Objectives and Achievements 2013

Husqvarna Group’s management has put long-term and short-term objectives to measure progress towards becoming a more sustainable company.

Develop environmentally sound products 

Objectives 2013-2015

  • Develop and implement a roadmap for phasing out hazardous chemicals and substances in products and processes.
  • Implement and apply the concept of environmental design in the product creation process.

Achievements 2013

  • Started substitution programs for some hazardous substances, e.g. DEHP.
  • Investment in hard-chrome plating in Huskvarna with closed waste water treatment.
  • Investment in surface treatment in Huskvarna replacing hexavalent chromium based method.
  • Decision to invest in two nickel plating lines in Nashville which will replace hard-chrome plating carried out by sub-suppliers.
  • New environmental procedures for REACH and RoHS were added in the product creation process.

More efficient use of energy and input materials

Objectives 2013-2015

  • Reduce energy consumption by 10 percent per produced equivalent unit and/or added value at production sites.
  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions per ton kilometer from transportation of goods.
  • Implement and maintain ISO 14001 on production facilities with more than 100 employees. The goal is 100 percent, baseline 2012: 88 percent.

Achievements 2013

  • Developed an energy strategy for production facilities and warehouses in Europe.
  • Developed a new method to monitor carbon dioxide emissions from transportation.
  • 91 percent of the production facilities with more than 100 employees were certified.

Select suppliers that operate in a responsible manner

Objectives 2013-2015

  • Implement a unified program for risk mapping, supplier evaluation and supplier selection based on Husqvarna Group's Code of Conduct.

Achievements 2013

  • The Supplier Sustainability Requirements Manual based on Husqvarna Group’s Code of Conduct was developed and distributed to the 150 largest suppliers.
  • Sustainability training of Supplier Quality Assurance (SQA) auditors in China, Europe and the U.S.
  • Sustainability audits conducted on selected suppliers in China.

Reduce workplace accidents to zero

Objectives 2013-2015

  • Reduce number of accidents (measured in lost days) per million hours worked. Baseline 2012:5.1.
  • Implement a unified health and safety management system within the Group.

Achievements 2013

  • The lost workday accident rate improved to 4.5
  • Unified health and safety standards developed and rolled-out.
  • Developed an enhanced safety metric for all business units

Contribute to the professional development of each employee

Objectives 2013-2015

  • 80 percent of employees should undergo a performance review. Baseline 2012:67 percent.
  • Employee Satisfaction Index target 85, as measured in the yearly employee survey. Baseline 2012:82.

Achievements 2013

  • Group average declined to 64 percent.
  • Performance review form is reviewed and updated.
  • Employee Satisfaction Index decreased to 79 which highlighted the process around the employee survey

Ensure employee adherence to the Code of Conduct

Objectives 2013-2015

  • 100 percent of managers in tier 1-3 to attend web-based training in the Group's Code of Conduct.
  • 100 percent of purchase and sales personnel (i.e. tier 4 or corresponding to the level of key account managers and above) to attend web-based training in Husqvarna Group's Code of Conduct.
  • Include Code of Conduct in the induction program for all new employees.

Achievements 2013

  • Roll-out of the web-based training started
  • Relevant employees identified.

Contribute to the development of communities

Objectives 2013-2015

  • Two community engagement projects per year at production facilities with more than 100 employees.
  • Information on community engagement projects and contributions to be gathered at Group level.

Achievements 2013

  •  Several community engagement projects were started.
  •  Model for tracking has been developed.

Achievements 2013

For goals achieved in 2013 see the Sustainability Report 2013 about sustainable and responsible business.