Those that will lead the transition to sustainable and innovative supply chains must be willing to push the boundaries of technology in their operations. Many well-established and emerging technologies will define the next few decades of supply chain management, such as IoT, AI, predictive analytics, and revolutionary new production processes that improve sustainability exponentially.
Essity has a long history of innovation in our production and products, leading through digitalization, utilizing dynamic planning at our Supply Chain Center of Excellence in Barcelona, and supporting research institutes such as AI Sweden, of which we are a founding partner.
We are also pioneering groundbreaking new concepts and processes for sustainable tissue manufacturing, including utilizing alternative fibers like wheat straw and piloting new CO2-free production processes partnering with technology company Voith to develop a new way of producing hygiene products to reduce water consumption by up to 95% - and we are also pioneering the use of green hydrogen instead of natural gas in paper making process.
Beyond innovating new technologies, sustainability and safety in the supply chain starts with the individuals who are a part of it. Improving occupational safety and health at work are vital to a thriving supply chain and a supportive work environment, and programs that put these factors first will lead the change.
Essity’s I Care commitment to employees is a cultural journey towards a safe and healthy work environment that fosters growth, development, and well-being. Our commitment to ethical behavior and sustainable practices is deeply ingrained in our culture, and we seek to establish long-lasting relationships built on trust, collaboration, and respect with our employees, customers, and stakeholders.