Minimising our environmental impact starts with what we can do on a daily basis in our own operations, and through reducing emissions in our customers' industries with our IT solutions and services.
Greenhouse gas emissions
We are continuously examining ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of our activities. Emissions are mainly generated indirectly by energy consumption in data centres and offices as well as by employee travel.
Our aim is to minimise our environmental impact along our value chain. To support this, we have environmental targets focusing on increasing energy efficiency in our offices and data centre, but also reducing the CO2 impact of our business travel. Our overall goal is to reduce the global CO2 emissions of our indirect energy consumption by 50 percent by 2020. In 2017 our indirect market-based CO2 emissions from energy consumption decreased by 44 percent. Here you can find more information about our environmental impact here.
Sustainable IT solutions
Our biggest opportunity to reduce our emissions is through innovative IT solutions and services. According to the Global eSustainability Initiative Smarter 2030 report, the ICT sector can enable a 20 percent reduction of global CO2e (CO2 equivalent) emissions by 2030. And we are certain that we can play an important role in reaching these levels – improving customers’ sustainability as well as benefits society at large.
Digital finance, insurance, trade and accounting solutions all have similar types of environmental and societal benefits. When manual processes are digitalised, efficiency is improved and travel is reduced. At the same time, transparency improves as services like electronic invoicing eliminate grey economy. Consumers are able to make more informed decisions and the availability of service are improved.
Another area where digital solutions have opened new opportunities are within health care. Digital solutions and tools that we deliver are improving everyday life for individuals living at home, through solutions such as digital supervision, positioning alarms and cognitive aids that remind them to take their medication at the right time. More information about our sustainable IT solutions can be found here.
Sustainable supply chain
Our Supplier Sustainability Programme helps to strengthen the implementation and management of our ethical requirements throughout our supply chain. Our procurement policy applies to all our companies and employees in all operating countries, and describes how purchases should be handled. The policy states that our Supplier Code of Conduct shall be implemented in all new supplier contracts. Thus, discussions on ethical and environmental topics are a regular part of our procurement practices. We also conduct self-assessment surveys among prioritised product categories annually to estimate the implementation of the Code, as well as to mitigate risks in our supply chain. More information about how we work with our supply chain can be found here.