Contributing to a sustainable and circular society is central to Essity. A healthy society is good for Essity. Based on well-defined areas of responsibility and follow-up, the company ensures that it delivers on established sustainability targets. To tackle increasing sustainability challenges, we also continuously develop our ambitions in dialogue with our stakeholders and external experts.
Essity’s overall objective is to achieve and maintain the company’s economic value creation with respect to social and environmental value creation. We want to improve well-being for people by providing better solutions with a lower impact on the environment. The Board has established a number of sustainability targets that are monitored and reported annually. To ensure that these targets are met, numerous policies and management systems are also in place. Essity’s sustainability governance aims to ensure the Group’s commitments to its stakeholder groups, including customers, consumers, employees, shareholders, suppliers, creditors, decision-makers and representatives of the community. The company’s commitments are expressed in the strategic framework, in objectives and in strategies. We maintain an active and continuous dialogue with our stakeholders to ensure that Essity’s priorities and methods are relevant over time. Sustainability is incorporated throughout Essity’s operations which is why sustainability governance forms an integrated part of the group’s overall corporate governance. Accordingly, sustainability-related matters are an integrated part of all of the meetings conducted by the company’s Board and Executive Management Team, and in the various business units and global units, as well as in Group functions. A number of committees and networks in the company’s various business units contribute insight and seek supplementary expertise from external sources, which ensures uniformity. Essity’s sustainability agenda is pursued from three platforms: Well-being, More from less, and Circularity. In addition, sustainability governance includes Employees and Business ethics and human rights.
A number of committees and networks operate horizontally across the Group’s different business units to guarantee a consistent approach.