It is becoming increasingly important to develop sustainable products and supply chains that are both competitive and balance the many global risks.
This can seem like a major challenge, so we have divided the work of consuming “the sustainable elephant” into smaller parts:
- Energy optimization and CO2 neutralization – here we have reached the first major milestone as a CO2 neutral company with a combination of wind turbine flow and annual planting of 6,000 trees. This is done in Danish peace forests in collaboration with Growing Trees, which in collaboration with the Danish state and churches ensures a lasting CO2-reducing effect. The next step is to continue to lower energy consumption with new energy technologies.
- Waste reduction and increased recycling – here we work continuously to reduce raw material waste in production and for packaging. The remaining waste is now sorted across 25 different waste streams to ensure almost 100% recycling. The next step is a cost-benefit and environmental evaluation of eg. recycled cardboard and bioplastics for packaging.
- Supplier management and development – here we are in the process of moving even closer to our entire supply chain in 2020 with several on-site audits and CSR / sustainability survey for all suppliers differentiated by supplier type and extent of trade.
- Positive net contribution to children and young people’s development – this is our primary focus in relation to the surrounding community with support for both local and global youth organizations with DKK 80-100,000 per year, project collaboration with students and finally more apprentices and students in Mekoprint than needed for later full-time employment. The next step is to increase cooperation with educational institutions as mutual learning experiences.
Our primary learning about sustainability so far is, that every single small effort is not difficult and only requires extraordinary effort the first time. Subsequently, a new normal practice and mindset is established, which is typically self-financing over a few years – e.g. in the form of lower energy costs, less waste, better supplier collaboration and applications from highly qualified new young Mekoprint colleagues. We therefore highly encourage others to work even more with increased sustainability and are very interested in experience from other companies and institutions.
The above focus areas are the main elements of our corporate social responsibility that form part of Mekoprints quadruple bottom line in balance with customer satisfaction, job satisfaction and economic growth.
As we gain increased control over internal sustainable practices, we will increasingly focus on our role as a sustainable advisor so that we can gradually but surely become the sustainable business partner our customer increasingly demand.
For more information on the quadruple bottom line and our focus on UN’s Global Goals 2030, please read our latest “UN Progress Report”.