Sustainability Journey

The road to greater social responsibility

Join us on our journey to become Scandinavia's most sustainable distributor of polymers.

Sustainability Journey

Our aim is to promote circular solutions and the sustainable use of resources in the plastics industry. We want to be transparent and show every step we take towards the goal of becoming more sustainable. To achieve our goal we work with the sub-goals Environment, Human Rights, Business Ethics, Work Environment, Customer and Society. These are sustainability areas that are directly linked to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development in Agenda 2030 and to ISO 26000 - the world's largest standard for sustainable business.
Click to read more about each topic and see what's already been done and what's on the to-do list for the coming years.

Environment

Used correctly, plastic is an important and valuable material. It is how we produce, consume and handle plastic that can contribute to environmental problems. For obvious reasons, it is in this area that we have the most items on the to-do list in our sustainability work. But it is also in the environmental field that we have already achieved the most.

What we can and should do: Prevent pollution / Protect the climate / Promote circular solutions and sustainable use of resources

Preventing pollution / Working for the climate

What we do

We are members of the Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS) program, which works to help companies manage pellet leakage through key recommendations. We have also encouraged our partners to become members, if they are not already.
From 2022, we will measure the emissions of our transport. Then we can monitor over time whether we are improving. Customers can also get data on "their" transport.
We already drive almost exclusively with full cars when we pick up material from the continent, in order to transport as much weight as possible per transport/truck.
We work with local warehouses for smaller deliveries/orders.
We will switch to electric cars when we change company cars in the future.
We have access to electric car charging for all employees.
What little waste we produce, we make sure it is recycled properly.
Carriers choose boat/train over road when this option is available.

What we should/can do

Develop/evaluate a policy on business travel and what means of transport we should use when we are not using a company car. We will also look at what hotels we stay in, conferences we book etc.
Encourage our property owners to buy green electricity.
Evaluate what the concept of green transport means to us and whether we should offer it to our customers.
Evaluate whether we should offset our transport costs.
Decide whether we should state the exact CO2 emissions on the invoice, for example.
Use order acknowledgement and/or invoice to communicate what we can offer in terms of carbon offsetting, emissions, green transport, etc.
The total amount of emissions must be measured.

Promoting circular solutions and sustainable use of resources

What we do

We have developed a deposit system - RETURN, where we undertake to buy back all the materials we sell to our customers.
Focus on increasing volumes of recycled materials sold.
We are developing the portfolio of recycled materials and producers we work with.
We inform customers about the benefits of recycled materials.
We have started to buy back packaging (pallets, material bags, etc.) left over from our materials, to ensure that they are recycled and used in new products. We take responsibility from start to finish - not only for the product, but also the packaging.
We offer to help customers with their production waste if needed/requested. We grind it down, granulate (if needed) and put it back on the market so the material can go into new products.
We discuss a lot internally about the importance of circularity and sustainability.
To clarify our focus on sustainability, we have created Esvama Circular Solutions.
We support Svensk Plast financially. They work to increase knowledge about plastic as a material.

What we should/can do

Develop/evaluate a policy on business travel and what means of transport we should use when we are not using a company car. We will also look at what hotels we stay in, conferences we book etc.
Encourage our property owners to buy green electricity.
Evaluate what the concept of green transport means to us and whether we should offer it to our customers.
Develop a calculator for the environmental impact of the different materials.
Continue to build on our knowledge base of recycled materials and the processes behind them.
Recycled materials should always be a focus area for us.
Disseminate knowledge in the community, such as visiting schools and participating in public debate.
The breakdown in kg sold between recycled, NTP/OG and virgin material shall be quantified.
Measure the total amount of material we help to recycle.

Human rights

Human rights are the starting point for everything we do and the cornerstone of our actions and operations. For us in the West, human rights can be seen as something that only concerns developing countries. But there is much to be done here, for all countries and companies. Throughout the value chain - from the first subcontractor to the final customer, we can and should have an impact.

