Prioritised areas

In our sustainability efforts we have chosen to build on the areas where we have the greatest opportunity to create value and contribute to the reduction of negative environmental impact.

Products for a more sustainable lifestyle

Our product range of more than 15,000 products is where we have the possibility to make the greatest difference from a sustainability perspective. By defining criteria that must be met for ’products for a more sustainable lifestyles’ we are setting the products with significantly enhanced environmental performance apart from comparable products. Accordingly, ‘products for a more sustainable lifestyle’ pertains to an additional level over and above our requirements for quality, product safety as well as labour and environmental standards.

Target: The share of products for a more sustainable lifestyle should at least represent 25 per cent of sales by 2020.

Resource-efficient business models

Our society is shifting slowly from a traditional linear approach to manufacturing, use and waste toward a more circular economy.

To meet the challenge of the circular economy, Clas Ohlson needs to further develop resource-efficient business models. Moving forward, when we have more products for a more sustainable lifestyle, more environmentally-minded customers and more ways to contribute to the recovery of end-of-life products, we will have a reduced negative environmental impact and generated less waste.

TargetDevelopments in the area will be analysed before targets are set.

Being an attractive employer

Today, Clas Ohlson has about 4,800 employees in six countries. We need to both attract new skilled colleagues and develop the skills we have in the company in pace with our expansion. We have to train and develop our employees’ skills, ensure that we focus on health and well-being, and continue to strengthen our leadership. Part of successful leadership includes taking into account diversity issues, since we believe this benefits innovation and helps us to anticipate the needs and challenges of our growing markets.

Target: Employee attendance should exceed 96 per cent.

Energy efficiency

Identifying more efficient transport solutions contributes most to our direct CO2 emissions reductions. We’ll achieve this aim by carrying more of our goods by rail instead of by road and use sea transport instead of air. We also work with reducing energy use in our daily operations – our stores, our warehouses and our offices. As part of our energy saving program, we are switching to more energy-efficient LED lighting in stores.

Target: Reduce emissions of CO2 from transportation of goods in relation to our turnover.

Materials and chemicals in products

Requirements stemming from consumers and legislation regarding chemicals and materials used in products and packaging are becoming increasingly stringent.

We have imposed higher requirements than those set by legislation for textiles and leather products and for products used by children as well as products that come into contact with skin or food.

We work with improving our procedures for managing information about chemicals in our products. We will increase customer confidence through greater transparency.

TargetThe area must be analysed in more detail in order to define long-term goals and indicators.

Human rights, children’s rights and working conditions

Our supply chain comprises 600 manufacturers and 700 suppliers in about 30 countries. Although Clas Ohlson is often a relatively small customer for many of our suppliers, we see that we can make a difference by setting high standards for human rights, labour conditions and children’s rights issues. We can influence and support suppliers in work with human rights and improved working conditions, not least through collaboration with other companies and organisations.

TargetDevelopments in the area will be analysed before targets are set.

Business ethics

We build trust and integrity through responsible actions from each Clas Ohlson employee. A strong corporate culture based on our core values is a good start. In addition, there are structures and policies at the company to support individuals in issues pertaining to business ethics. Our updated Code of Conduct and Code of Business Ethics contain a clear framework for all employees and partners to respond to.

Target: That during the year, all employees in the relevant functions undergo a course in practical guidance regarding business ethics.

The area must be analysed in more detail in order to define long-term goals and indicators.