Objectives and achievements 2014

The management of Husqvarna Group has identified both long- and short-term objectives to measure progress towards becoming a more sustainable company. New objectives will be developed during 2015.

Develop environmentally sound products

Objectives 2013-2015

  • Develop and implement a roadmap for phasing out hazardous chemicals and substances in products and processes.
  • Implement and apply the concept of environmental design in the product creation process.

Achievements 2014

  • Efforts to phase out hazardous chemicals are a priority. Surveys were sent to suppliers to collect information about chemical content in delivered components. Achievements have been made, e.g. phasing out DEHP, but work remains.
  • Improvements are continually beeing made to reduce products’ environmental impact. Progress has been made, but work remains.

More efficient use of energy and input materials

Objectives 2013-2015

  • Reduce energy consumption by 10 percent per produced equivalent unit and/or added value at production sites.
  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions per ton kilometer from transportation of goods.
  • Implement and maintain ISO 14001 on production facilities with more than 100 employees. The goal is 100 percent, baseline 2012: 88 percent.

Achievements 2014

  • Energy consumption reduction of 3.4 percent, thanks to energy conservation initiatives.
  • Carbon dioxide emissions increased by 11 percent due to larger shipments over longer distances.
  • 92 percent of production facilities with more than 100 employees were certified.

Select suppliers that operate in a responsible manner

Objectives 2013-2015

  • Implement a unified program for risk mapping, supplier evaluation and supplier selection based on Husqvarna Group's Code of Conduct.

Achievements 2014

  • Supplier Code of Business Ethics updated 
  • 10 supplier sustainability audits conducted in China 
  • Training in Environmental, Health and Safety for selected suppliers in China

Reduce workplace accidents to zero

Objectives 2013-2015

  • Reduce number of accidents (measured in lost days) per million hours worked. Baseline 2012:5.1.
  • Implement a unified health and safety management system within the Group.

Achievements 2014

  • The lost workday accident rate improved to 3.8 (4.5).
  • Implemented a unified health and safety management system at all production facilities and most supporting operations.

Contribute to the professional development of each employee

Objectives 2013-2015

  • 80 percent of employees should undergo a performance review. Baseline 2012:67 percent.
  • Employee Satisfaction Index target 85, as measured in the yearly employee survey. Baseline 2012:82.

Achievements 2014

  • Increased to 69 percent (64).
  • Employee Satisfaction Index increased to 84 (79).

Ensure employee adherence to the Code of Conduct

Objectives 2013-2015

  • 100 percent of managers in tier 1-3 to attend web-based training in the Group's Code of Conduct.
  • 100 percent of purchase and sales personnel (i.e. tier 4 or corresponding to the level of key account managers and above) to attend web-based training in Husqvarna Group's Code of Conduct.
  • Include Code of Conduct in the induction program for all new employees.

Achievements 2014

  • Web-based training rolled out to 100% of managers in tier 1-4, with 82% of these having completed the training in 2014.
  • Code of Conduct included in induction programs.

Contribute to the development of communities

Objectives 2013-2015

  • Two community engagement projects per year at production facilities with more than 100 employees.
  • Information on community engagement projects and contributions to be gathered at Group level.

Achievements 2014

  •  A Group-wide cooperation with UNHCR was established. Some 500 chainsaws were donated to people in the Philippines to help them clear the ground and build houses after the typhoon in 2013. 
  • Several local community engagement projects started.
  • Data and stories from biggest sites collected and shared.

Related information

Achievements 2014

For goals achieved in 2014 see the Sustainability Report 2014 about sustainable and responsible business.