In our document The Esvama Commitment, we have developed internal guidance on how to act in several of these areas. We use the document as a basis for ensuring that our suppliers comply with applicable requirements and laws. We do this by obtaining their CSR policies or other governance documents. Suppliers with CSR policies and similar documents are given priority over those without.

What we can and should do: Safeguard human rights / Promote equality, equity and diversity / Avoid complicity / Address grievances / Identify risk situations / Safeguard fundamental principles and rights at work

Protecting human rights

What we do

We adhere to internationally recognised human and labour rights and standards, and these must be applied to all our employees.
We do not tolerate discrimination against anyone on the basis of their ethnicity, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political opinions, family status, social origin or any other such characteristic.
We do not accept any form of harassment including violence, sexual harassment, punishment or abuse of any kind.
We do not allow forced or child labour.
We respect the right of our employees to organise, to join or not join associations and unions, and to bargain collectively with the company. Where necessary, we seek to facilitate other forms of employee representation.

Promoting healthy working conditions

What we do

Freedom under responsibility and flexibility, both in terms of time and place of work. This enables a better life balance for employees.
Trust in employees, greater commitment in return. Our employee survey shows that this is appreciated.
We care about building the team and giving employees that "little bit extra". It makes work more fun, which in turn makes it sustainable. We have team building days, Christmas and summer parties and similar activities.
We have policies in place and an employee survey that manages working conditions and measures our employees' well-being.
We offer other benefits, such as a wellness allowance and massage, and regularly provide lunch.
We have regular staff meetings to ensure that employees' wishes, requirements and expectations are known - and vice versa.

Promoting equality, equity and diversity

What we do

We strive to reflect the communities in which we operate. Our differences allow us to explore different perspectives and challenge our thinking, contributing to better decision-making.
Diversity for us means different aspects of diversity including gender, age, skills, experience, culture and personality.

Avoiding complicity

What we do

We ensure that we are not directly, indirectly or passively complicit in human rights abuses.
We refrain from taking advantage of someone else violating our rights and dare to speak out and influence if they do.

Handling grievances

What we do

We have mechanisms in place to quickly detect and address any misconduct, and ensure it doesn't happen again.

Identifying risk situations

What we do

We keep an extra eye on human rights in situations where the risk of violating them increases. For example, when we trade with companies in countries that do not share our view of human rights, or when our operations use resources that may compete with people's need for clean water or other means of a decent life.
We want to be a positive force for the protection of human rights by offering solutions in these situations.

Safeguarding fundamental principles and rights at work

What we do

We ensure that our employees and the employees of our suppliers have humane working conditions.
We do not tolerate forced or child labour.

Business ethics

Business ethics are about how we conduct our business, our responsibilities as entrepreneurs, our impact, ethical conduct and respect for the law.

In our document The Esvama Commitment, we have developed internal guidance on how to act in several of these areas. We use the document as a basis for ensuring that our suppliers comply with applicable requirements and laws. We do this by obtaining their CSR policies or other governance documents. Suppliers with CSR policies and similar documents are given priority over those without.

What we can and should do: Fight corruption / Participate responsibly in politics / Compete on a level playing field / Promote a sustainable value chain

Compete on a level playing field

What we do

We support free and fair competition in the market. It is in our interest and benefits society as a whole.
We believe that all companies should be able to trade and compete with us as they wish, as long as they follow local laws and regulations just as we do.
We are never involved in setting prices artificially high or low, or participating in other practices or agreements that restrict competition.
We do not exchange confidential information with competitors.

Working towards a sustainable value chain

What we do

We make sure that what is purchased for the company comes from businesses that are also sustainable and that protect human rights, the environment and society at large.
We ensure that products can be traced if problems arise and that everyone involved can act responsibly.

Responsibility for our suppliers

What we do

We encourage our suppliers to act according to the same ethical and social guidelines as we do, and to maintain the same high quality standards.
We expect our suppliers not to accept corruption, and to comply with relevant environmental, human rights and labour legislation.
We encourage our suppliers to implement measures to ensure that their products and services have as little negative impact on the environment as possible, and do not adversely affect human health and society.
We encourage suppliers to implement certifiable quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management systems.
We regularly monitor suppliers' sustainability performance. Failure to meet our requirements may result in requests for improvement or termination of the collaboration.

