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Munters has committed since 2018 to report in accordance with the ten principles of the UN Global Compact’s on human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption.
In 2015, the UN agreed on 17 global goals, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goals are designed to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Through its worldwide operations, high ethical standards, and energyefficient climate solutions, Munters contributes to the following global goals and objectives. In certain areas, we also have a negative impact, which we outline below.
Target 2.4 By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.
Goal 2 aims to end hunger, achieve food security, and improve nutrition as well as promote sustainable agriculture. According to the UN, by promoting sustainable agriculture with modern technologies and fair distribution systems, we can make sure that nobody will ever suffer from hunger again. The UN target is to ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production by 2030.
Munters contributes to this goal by developing and manufacturing energy-efficient climate control systems for farming. Our offering encompasses solutions for a broad range of farming segments, from livestock and egg production to milk farms and greenhouses. Munters solutions provide optimal product quality at the same time as they conserve energy and increase productivity.
Enhanced food production might lead to an increase in the consumption of meat which may cause a negative climate impact.
Target 5.5 Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.
Goal 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. We are convinced that diversity leads to greater innovation and higher profitability. That is why we strive to increase the proportion of women employees and leaders within Munters. To further demonstrate our commitment to ensuring equal opportunities for women, we have joined the UN’s Target Gender Equality initiative, a yearlong accelerator program for participating companies in the UN Global Compact. The goal of the program is to set and achieve ambitious business goals for women’s representation and leadership, starting with the board and management levels.
Target 6.4 By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity.
Target 6.5 By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate.
Goal 6 aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. The UN’s objective includes improving water quality and substantially increasing water use efficiency in all sectors by 2030.
Munters’ products use less or no water in the processes in which they are installed. This is a key competitive feature, primarily in the agriculture and data center segments. Munters also provides applications for corrosion prevention of water treatment plants and water purification facilities.
Munters uses water in its production processes and strive to reduce water consumption in its own production processes. We also separate chemicals and particles in the wastewater from our plants.
Target 7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
Target 7.3 Double the improvement in energy efficiency.
Goal 7 aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. This means that we must change the way we produce and consume energy and implement renewable energy solutions as fast as possible to counter climate change.
This is a key area for Munters where we make a significant contribution through our business offering and own operations. One of our most important sales arguments is that Munters’ products are energy-efficient and support customers to reduce their own energy consumption, which is important for customers in all segments. Munters products and Service offerings also contribute to our customers’ increased energy efficiency thanks to their high quality and long service life.
In addition, one of our main business segments is the production of lithium batteries used in electric cars which is crucial in reducing CO2 emissions and counteracting climate change.
Munters contributes to combating climate change by striving for net zero emissions from our operations by 2030. To achieve this, one of our key priorities is to continuously reduce our electricity consumption and increase the proportion of electricity from renewable sources in our production units. Through our internal guidelines for company vehicles we strive to reduce the proportion of petrol-powered vehicles and gradually increase the proportion of electric vehicles.
Munters can have a negative impact to the goal through its primary parts of the value chain where it cannot control the use of, for example, transports to suppliers and subcontractors. To mitigate this effect and get a better understanding of its impact, Munters has in 2021 initiated a groupwide project to calculate its indirect CO2 emissions according to the GHG protocol scope 3.
Target 8.1 Sustain per capita economic growth in accordance with national circumstances and, in particular, at least 7 per cent gross domestic product growth per annum in the least developed countries.
Target 8.2 Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labor-intensive sectors.
Target 8.7 Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers and, by 2025, end child labour in all its forms.
Target 8.8 Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.
Goal 8 aims to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
As a signatory to the UN Global Compact, Munters has committed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. To be a preferred employer and ensure high employee motivation, the safety and well-being for our employees is of the highest priority. In Munters, we have zero tolerance for work-related accidents and work to continuously improve safety at our sites. We also contribute to Goal 8 by requiring our major suppliers to commit to the ten principles of the UN Global Compact by signing our Code of Conduct.
By running a profitable and sustainable business, Munters creates jobs in large parts of the world and also in less developed countries. Munters is aware of the risks of operating in certain parts of the world. Therefore, the work against trafficking and modern slavery is a priority for Munters and the company also pursues the issue with suppliers and subcontractors.
In certain countries the risks of disregarded safety in workplace are higher because of lower safety awareness. Munters work proactively throughout the whole group to increase awareness and continuously improve routines and processes to minimize the risk of workplace accidents.
Target 9.4 By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities.
Target 9.5 Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending.
Goal 9 aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. The goal is to upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes by 2030.
At Munters, we contribute by reducing our own environmental impact through energyand resource-efficient production facilities. We also provide innovative solutions for our customers, which improve their resource use efficiency and make their industrial processes more environmentally friendly.
Innovation is one of Munters’ strategic priorities and our focus is on continued investments in our core technologies, solutions and digitalization, in order to optimize our product portfolio and our innovation and production technology. In this way, we will continue to be at the forefront of the industry development and contribute to more sustainable development through our energy- and resource-efficient climate solutions.
Target 10.3 Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard.
As a signatory to the UN Global Compact and with a corporate culture characterized by equal treatment and equal opportunities for all as well as fair remuneration, Munters contributes to Goal 10.
Munters commitment to the UN Global Compact’s principles are included in the Group wide Code of Conduct which is mandatory for all employees and managers to follow. By performing regularly surveys on employees’ engagement and experiences, as well as having a corporate culture characterized by openness and transparency, we want to secure a non-discriminatory workplace where everyone is treated fair and with respect. Our aim to improve gender representations across the group is also a key contribution to secure reduced inequalities.
Munters provides an external, independent, whistleblower function to capture potential breaches to our code of conduct.
Target 12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
Target 12.4 By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.
Target 12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
Goal 12 aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns to learn how to use and produce in sustainable ways that will reverse the harm that we have inflicted on the planet. As a signatory to the UN Global Compact, Munters complies with the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development which we also require our major suppliers and sub-suppliers to do. Sustainability is an integrated part of our business strategy, and we report annually and quarterly on our progress within the area of sustainability.
At Munters, we constantly strive to minimize our environmental impact and apply sustainability practices. We also work to reduce the waste generated by our production facilities and increase the recycling rate, which we do through systematic quality work. When developing new products and solutions, we proactively choose those that will have a positive impact on our customers’ and our own use of natural resources.
In the primary parts of the value chain, it is more of a challenge to control the use of for example waste etc. Munters perform audits among its larger suppliers to ensure that they follow Munters code of conduct.
Target 13.3 Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.
Climate change is affecting every country in the world. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives and livelihoods, especially for the most vulnerable. Goal 13 aims for everyone to take urgent action to tackle climate change and its impacts.
Climate change is one of Munters’ most important sustainability areas. Munters has set a goal of having net-zero emissions from its operations by 2030. To achieve this goal, Munters works actively to reduce its climate footprint in all parts of its operations and thereby affects local markets through its processes and requirements. Munters also contributes to raising awareness among employees, customers, and suppliers about the importance of reducing their climate impact.
Munters contributes negatively to the target both directly and indirectly through consumption of non-renewable energy in different parts of the value chain.
Target 16.5 Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms.
Goal 16 aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels. The UN states that compassion and a strong moral compass is essential to every democratic society.
At Munters, we strongly believe that this is also a necessity for companies that strive to create sustainable shareholder value. We follow the UN Convention Against Corruption and require everyone in the company, including the board as well as suppliers and subcontractors, to comply to Munters’ Code of Conduct. Munters has zero tolerance for bribes and has an anonymous whistleblower function that is operated by an independent external part.
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