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CEO Klas Forsström on sustainability

Why is sustainability important to Munters?

Sustainability is the core of our business at Munters.

Our products and solutions contribute to a healthier planet by creating the perfect indoor climate for animals and plants and by supporting manufacturing companies to create tomorrow's technologies, such as electric car batteries.

Previously, we had a separate agenda for our sustainability work. However, last year we decided to integrate it into our business strategy.

Based on our five strategic priorities, a stakeholder analysis and risk assessment, we identified several areas that are crucial for us to work with to secure a thriving business in the future.

What does sustainability mean to Munters?

Sustainability at Munters is so much more than providing the best products and solutions from an environmental point of view. It is also about how we conduct our business and support our employees in their roles and the communities in which we operate.

What are some of the challenges Munters faces ahead?

We have set an ambitious emission reduction goal for 2030. By then, we want to achieve net-zero emissions from our operations. This means that we must drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions (i.e., electricity from non-renewable sources and fossil fuels) from our factories, offices, and vehicles.

But we want to go even further.

We also want to reduce our indirect emissions, i.e. emissions that our suppliers generate by producing the material we use in our products, including emissions from our transport and our customers when they use our products.

Last year, we had several workshops with a selected group of managers to identify what the indirect emissions are and to discuss how to measure and reduce them in the best way. It is a huge project that will require cooperation between all of us at Munters, but it is an initiative that will have a positive impact on all parts of our business, from purchasing and innovation to the production of our products and transportation.

Why is it important to be a responsible business?

Compliance with laws and regulations is the basis for an ethical and sustainable business. By always acting ethically and correctly, we become credible and build strong relationships with our customers. This creates opportunities for fruitful collaboration and profitable business. If we compromise on this, we will not be able to survive and thrive in the future. I have zero tolerance for behavior that does not conform to our code of conduct.

An important part of our work is to ensure that our partners and suppliers sign our code of conduct. A routine dialogue with our partners on issues such as child labor and the use of sustainable material provides several advantages and opportunities for in-depth, long-term relationships and prevents risk.

How does Munters work with diversity and safety?

We are convinced that diversity provides us with different perspectives and valuable insights that improve our company and our offering. A few years ago, we set a goal that 30 percent of both employees and managers should be women by 2025.

To achieve this, we have launched several initiatives, such as recruitment training on gender bias for staff and managers to ensure we have a bigger pool of female candidates to choose from. We have also signed up for the UN Global Compact initiative on gender equality and plan to start discussion groups on gender, social justice and human rights. In other words, we are well on our way but still have a lot to do if we want to touch on all topics and involve all groups.

The safety work at our production facilities has been an important focus in recent years. All accidents have been reported to Group Management since the end of 2018. Together with DuPont Sustainable Solutions, we are creating a new standard in safety where a zero-accident culture becomes the norm.

I am excited about the work that is going on at Munters when it comes to sustainability. There is so much will and creativity in finding new ways to operate in all areas that I am sure will benefit our customers, our business, and the planet overall.

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