HL continues to dedicate our efforts in this area, by consistently incorporating sustainability into our business practices and values, to help retailers and brand suppliers meet stakeholders’ expectations.
Growing the HL family and expanding our in-house capabilities
During the year we welcomed the employees of three acquired companies to HL, who will benefit from being part of a larger team and more development opportunities. Through these acquisitions, we have also gained new capabilities, better utilization and improved efficiency in our factories and logistical processes.
Expanding our circular offer to close the loop
We have successfully closed the loop on datastrips with selected customers in the UK and in Finland, allowing us to retrieve our own products at the end of their lifecycle and recycle them into new products. We have also industrialized the process, allowing us to expand our offer further across Europe in the future.
HL Sustainable Choice grew by 12%As in 2020, we delivered on our target to grow sales on the HL Sustainable Choice range of more sustainable merchandising solutions made from recycled plastic, and expanded the assortment to cover more products.
93% of important suppliers signed our Code of Conduct for Suppliers
93 percent of our important suppliers signed the Code of Conduct during the past year, committing to the same level of sustainability as HL, and exceeding our goal of 90 percent of our important suppliers.
Setting our targets and action plan in accordance with the SBTi
In 2021, we set our targets and action plan to ensure the reduction of our climate footprint in-line with the Science Based Targets initiative’s ambition, and are currently awaiting approval.
Impact on climate change
The carbon footprint study plays a large role in setting the baseline for improving HL's operations and guiding our efforts to reduce our environmental impact.
[12% more recycled plastic used ] To be able to increase the percentage of recycled plastic in production, we recycle our own production waste in the production of new products as much as possible, and continuously increase our ability to source recycled plastic externally.
[50% more green eneergy sourced ] The HL factory in Gliwice has switched its full energy supply to renewable sources, increasing the usage of green energy by 50% and decreasing our emissions significantly.
[85% less municipal water used ] Overall water consumption has decreased by 6%, and since building its own well in 2020, the factory in Sundsvall has reduced the usage of water from municipal sources by 85%.
Our four focus areas
Helping customers to reduce waste
Creating the best workplace
Driving continuous improvement in operations
Ensuring responsibility throughout the supply chain