Sustainable development goals
Together with our partners, suppliers and local businesses, we show the way to a better, more sustainable future. We will take forceful action in our transition to a sustainable, climate-neutral society. Through our contracting services, we contribute to the positive development of society by helping to create homes and buildings in wood with health benefits for their occupants and visitors.
THE BLOBAL GOALS
For Sustainable Development
The SDGs and their meaning
193 countries have pledged to work on achieving the 2030 Agenda, with 17 sustainable development goals to be achieved by 2030. Combined, the goals constitute a global framework for sustainable development. Each goal contains targets, and there are 169 targets in total. Since 2020, we have been tracking how our business contributes to the goals. We have identified six goals in particular where our impact is greatest.
Woodsafe has ambitious goals and the ability to contribute toachieving the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). We have identified six SDGs that are relevant to our business, of which goals 11 and 15 are essential for our business.
Sustainability areas in focus
We focus on the sustainability areas in which we have the greatest opportunity to make an impact. Our agenda addresses six SDG areas: affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, sustainable cities and communities, responsi- ble consumption and production, climate action, and life on land.
Sweden is one of the world’s countries with the least corrup- tion, yet we are not completely immune to it. The construction industry, for example, is an industry that still faces challenges involving corruption and bribery. Woodsafe believes that our place in the construction chain brings little risk of being placed in a vulnerable position with regards to corruption, as we do not collaborate directly with the construction industry. To further minimise this risk, Woodsafe has the following procedures and policies in place:
WWoodsafe is contracted by its partners to offer services in fire-retardant wood treatment. At present, we do not use subcontractors. In 2020, Woodsafe had zero cases of corruption and we have not terminated any partnerships due to corruption.
Goal 7 Affordable and clean energy
To a great extent, the transition to a sustainable society involves electrification. Woodsafe has vast roof surfaces that we don’t believe should be left empty, but instead should make way for solar energy. Woodsafe contributes to this goal by selling its surplus electricity to the grid, with guarantees of origin. This ultimately gives local businesses that aren’t able to have their own solar installations the chance to make a climate-neutral choice concerning their electricity.
Goal 8 Decent work and economic growth
Woodsafe cares for its employees and offers a workplace where all employees can achieve a healthy work-life balance. We have ongoing, systematic workplace health and safety efforts to minimise risks in the workplace such as noise, repetitive tasks and heavy lifting. The company’s financial stability enables us to be a viable employer in the long term. Woodsafe has an uneven composition of women and men in the business. This therefore poses a risk that we are not yet capturing all the workplace health and safety improvements and growth opportunities that more mixed teams could bring.
Goal 11 Sustainable cities and communities
Woodsafe contributes to the goal of sustainable cities and communitiesby enabling safer construction and time spent in wooden buildings. This means reducing emissions from the construction sector and creatingsafe housing and workplaces for more people. Buildings in wood have a naturally improved indoor climate and can improve mental well-being. As cities grow, new opportunities for growth are often created. But this growth can also widen the gaps between people, reduce habitats for plants and animals, and drive up emissions. Woodsafe’s contribution to urbanisation in society can thus also have a negative environmental impact.
Goal 12 Responsible consumption and production
Our core business is to make wood fire-retardant so that it can be used as a building material in residential, commercial and public buildings. By offering market services that provide wooden buildings with a long lifespan and good fire protection, we contribute to a more climate-smart way of building that also improves the quality of life for the building’s occupants.
Goal 13 Climate action
The construction industry accounts for 21 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Wood sequesters carbon. This makes it a climate-smart building material that captures and stores carbon dioxide both while the tree grows in the forest and for as long as the completed building is in place. Woodsafe offers fire-retardant treatment for woodthat refines the properties of the wood and makes it possible to build more safely using it. This is how we are taking climate action towards achieving the goal. We have a negative impact on climate change through our value chain due to carbon dioxide emissionsprimarily from transport, which falls under our scope 3. We have already reduced our negative impact, and we will continue to work on improving our carbon footprint with the goal of becoming completely climate-neutral within scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 2025.
Goal 15 Life on land
By working together with our partners to ensure that 100 percentof all wood raw materials passing through Woodsafe’s factory are certified, we contribute to this goal by preserving ecosystems and maintaining biodiversity. Together with our partners, we also help to plant saplings to ensure the regrowth of forests and promote biodiversity. Modern forestry is often dominated by monocultures, which has a negative impact on biodiversity. Woodsafe’s operations thus risk encouraging unsustainable forestry that threatens biodiversity in the longer term.