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Sustainable business value is achieved by working according to our sustainability framework and goals. Our approach to sustainability is for these types of issues to be integrated into our business, both as part of our day-to-day operations and as part of our strategic processes. 

Promoting sustainable development

We at Arla Plast are working to contribute to agenda 2030 and to the UN's Global Goals for Sustainable Development and to Sweden's climate goals 2045. We have identified the goals that are most relevant to our business and where Arla Plast can contribute the most. A strong financial position creates the prerequisite for sustainable development. A profitable business not only provides returns to owners, it also creates jobs and enables investment. Arla Plast has therefore adopted a number of financial targets that support the strategy for sustainability.

Internal governance - sustainability

Our sustainability work is led by group management and coordinated by the quality manager. The starting point is a sustainability strategy, long-term goals and sustainability-related governance documents. Sustainability work is an integral part of Arla Plast's operational management including business plan and budget work. Sustainability work and results/progress are communicated through the sustainability report and through an ongoing dialogue with stakeholders.

Arla Plast's CEO regularly presents sustainability results to the Board, which reviews and monitors the results towards the company's goals. The Board of Directors is responsible for the company's sustainability strategy and policies and approves the sustainability report.

Sustainability goals and strategy

Arla Plas is based on three sustainability areas:

- Environmental footprint
- Social sustainability
- Business ethics 

Environmental footprint

Arla Plast is endeavouring to reduce the climate impact of its business activities throughout the value chain and from a product life cycle perspective. Arla Plast’s objective and strategy to reduce its environmental footprint are based on the following areas:

1. Efficient use of materials
    • Increasing take-back of materials from customers
    • Increasing the reuse of regrind in production
    • Reducing regrind generation
2. Sustainable products
   • Increasing the share of products with a sustainability perspective in line with the UNSDG         Agenda 2030.
   • Increasing the share of investments that enable circularity
3. Resource-efficient operations
   • Increasing the purchase and use of renewable energy
   • Reducing environmentally hazardous waste
   • Reducing the use of fresh water
4. Reducing emissions from transport to customers
    • Consolidated transport
    • Sustainable modes of transport.

Social sustainability

Arla Plast's social responsibility primarily relates to employees and society.

 A good place to work

Arla Plast aims to ensure that employees are motivated and committed. By being an open and inclusive employer, with zero tolerance of discrimination, Arla Plast aims to offer a gender-equal, diverse workplace where employees can achieve their full potential and contribute to the development of a high-performance organization. Achieving gender equality in the organisation is a long-term aim.

Health and safety

Our employees should feel safe and we promote a healthy working environment. As Arla Plast has production facilities, it is important to limit the risk of workplace accidents and occupational injuries. All production facilities have certified management systems for health and safety, and all new employees are trained in safe working practices. 

Contributing to the local community

Arla Plast aims to contribute to positive social development and to be an important and committed player in the local community. It does this through an open dialogue and various targeted initiatives such as sponsorship and summer jobs. 

Business ethics

Arla Plast aims to conduct its business in an ethical and responsible manner and be a trustworthy partner in all relationships and wherever the company operates. Our approach to business ethics is summarised in guideline documents. Arla Plast has a whistleblower function to help detect unethical or illegal conduct. To ensure that Arla Plast’s suppliers comply with the company’s approach to business ethics, we require our major suppliers to read our Code of Conduct.

Governing documents

Aral Plast has adopted a number of policies and guideline documents. All policies have been determined by the Board of Directors, and below are those that are primarily relevant to Arla Plasts´s sustainability work.

Sustainability Policy and Code of Conduct including "The Arla Plast Way"

Controls Arla Plast's overall stance in relation to customers, employees, suppliers, business ethics and anti-corruption as well as society.

Operating Policy

Governs how the company aims to achieve a good and safe working environment and how it aims to minimize negative impacts on the external environment. 

Insider Policy

Arla Plast´s shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. As a result of the public listing, there is a risk of insider trading and other unauthorised practices, and this poicy is intended to reduce such risks and facilitate the Group´s compliance with applicable rules on the handling of insider information. 

Procurement Policy

Guides the company's efforts to establish and develop long-term business relationships with suppliers and with other partners.

Related Party Policy

Intended to reduce the risk of inaccuracies and irregularities due to related party relationships and related party transactions.

The Management System

Ensures a long-term, focused and systematic approach to continual improvement. Certifications are in place at all sites for ISO 14001 (environment), ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety), and two sites are certified to ISO 50001 (energy).