throughout the supply chain regarding environmental care, occupational health, human rights and anti-corruption.
Gunnebo operates nine manufacturing units worldwide with about 1,100 employees. This workforce provides the input and flexibility the Group needs to meet customers’ demands. Gunnebo works continuously at all these sites to reduce the environmental footprint while optimising performance and maintaining high standards of quality and safe working conditions.
In terms of logistics footprint, Gunnebo’s manufacturing units are located in Americas, Europe and Asia. In order to optimise the transportation of products, the Group builds partnerships with selected logistics companies to deliver a high standard of service while considering cost and environmental impact. Once delivered, products are installed by either Gunnebo’s own employees or sub-contractors. The Group works continuously to maintain high standards of quality and safe working conditions throughout the installation process.
Management of the complete lifecycle is important for Gunnebo. Gunnebo’s products are meant to last and the Group’s competitive advantage is based on total cost of ownership. It is the Group’s ambition to ensure that all clients receive good service throughout the entire lifecycle. Gunnebo offers services which are tailor-made to customer needs. Gunnebo can also be a preferred partner when it comes to finding a replacement for outdated materials and identifying recycling and disposal options.