Sustainability in everything we do

The vision for Ahlsell's sustainability initiative is to be the industry leader in the Nordic market. Through our work on sustainability, which is based on the Code of Conduct, we aim to fulfil our promise to make it easier to act professionally.

Our Code of Conduct is based on the UN Global Compact (which we have also signed), the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related UN conventions, ILO Core Conventions and the OECD guidelines for multinational companies. The content and priorities of our sustainability strategy for 2017–2020 are based on a materiality analysis of Ahlsell’s risks, opportunities and environmental aspects, as well as on a dialogue with our stakeholders. This dialogue is conducted in conjunction with our annual sustainability report. The sustainability report and GRI Index are integrated into Ahlsell's annual report

Our core values provide a platform for the work on sustainability – namely accountability, transparency and simplicity. They are the foundation of everything we do.

UN Global Goals

Ahlsell's strategies and objectives are moreover linked to the UN’s seventeen global sustainability goals. To ensure our work is as productive as possible, we have chosen to focus on four of these seventeen goals. The UN’s four goals are then connected to four of our own focus areas. Within this carefully applied structure, we are able to devote our energies where Ahlsell's business can have its most significant impact and therefore the greatest opportunity to make a difference.

Our focus areas

The four focus areas of our sustainability strategy are Responsible Sourcing, Innovation & Collaboration, Tackle Climate change and Health & Safety. These reflect Ahlsell’s risks and opportunities and include those areas where we have the greatest potential for contributing to sustainable development.


Sustainability goals – state of play in 2017

A cornerstone of our work on sustainability in terms of ensuring that we are on the right track towards our defined goals is following up the activities carried out. Through constant monitoring, expanding our knowledge and developing new sustainability technologies, we can ensure that these goals continue to be relevant. Where they are not, they can be adjusted based on new knowledge and analysis.

Our goals - state of play in 2017