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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Implement a unified program for risk mapping, supplier evaluation and supplier selection based on Husqvarna Group's Code of Conduct.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Roll-out of the web-based training started
- Relevant employees identified.
Contribute to the development of communities
- 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.
- Several community engagement projects were started.
- Model for tracking has been developed.