Sustainability Report 2019

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As a world-leader in kitchen appliances, our community investment activities focus on food – in cooperation with employees and local stakeholders.

Our promise

Electrolux will inspire sustainable cooking and eating habits among consumers and professionals and help people in need.
Read more about our progress on this Promise

Roadmap 2015 to 2020

  • Establish and implement a Group approach to community support.
  • Together with our global and local partners, explore possible project models, replicate and scale up, with the aim of maximizing societal impact.

The case for action

Feeding the world's growing population sustainably is one of the greatest challenges of our time. 1.3 billion metric tons of food is wasted every year1), over 820 million people are undernourished2), around 192 million are unemployed3), 2 billion people are overweight4) and 22% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the food sector5).

Our approach

As a world-leader in kitchen appliances, we believe Electrolux has both a responsibility and an opportunity to positively contribute to issues related to cooking and food consumption. For this reason, we focus our community support activities on the area of food.

Our approach aims to strengthen our corporate culture and employee pride in working for a socially responsible employer – while bringing about real community benefit. Electrolux encourages local business units to set up projects together with their employees and key partners.

Electrolux Food Foundation

Action is facilitated through our Electrolux Food Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Electrolux in 2016. The foundation supports and funds local and global Electrolux projects that tackle food related challenges. Its Board reviews applications from local project teams and decides on funding. Electrolux has committed to continue funding the foundation until 2030.

Feed the Planet partnership

For greater impact, Electrolux established a long-term global partnership together with Worldchefs (the world association of chefs' societies) and AIESEC (the world's largest youth organization) in 2016. This partnership supports projects with the combined expertise, skills and resources from all three organizations. Electrolux project teams plan and implement the project together with Worldchefs and AIESEC members, and additional local partners.

The Foundation and the Feed the Planet partnership support projects that do one or more of the following:

  • Educate children, consumers and professionals on sustainable cooking and eating habits, for example through our program 'Food Heroes'.
  • Provide professional culinary training that helps people in need to get a job in a professional kitchen, though our program 'Like a Chef'.
  • Provide sustainability education for students in culinary schools.
  • Support people in need through the donation of meals and equipment, employee engagement and monetary donations.


  • Ensuring all projects deliver real community benefits.
  • Ensuring the needs and expectations of all three partnering organizations are met – Worldchefs, AIESEC and Electrolux.



The progress on our promise 

How we measure progress

  1. Number of people educated (trained and participated).
  2. Donations.
  3. Number of views (social media, website, printed media) and participation in events.

The Electrolux Food Foundation has a roadmap with visionary targets aligned with Agenda 2030. In 2019, we focused our efforts on scaling up successful projects to maximize positive impact - particularly 'Food Heroes' and 'Like a Chef' in different parts of the world. 'Food Heroes' workshops were held in 31 countries, and 'Like a Chef' was established in an additional five locations, bringing the total number of places to eight in six countries. In addition, our partner Worldchefs continued to support culinary schools around the world to implement their seven-day sustainability curriculum, providing the chefs of tomorrow with relevant and necessary awareness and skills.

These projects are all based on the conviction that education is the key to make our food habits more sustainable, aligned with planetary boundaries.

In 2019, Electrolux established a global partnership with the Red Cross in Sweden to introduce a donation platform for our employees worldwide, focusing on support to people struck by natural disaster.

As part of its 100 year anniversary celebrations in 2019, Electrolux communicated its intention to continue the funding of the Electrolux Food Foundation, with a total of SEK 100 million until 2030. The funding in 2019 was in total SEK 10 million, which was used to fund projects, partnerships and central management costs.

In addition to funding the Foundation, the company invested both centrally and at a local level in community programs, including approximately SEK 2.3 million in management costs, SEK 3.6 million in in-kind donations and SEK 2.2 million in cash donations. In total, employees volunteered over 2,300 hours of their time to support local activities.

More details on the targets and results achieved in 2019 are detailed below.

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Inspire people on the topic of sustainable eating and cooking through global and local storytelling on Electrolux Food Foundation’s ongoing projects.

2030 target
Awareness - 2030 target - Achieve 300 million viewership by 2030. (We define viewership as the number of impressions on social media, views on websites and the reach of digital and printed media for the media content produced on the Electrolux Food Foundation and partners' initiatives).

Achieved in 2019

  • Reached an audience of 42 million around the world.
  • 81% of Electrolux employees indicated that they are proud of the way Electrolux demonstrates environmental and social responsibility (Source: Employee Engagement Survey 2019).

Education: Engagement

Make sustainable eating the preferred choice.

2030 target
Engage and inspire 300,000 children, consumers and professionals on sustainable cooking and eating habits by 2030.

Achieved in 2019

  • 31,100 people participated in 'Food Heroes' workshops in 31 countries - from Peru to Malaysia.
  • 276 Electrolux employees, 1,654 AIESEC members and 89 Worldchefs members volunteered an average of 3 working hours delivering 'Food Heroes' workshops.
  • 5,100 people participated in local events in Poland.

Education: Professional training

Make sustainable cooking the preferred choice, while supporting people to enter the labor market.

2030 target
Educate and train over 12,000 people around the world by 2030.

Achieved in 2019

  • Established 'Like a Chef', our ten-week culinary training program for the unemployed, in five additional locations - Egypt, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine and a new location in Brazil.
  • 142 people graduated from 'Like a Chef' programs.
  • The Sustainability Curriculum was implemented in nine culinary schools in Mexico, Jordan, Canada, Ecuador, Namibia, India, South Africa and Malaysia, resulting in 838 students educated during 2019.


Support people in need.

2030 target
Provide three million people with meals and other support by 2030.

Achieved in 2019

  • 306,000 people were provided with meals and other support, through aid organizations, mainly through our local projects at Electrolux in North America and Australia.

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Next steps

Roadmap 2015 to 2020Next stepsStatus 
Establish and implement a Group approach to community support.The Group approach is in place, including 2030 targets. dot2
Together with our global and local partners, explore possible project models, replicate and scale up, with the aim of maximizing societal impact.

Continue to replicate, scale up and develop our programs:

  • Education on sustainable cooking and eating habits.
  • Professional culinary training for the unemployed.
  • Sustainability education in the culinary field.
  • Support to people in need.

The next steps towards 2030 will be announced in the 2020 report.

On track

Additional effort is required 

Off track

Work has not yet begun


Electrolux is a leading global appliance company that has shaped living for the better for more than 100 years. We reinvent taste, care and wellbeing experiences for millions of people around the world, always striving to be at the forefront of sustainability in society through our solutions and operations. Under our brands, including Electrolux, AEG and Frigidaire, we sell approximately 60 million household products in approximately 120 markets every year. In 2019 Electrolux had sales of SEK 119 billion and employed 49,000 people around the world.

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