Electrolux in a changing world
Electrolux and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The SDGs provide the global community with a roadmap on how to combat global challenges related to economic, social and environmental sustainability. The initiative has gained broad acceptance and has encouraged initiatives from businesses and other stakeholders.
At Electrolux, our Sustainability Framework – For the Better – contributes to several of the SDGs. This chapter describes our most relevant SDGs and how we contribute toward them through our Promises.
Our most relevant SDGs
As a sustainability leader in the appliance industry, we believe we can make the greatest contribution in relation to SDGs 2, 8, 12 and 13. These four goals are closely aligned with For the Better as described below. The correlation between the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Electrolux sustainability framework ‘For the Better’ shows that the Group's materiality analysis reflects societal priorities.
SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production
Promoting responsible consumption and production is the most significant SDG for Electrolux. We strive to bring resource-efficient products, manufactured in a sustainable way, to as many people as possible around the world. We have set ambitious targets to reduce the footprint of our products and production, including our suppliers. Additionally, a key focus of our social investment program is sustainable food consumption.
SDG 13 – Climate action
Our action on climate change is reflected in our climate target to halve our CO2 footprint, including product usage, production and transportation. We are committed to achieving science-based emission targets, and have set a new target to increase the proportion of renewable energy used in our operations to 50% by 2025.
SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth
Providing decent work and economic growth is related to our manufacturing operations. Our Workplace Policy sets out decent labor standards as a requirement for our operations and suppliers.
SDG 2 – Zero hunger
Zero hunger is closely associated with our products that enable food storage and reduce food waste, which is particularly important in emerging markets. We also support community projects that for example provide meals to people in need, or train unemployed people to work in a professional kitchen, and thereby help them provide for themselves and their families. Read more in our Promise Be a force for good.
Our other relevant SDGs
We additionally strive to contribute to other SDGs through our solutions, operations and societal engagement.
SGD 3 – Good health and wellbeing
We prioritize health and wellbeing in our operations by promoting health and safety among our employees and contractors. We also provide solutions for healthy and sustainable living for more people. Read more in our Promise Ensure the best health and safety.
SDG 4 – Quality education
The Electrolux Food Foundation and our global partnership Feed the Planet offer vocational education for people in need, raise awareness on sustainable food habits and work with schools around the world.
SDG 5 – Gender equality
We have a particular focus on gender diversity and aim to continuously improve the number of female leaders at all levels. Our social investment projects also often empower women in society. Read more in our Promise Be a force for good.
SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation
We provide a range of water efficient domestic appliances that help to conserve local water resources. Our laundry products promote sanitation in homes, hotels and hospitals. Read more in our Promise Constantly improve product performance and efficiency.
SDG 7 – Affordable and clean energy
We are working to increase our share of energy from renewable sources to 50%. Read more in our Promise Achieve more with less.
Electrolux shapes living for the better by reinventing taste, care and wellbeing experiences that make life more enjoyable and sustainable for millions of people. Through our brands, including Electrolux, AEG and Frigidaire, we sell more than 60 million household and professional products in more than 150 markets every year.
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