Sustainability is integral to our corporate strategy
Taking responsibility for people and the environment is an integral part of NIBE’s corporate strategy. Our overarching goal is to create profitable growth and value added for our stakeholders. To ensure the long-term sustainability of this objective, we never compromise on issues relating to the environment, product quality, working conditions and our corporate social responsibility. Sustainability is firmly rooted in the NIBE Group’s long and proud tradition of responsible entrepreneurship.
NIBE’s strategy for sustainable development includes the following key areas:
“Our Values” is a document that lays down guidelines and defines a code of conduct for responsible entrepreneurship. Available in 14 languages, “Our Values” forms a framework for all our business operations and applies equally to all NIBE employees, wherever they are in the world. Everyone employed by the NIBE Group received their own copy in 2012. Issues relating to the natural and working environments, quality and communication are also covered by our corporate policies.
Certified management systems
Quality management and environmental management work are carried out within the framework of the certified international systems ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for quality and environmental management respectively (where compliance in both cases is compulsory for all manufacturing units), and, when so required by customers, in accordance with the occupational health and safety standard, OHSAS 18001.
NIBE complies with all current legal requirements relating to the natural and working environments, product safety and market communication.
There are both opportunities and risks associated with issues relating to sustainable development. To minimise risks we adopt a proactive approach, systematically analysing the risks inherent in areas such as the natural environment, the working environment and quality, taking the necessary technical measures, and training those concerned where necessary.
We report our sustainability performance in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The results are published on the Group’s website.
Our activities impact in different ways on different types of stakeholder. One important part of our sustainability work is to be receptive to the wishes and opinions of others and to make our information as clear and transparent as possible. At Group level we communicate with the capital markets and mass media. At individual company level, we communicate with customers, suppliers, local authorities and the company’s near neighbours.