Quality and product responsibility

What we do

We will always meet our customers' requirements, needs and expectations by delivering services and products of the right quality.
Our products must meet agreed, legal and health standards in terms of use.
The information on how to use the products must be correct and clear.
We work systematically. Certified quality management systems according to ISO 9001, and/or industry-specific certification systems, should be in place at suppliers where relevant.

Working environment

Our work environment management is about working together to create a safe and secure workplace for everyone, with an approach that is proactive and long-term.

In our document The Esvama Commitment, we have developed internal guidance on how to act in several of these areas. We use the document as a basis for ensuring that our suppliers comply with applicable requirements and laws. We do this by obtaining their CSR policies or other governance documents. Suppliers with CSR policies and similar documents are given priority over those without.

We work in the following areas: promoting secure employment and employment conditions / promoting healthy working conditions / promoting dialogue and openness at work / promoting good health at work / promoting personal development at work

Promoting secure employment and employment conditions

What we do

We offer terms and conditions for our employees that go far beyond what is required by law.
We act transparently towards our employees and inform them about the activities and situation of the company. This provides greater security.

What we should/can do

Investigate/clarify whether our suppliers offer secure employment and employment relationships, according to applicable requirements/laws. This is done by obtaining their CSR policy, or other documents dealing with the working environment. Suppliers who do not have a CSR policy or similar governance document should be given lower priority than those who do.

Promoting healthy working conditions

What we do

Freedom under responsibility and flexibility, both in terms of time and place of work. This enables a better life balance for employees.
Trust in employees, greater commitment in return. Our employee survey shows that this is appreciated.
We care about building the team and giving employees that "little bit extra". It makes work more fun, which in turn makes it sustainable. We have team building days, Christmas and summer parties and similar activities.
We have policies in place and an employee survey that manages working conditions and measures our employees' well-being.
We offer other benefits, such as a wellness allowance and massage, and regularly provide lunch.
We have regular staff meetings to ensure that employees' wishes, requirements and expectations are known - and vice versa.

What we should/can do

Investigate/clarify whether our suppliers offer healthy working conditions, in accordance with applicable requirements/laws. This is done by obtaining their CSR policy, or other documents dealing with working conditions. Suppliers that do not have a CSR policy or similar governance document should be given lower priority than those that do.

Promote dialogue and openness at work

What we do

We are open and transparent and provide continuous information about our activities, vision and goals.
We are responsive to each other and to ideas that come in.
We have an open and permissive climate, with employees who are coached and supported.
We have Monday meetings, with the opportunity for both management and staff to raise issues.
We have open doors.
We listen to employees, see what their needs are and address them. One of the ways we do this is through employee reviews.
We are proactive and dare to hire before capacity reaches its peak.
The ISO 9001 quality system helps us to work in a structured way and according to given processes - also with regard to our employees and their needs.
We dare to question routines and create best practice.

What we should/can do

Our employees will continue to be given the space to "do their thing" within a given framework. This promotes personal development, contributes to a deeper dialogue and requires openness.

Promoting good health in the workplace

What we do

We have a wellness allowance, massages, and the opportunity to train for an extra week's holiday.
We have safety rounds to ensure a good physical working environment.
We have new, fresh premises.
In the case of teleworking, we support the costs of ergonomic adjustments etc.

What we should/can do

To promote the company culture, we will develop values that we can implement in our business.
In order to keep absenteeism low and to prevent, avoid or shorten sick leave, we collect information on the risks of ill health, the causes of sick leave, and the frequency and extent of it.

Promoting personal development in the workplace

What we do

We offer and encourage all employees to attend courses/trainings. As long as it adds expertise to their areas of work, we are always supportive.
We capture what employees want and need, both through structured appraisal interviews and in more informal settings.
We have annual employee reviews (according to ISO 9001).
Monitoring of training and competences. Everything is recorded in our quality system.
We involve our employees in sustainability work and make them aware of the importance of a sustainable society and the circular use of resources.

