Importance of a shared vision for sustainable supply chains: “Sustainability necessary from a business perspective”
Large companies have begun to place increasingly high demands on the entire supply chain to be sustainable. Working with sustainability is therefore necessary from a business perspective.
– For us, it is absolutely crucial that our suppliers share our vision of sustainable transport solutions, explains Andreas Follér, head of sustainability at Scania.
In the near future, Scania’s trucks and buses will no longer have exhaust pipes. This means that much of the carbon dioxide emissions that the company has traditionally had disappear – but also that new types of carbon dioxide emissions arise.
– Those emissions will primarily come from the supply chain, which means that we need to continue to take steps towards increased sustainability together with our suppliers. In the past, we have mainly focused on the suppliers we have direct contact with, but now we also work with their sub-suppliers. In this way, we can find the places in our long supply chain where there is a large climate footprint, says Andreas Follér.
“We will work all the way down into the mines”
Going forward, Scania will focus on four “hotspots” for emissions in its environmental work – batteries, steel, cast iron and aluminum – which they want to be 100 percent green by 2030.
– We will work with this all the way down to the mines, to the raw material itself. We have an active dialogue with the suppliers and train, support and educate them. We see it as doing this together, says Andreas Follér.
– It is certain that some suppliers will drop out in the next ten years because they do not share our sustainability ambitions. At the same time, most of our key suppliers work in the same direction as us. It’s not really about us making those demands, but that the whole world does, he adds.
Sustainability program for companies
Scania is, together with AstraZeneca, KTH and Södertälje municipality, the main partner and founder of Södertälje Science Park, which is a meeting place for sustainable production. Among other things, Södertälje Science Park runs a sustainability program for small and medium-sized companies.
– Many of the companies participating in the program are subcontractors to larger companies. They know that it is necessary to work on the transition towards a sustainable world, but do not always know where to start. Therefore, we help them to review their company and how they can work with sustainability linked to the global goals, says Eva Helén, development strategist at Södertälje Science Park, and adds:
– It is by changing to a more sustainable production that they can remain relevant in the market.
The article is produced by Brand Studio in collaboration with Södertälje Science Park and not an article by Dagens industri