/ BECOMING A SUSTAINABLE COMPANY REQUIRES A FIRM FOUNDATION – WHICH IS WHAT ERIKS HAS BEEN CREATING OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS.
Although every ERIKS employee has a part to play in making us the world’s most sustainable industrial provider, our Sustainability Champions and Sustainability Ambassadors are the two key roles.
There is now one Champion per ERIKS region, who is able to instigate and adopt sustainability initiatives and drive them forward. In 2016, we achieved our goal of these Sustainability Champions dedicating 20% of their time to the topic, rather than finding time in addition to their other roles. With sustainability targets ranging from employee wellbeing to energy emissions, a broad variety of skills and knowledge is essential. During 2016 newly-recruited to work alongside the Champions are the Sustainability Ambassadors. These are people – one per country in which ERIKS operates – with a particular interest in sustainability, but with no time officially allocated to working on it.
The year 2016 also saw an increase in the number of people attending sustainability-related meetings, and of people becoming involved in promoting sustainability in their own areas. To engage more individuals to help drive progress, the Sustainability Champions have started in the process of creating Regional Sustainability Committees. In addition, 12 Champions and Ambassadors from across our global organization form the Group Sustainability Committee. This committee holds a virtual meeting every month and meets up twice a year face-to-face.
Within each region, Sustainability Champions report to their Regional Board – demonstrating the high-level interest in and support for the topic.
Two Sustainability Conferences took place in 2016, in addition the Safety Conferences in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
At the April conference, a successful entrepreneurial company called ‘Aim for the Moon’ talked about the effective ways they have developed to getting more people involved and to brainstorm for new ideas. Our Champions learned more about applying these techniques in their own regions to create interest and encourage new initiatives. December’s conference came just as the Materiality Analysis and targets were finalized, so the focus was on developing action plans to help us meet the targets.
An online dashboard was also launched, which will allow our Champions to record and interrogate sustainability data. This will also help improve our environmental data reporting.