Sustainability - is our responsibility
As a global company, we have global responsibilities not just to our shareholders, customers and employees, but to the communities we work in, and the world we leave behind to our children and grandchildren.
Conducting a business sustainably and responsibly is not a matter of choice anymore. It is a must. As it turns out - it is also a key ingredient in the recipe for a company's success. It is therefore the most fundamental part of our company strategy and integrated in everything we do at Elekta.
A program connected to a global agenda
The Agenda 2030 and the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), sets out the pathway to build a better future for everyone. It is vital that each and every player globally takes part and collaborates with other stakeholders including businesses, governments, the civil society and the general public, to make a real difference for a more sustainable future. One actor alone cannot achieve all goals.
We have carefully and strategically analyzed our operations from a value chain perspective and identified our most important sustainability risks and opportunities. As a result, we have built our program for sustainability around four broad focus areas where we deem our efforts to have the biggest impact and through this program, we contribute to 9 of the SDGs.
Top-down and bottom-up
Being a top priority for Elekta, sustainability is overseen at the highest level: the Board of Directors. Social and environmental issues under Compensation and Sustainability Committee and governance, business ethics and integrity-related issues under the Audit Committee.
An integrated approach is key to truly succeed with corporate sustainability. Each of our four focus areas has their own programs and strategic plans for implementation developed together with, and carried out by, the business line organizations, the regions and relevant group functions depending on where it is most appropriate. This way we can ensure effective management and alignment with other strategic initiatives and targets.
To read more about how our Sustainability Program is structured and coordinated, and especially to see what targets we set and report on externally, please visit our Annual Sustainability Report. You can also read about our detailed yearly 2021 carbon emissions report to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
Living our values
The ethical principles in our Code of Conduct are all cornerstones in building a sustainable company. Our sustainability efforts and policies are further guided by leading global standards and principles such as the following:
- the UN Global Compact and its ten principles
- the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and its associated due diligence guidance for responsible business conduct
- the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
- the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- the International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
- the precautionary principle.