We know the actions we take today, in every aspect of our business, affect future generations. That’s why Perstorp regularly examines, follows up and reports on environmental impact. We work constantly to reduce negative effects on the environment in accordance with the company’s commitment to continually improve the sustainability of our business.
Sustainability starts with our employees as a key stakeholder group, and we conducted many initiatives during 2016:
- PMD process – annual employee follow up and assessment according to 10 defined behaviors built on our core values of Reliability, Responsibility and Focused Innovation, along with matters of work-life balance and development activities
- Talent Management Process – future leaders completed a four-day Leading Change Program in 2016 together with the Perstorp Leadership Team, in all approx. 100 people.
- Succession Planning Process – kicked off in 2016 by identifying critical roles in the organization; next step is analyzing the essential skills for each critical role and identifying both short-term successors and long-term successors in alignment with the Talent Management Process
- Leadership Academy program – launched as part of Leading Change, along with continuing our Process Academy
- Mini employee survey – results showed small changes compared to results in 2015; continued high response rate of 92.5%
- Organization and Social Work Environment – training for 89 out of 93 managers in Sweden
- Perstorp Gymnasium – expanded program to also educate and train electricians and automation technicians
- Sustainable HR and Diversity – project kick-off aiming to clarify for employees our stand-point on sustainability from company, leadership and employee perspective
We renewed our commitment to the UN Global compact, supporting the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals. Among these goals, we’ve chosen a few as benchmarks for Perstorp’s long-term sustainability work, driven by the nature of our business and future customer needs. Based on this work, Perstorp will announce new, company-wide sustainability goals in 2017, which will lead to further alignment of our product portfolio with sustainability ambitions.
Other highlights for 2016 include:
- Product Sustainability Index – 60% or our products are now benchmarked according to this metric, which uses product lifecycle assessments, guiding us toward specific improvement activities
- Energy use, water consumption, wastewater, GHG emissions and waste – showed continued performance improvement in 2016 compared to the two prior years
- Life-Saving Rules – roll-out of these rules in 2016 as part of our continued implementation of Responsible Care methodology throughout the organization
- Code of Conduct – updated and re-implemented in nine local languages