The AutoStore 2020 ESG Report
For AutoStore, sustainability is as much about the solutions, products, and services we offer as to how we run our business and treat our employees. It’s important that we stay true to those values, which is why we’ve introduced an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) tracking program.
Making sure we’re always accountable and on-task to meet our sustainability goals is now a permanent part of the AutoStore culture. Today, we keep constant watch over our behaviors with the goal of releasing an annual report detailing year-over-year progress in key metric categories such as the environment, diversity, and ethics. We’re proud to release our first ESG report that you can download below.
At AutoStore, one of our three core values is transparency. We approach tasks with a focused mind and foster teamwork through transparency and open dialogue. So, developing our first ESG document in 2020 was something that came somewhat naturally to us. The study was truly a team effort carried out by an interdisciplinary task force composed of representatives from different parts of AutoStore. In accordance with the General Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Standard (Core option), the team conducted stakeholder interviews and a materiality assessment, mapping out key sustainability topics for our company to focus on going forward in 2021:
AutoStore identified its three focus areas through interviews with employees, customers, shareholders, and suppliers, followed by a materiality assessment conducted by AutoStore representatives from HR, finance, and executive management groups.
GRI, an international organization that publishes widely followed guidelines on ESG reporting, defines it as a methodology to identify and estimate possible issues that might impact a business and its stakeholders. It's a critical first step in the ESG reporting process because the results determine which issues to cover, what types of information to disclose, and how to communicate a company's impacts on issues such as climate change, worker safety, diversity and inclusion, and corruption.
A global company, AutoStore is headquartered in Nedre Vats, Norway, and has employees in the US, UK, Germany, France, Austria, Poland, South Korea, and Japan. At the time of this report, AutoStore had over 550 installations in more than 30 countries in a wide range of industries.
*Injury rate is calculated as the number of new injury cases during the calendar year divided by the number of workers in the reference group during the year, multiplied by 100,000.
At AutoStore, we have already developed a roadmap with various goals to help address some of society's most important sustainability concerns.
Today, we're actively documenting our actions to achieve these goals in an effort to chart our year-over-year progress.
Set up regular e-learning in the Code of Conduct for existing employees, as well as inclusion in the onboarding process of new employees.
Communicate our anti-bribery policy to partners and suppliers more proactively, and include this information when signing contracts with new suppliers.
Establish an anonymous and external whistle-blowing channel.
Increase the frequency of employee surveys from every two years, to every year.
Hold a fire drill in Poland.
Continued focus on Covid-19 and precautionary measures for all employees.
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