The SDGs provide the global community with a roadmap on how to combat global challenges related to economic, social and environmental sustainability. The Björn Borg sustainability framework contributes to several of the SDGs, but some more than others. This is how and where we see that we have the largest impact.
SDG 12 – RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
This is the most important SDG for Björn Borg. In fact, it summarises a big part of our sustainability work. Almost everything we do can be linked to this goal: the usage of sustainable materials and production techniques; the control and follow-up of our code of conduct and sustainability policies for the respect of human rights and our environment: sourcing better and fewer chemicals through restrictions and controls; our work for transparency in the supply chain; the facilitation of, and information around, recycling of packaging and products; structured routine and reporting within the organisation as well as labelling of, and raising awareness about, sustainable products.
SDG 13 – CLIMATE ACTION
In 2014, we set a goal to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in a 42% reduction by 2019. In 2020, we committed to decreasing our GHG emissions by another 30% by 2030 as part of the United Nations Climate Action in Fashion Initiative through the Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action (STICA). We work actively with improved efficiency throughout the supply chain for long-lasting products manufactured in a sustainable way; we invest in environmental performance and training programs in our own organisation and throughout our supply chain; we have implemented materials derived from for instance sustainable tree farms, coffee grinds, and recycled PET, and work actively with lowering our transport emissions in all parts of the business.
SDG 8 – PROMOTE SUSTAINED, INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH, FULL AND PRODUCTIVE EMPLOYMENT AND DECENT WORK FOR ALL
We work persistently to improve resource efficiency in our own production, but also in consumption through better designs, better qualities, and recyclable products to contribute to a longer product lifespan. With better planning and digitalisation, we can achieve more efficient usage of raw materials and achieve cost-effectiveness in different parts of the supply chain. Through our code of conduct and policies, and regular controls thereof, we take active measures to eradicate forced and child labour, to protect labour rights, and promote a safe and secure working environment as well as fair wages for every person working for us – no matter where in the world.
SDG 3 – GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Stress, work environment and work safety are important areas not only within our supply chain but also among our own staff and all full-time employees have access to healthcare. A healthy work/life balance is at the core of our company values and healthy living with regular training is part of it. It is our conviction that training will make you not only healthier but also mentally stronger, more balanced and more efficient. Each and every individual working for us should feel safe and well treated. We supervise the following of the REACH regulations around chemicals for personal safety and environmental hazards. Our products should be safe for both people and nature. By following our code of conduct, our suppliers follow social requirements according to UN Global Compact.
SDG 16 – PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS
Through our code of conduct for suppliers and through our own internal code of conduct, we oversee and enforce a safe, healthy and equal workplace environment to detect possible occurrences of human rights abuse, corruption or embezzlement. We do everything that we can to make sure that our business is free of child labour and any type of forced labour. We run a transparent business where we promote a culture where anyone within or outside the company feels safe and is encouraged to act and report any wrongdoing related to our operations. Our whistleblowing system can be used by anyone inside or outside Björn Borg’s organisation.