Integrated into our
daily business.


Our approach to sustainability covers three areas: the people, the business and the environment. In short, this means we care for the environment, practice sound business ethics and look after our employees. It is as deep-rooted in our culture and people as it is in the way we design, manufacture and innovate.

A fuller life for everyone

Our focus is to design and manufacture products with energy efficiency in mind that impact the environment as little as possible during their lifecycle. And of course, we also provide safe workplaces and ensure that our sub-contractors follow local legislation and regulations.

Ultimately, it’s about contributing to a better environment through intelligent lighting solutions. This means that everyone who is working, shopping, picking up their children, recuperating, taking care of others, walking, manufacturing, teaching or studying can use every moment of their day to the fullest.

Sustainable value creation

Offering increasingly energy-efficient luminaires and lighting solutions is Fagerhult Group’s greatest contribution to the development of sustainable living. In addition, the materials used have a large impact, all the way from extraction and manufacturing to recycling. Our focus is therefore to harness innovation in order to increase the proportion of sustainable materials.

The lighting solutions are also developed using expertise and insight into the positive impact of light on people in a variety of environments and situations. At the Group level, sustainability is a top priority and a natural part of our daily work, as well as a condition for our continued success in the lighting market.

UN’s sustainability goals show the way

From the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we have identified four where Fagerhult Group can have the most impact as well as the greatest opportunity to make a positive contribution.

During 2020, we will further clarify our ambition and set targets at Group level. Our goal is to create concrete, measurable and far-reaching targets for the next five-year period.

No.7

Affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services

No. 11

Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

No. 12

Responsible consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

No. 13

Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Our approach to sustainability

We have chosen to group our most important sustainability topics into three areas: Environment, People and Business.

We consider these areas to be the most important for the Group to address.

Business


Fagerhult Group works comprehensively to ensure ethical, sustainable business in all areas of its operations. The guiding document is the Group’s Code of Conduct (see below), which includes the underlying principles for how to conduct responsible business. Everyone within the Group, from the Board of Directors and management to individual employees must follow this.

When acquiring a company, we follow a stringent and detailed due diligence process, tailored to the specific business acquisition. Depending on the type of operations or the business set-up, the process is tailored to the specific situation and company. Areas always covered in our due diligences are: commercial, financial, legal and senior management.

Key topics

  • Ethics and anti-corruption
  • Human rights
  • Partner collaboration
  • Supplier reviews
  • Due diligence processes

Objectives

  • All companies and partners conduct business according to current laws and regulations.
  • Our shared Code of Conduct forms the basis for everything we do and how we act.
  • Ensure a sustainable supply chain, making sure all suppliers meet our requirements.
  • Thorough due diligence is conducted for every company acquisition.

Environment


Fagerhult Group converted to LED technology early, which means that all our luminaires today are based on LED technology. This change has led to significant energy savings, but there is more to be gained. Smart lighting control systems can further increase savings and at the same time improve the end-user experience. Proximity sensor-controlled lighting has shown energy savings of up to 70%.

In addition, we continuously invest in product development and manufacturing. This allows us to increase the use of renewable materials and minimize the resources used in manufacturing. We also follow up with lifecycle analyses to understand our products’ impact during production, installation, usage and recycling.

Key topics

  • Lifecycle perspective
  • Energy-efficient solutions
  • Conscious material selection
  • Use of resources, water, energy, etc.
  • Carbon emission
  • Internal environmental work

Objectives

  • Maximize energy savings, using the latest LED technology and smart lighting control.
  • Ensure that all products and services fulfill applicable regulations and standards.
  • Lifecycle perspective on our solutions to minimize our environmental impact.
  • Environmental consideration throughout our full value chain, internally and externally.

People


Fagerhult Group’s goal for the workplace is characterized by participation, commitment and well-being, a perfect environment for every employee to develop. We seek to develop leaders internally and provide opportunities for people to grow. This is what we call sustainable leadership, always aiming to make the most of people’s differences and skills.

We also strive to offer a workplace where the local and the global are intertwined. Our Group values, which should be present in all processes and daily routines, unite and guide our employees, and support collaboration between Group companies.

Key topics

  • Work conditions
  • Equality and diversity
  • Career development
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Product responsibility/safe products

Objectives

  • Guarantee our employees’ health, safety and human rights.
  • Sustainable leadership development, finding new opportunities for valuable people
  • Ensure our Group values are an integral part of all processes and daily work.
  • Facilitate a constructive dialogue and collaboration between Group companies.