What we should/can do

Measure the number of trainings/courses conducted annually.

Customers

Customers need factual, unbiased information to make informed, sustainable choices. It is therefore important for us to work with clarity and transparency in all communication.

We focus on these areas: promoting good marketing, information and contractual practices / promoting safe products and services / promoting sustainable consumption / protecting customers' personal data and privacy

Promote good marketing, information and contractual practices

What we do

Contracts: we always send sales and purchase orders for all materials we buy and sell. For all major expenditures we have written contracts.
Information: we contribute primarily to the public debate through organisations such as SPIF and Svensk Plast. They try to convey the positive properties of plastics and to nuance the general debate on plastics, based on the available research (LCA analyses, etc.).
Marketing: we work with a marketing agency and we never promise more than we can deliver. When we market our products, we stick to the facts.

What we should/can do

We will inform our customers about the environmental impact of their purchases from us (emissions from transport and materials).
We will develop a calculator that can show the total CO2 impact of different materials.

Promoting safe products and services

What we do

Traceability: all materials in new products that we sell are 100% traceable. There is always a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) and the materials are REACH registered. There are no exceptions.
As for Near to Prime (NTP), off grade (OG) and recycled materials, there is no CoA and therefore not the same traceability. Therefore, we are always clear that it is NTP/OG or recycled material that the customer buys so they use the material in applications that are suitable for that particular purpose.
Regardless of whether it is new or not, the customer always receives information about the properties of the material that are known (e.g. mfi, density, etc.).
MSDS/SDS (Safety Data Sheets) are available for all materials.

What we should/can do

Measure complaints from customers.

Promoting sustainable consumption

What we do

We believe that, more often than not, plastic is the best material choice for a sustainable future. This is based on all the LCA analyses that have been carried out and where the facts show just that.
One of the main characteristics of plastic is that it can be easily recycled, and this is where society needs to take big steps. We need to be better at collecting plastic (instead of littering) and the plastic we do collect needs to be managed so that as much of it as possible can be reused and not just incinerated. To help achieve this, we have developed the RETURN deposit scheme - where we put a value on the plastic we sell to increase the incentive to collect and recycle.
We help/encourage customers to recycle material they cannot/won't dispose of themselves, by milling and regranulating it.

What we should/can do

Contribute more to the social debate on plastics.
Creating activities to raise awareness of plastic as a material and how we can reuse it instead of littering.
Build our brand Esvama Circular Solutions and use it in the debate/promotion.
With the "Sustainability Journey" we will act transparently towards our stakeholders - where everyone can follow our progress and hopefully see the benefits of plastic when we can show good examples.

Protecting customers' personal data and privacy

What we do

GDPR. We have a policy that clearly governs this.
Server/IT. We work with a cloud-based server where the service provider ensures adequate protection. This is also reviewed on an ongoing basis by our IT provider. VPN is used for remote connections.
Microsoft 365. We have two-factor authentication.

Society

Contrary to popular belief, many analyses show that plastic is often the best material choice for a sustainable future. One of the main characteristics of plastic is that it can be easily recycled, and this is where society needs to take big steps. Here we have an important mission to engage, inform and contribute to the social debate.

We focus on: engaging with the local community / promoting jobs and skills development in the community / encouraging local entrepreneurship

Engaging in the local community

What we do

We sponsor local sports clubs...

What we should/can do

Create littering/collection activities with the school.
Lecture/tell about plastics as a construction material.
Work more with sponsorship.

Promoting jobs and skills development in the community

What we do

We give our employees the opportunity to attend courses/trainings that are in line with their profession. This enhances their skills and thus the benefit to society.

What we should/can do

We aim to grow and hope to employ people both locally and in other countries in the markets in which we operate.
Measure the number of courses/trainings.

Encouraging local entrepreneurship

What we do

We sponsor the local business association (HPCS).
We buy Christmas and summer gifts for our customers and suppliers from local businesses.
When we can, we choose to work with local companies (e.g. IT, Vianor).

What we should/can do

Work more locally.
Review the possibility of supporting UF activities in secondary schools.