Our business model and value creation

Our business model is based on thirteen Group brands and encourages local decision-making and execution. All of our brands have a strong reputation, either globally or locally, and operate with their own product development, manufacturing and go-to-market models.

At Group level we support selected central functions and set the governance principles for the Group. We have recently decided to work on our Connectivity development at Group level to ensure we create a competitive advantage for all of our brands and make it simple for our customers to work with us and use our solutions.

Below you will find our value chain and approach to sustainability, which is divided into five distinct areas:

Our contribution

  • Energy efficiency solutions based on the latest technology and smart lighting control
  • Contribute to health and well-being for people in different indoor environments
  • Safer, more secure and enhanced public places and outdoor environments
  • Great relationship with our partners, creating maximum value for the customer
  • Offer skills development and innovation strength among employees and sub-contractors
  • Generate employment and contribute positively to local communities where we are present
  • Financial value in the form of dividends to owners and reinvestments in our business
Suppliers
and partners
Product
development
Manufacturing
Sales and
marketing
Customers

Suppliers and partners

Focus: Environment / Business

  • Develop a sustainable supply chain where our suppliers conduct business according to current laws and regulations.
  • Select suppliers and partners with high environmental standards and minimize the impact of transportation.

Product development

Focus: Environment / People / Business

  • Develop smart connected control systems and use latest LED technologies to minimize energy consumption.
  • Sustainable development, sharing solutions within the Group and ensure our employees grow and develop.

Manufacturing

Focus: Environment / People / Business

  • Continuously develop processes to minimize use of resources and energy consumption, also changing to renewable energy.
  • Ensure a safe and enjoyable workplace where everyone feels involved and can contribute to continuous improvement.

Sales and marketing

Focus: Environment / People / Business

  • Ensure we operate and conduct business in accordance with our Code of Conduct in all markets we operate.
  • Propose solutions to our customers that minimize energy consumption, using new technologies and smart lighting control.

Customers

Focus: Environment / Business

  • Help customers select the best solutions for each application to create attractive and functional lighting environments.
  • Advise customers on smart and connected lighting control systems to minimize energy consumption and create additional value.

Suppliers and partners

Focus: Environment / Business

  • Develop a sustainable supply chain where our suppliers conduct business according to current laws and regulations.
  • Select suppliers and partners with high environmental standards and minimize the impact of transportation.

Product development

Focus: Environment / People / Business

  • Develop smart connected control systems and use latest LED technologies to minimize energy consumption.
  • Sustainable development, sharing solutions within the Group and ensure our employees grow and develop.

Manufacturing

Focus: Environment / People / Business

  • Continuously develop processes to minimize use of resources and energy consumption, also changing to renewable energy.
  • Ensure a safe and enjoyable workplace where everyone feels involved and can contribute to continuous improvement.

Sales and marketing

Focus: Environment / People / Business

  • Ensure we operate and conduct business in accordance with our Code of Conduct in all markets we operate.
  • Propose solutions to our customers that minimize energy consumption, using new technologies and smart lighting control.

Customers

Focus: Environment / Business

  • Help customers select the best solutions for each application to create attractive and functional lighting environments.
  • Advise customers on smart and connected lighting control systems to minimize energy consumption and create additional value.

Code of Conduct

Our global presence demands that our employees and business partners take responsibility for themselves and others. We have created a Code of Conduct which everyone in our Group is obliged to follow. We also share the Code of Conduct with our business partners and expect them to adopt and follow it themselves. In 2019, we held Group-wide Code of Conduct training which will be repeated every second year and the training is also part of our introduction program for all new employees.

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Group sustainability initiatives

Whitecroft goes circular

Whitecroft's first circular economy project delivers significant cost and material savings, upgrading ageing lighting systems to enable increased functionality and efficiency.

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Fagerhult sustainability promise

In early 2020, Fagerhult launched their new sustainability promise where they identified long-term goals in five prioritized action areas for 2030.

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Bright Future

Fagerhult contributes to a brighter future by providing environmentally friendly and healthy lighting to poor areas in Africa, through their project Bright Future.

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Our sustainability reporting

We have chosen to include our Sustainability Report in our Annual Report as an integrated part of our daily business. The section covering sustainability can be found here as an extract, including the full GRI appendix.

The report is prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option. The Sustainability Report has been subjected to a limited assurance review by a third party, PwC.

Sustainability report 2018

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Sustainability report 2019

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