Troldtekt supports the goals for a sustainable world

UN member countries have adopted 17 common goals to ensure the balancing of the environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development. Troldtekt is focusing on two goals in particular, and has helped to inspire other companies.

Troldtekt supports the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and has decided to focus on the goals where the company make the biggest difference. In 2018, this resulted in a new and energy-efficient factory line and increased focus on FSC®-certified wood.

We must eradicate poverty, protect our planet and ensure prosperity for all. That is the essence of the 17 joint global SDGs which were adopted by the UN member states in 2015. The ambition is for the goals to be achieved in 2030, which will require massive efforts on the part of both businesses and citizens. 

Each of the 17 SDGs are accompanied by a set of targets – 169 to be precise.  And for each target, concrete indicators show the extent to which the goals have been fulfilled.

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At Troldtekt, we have so far chosen to focus on two of the 17 goals – ‘Responsible Consumption and Production’ and ‘Life on Land’. Under each of the two goals, we are focusing in particular on four targets. The box next to the article has more information about the goals we have chosen, and on the following page you can read about the reasons behind our choices.

Focus on two goals and four targets

The following shows which of the UN’s SDGs and targets Troldtekt mainly supports:

Troldtekt, CSR 2017

SDG no. 12: ‘Responsible consumption and production’

  • Overall goal: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  • Target 12.6: Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle.
  • Target 12.7: Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.
  • Target 12.c: Rationalise inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption (text is abbreviated).

SDG no. 15: ‘Life on land’

  • Overall goal: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
  • Target 15.b: Mobilise significant resources from all sources and at all levels to finance sustainable forest management and provide adequate incentives to developing countries to advance such management, including for conservation and reforestation.

CEO Peer Leth explains why and how Troldtekt is working with the UN’s global Sustainable Development Goals.

Troldtekt, CSR 2017

– Since 2010, we have been committed to the UN Global Compact, and therefore we obviously support the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) introduced by the UN. We can see that these global SDGs are increasingly being adopted by society and our business partners. And particularly by public developers.

– We recognise all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, but as a medium-sized manufacturing company, we cannot and do not have to address all of them. Therefore we have chosen to focus on the areas where we can make a difference, and the goals which are in line with our Cradle to Cradle strategy. We cannot fight hunger by producing acoustic panels, but we can, for example, contribute to more sustainable production.

– SDG no. 12 on responsible consumption and production makes sense for us because we’re already striving for a more sustainable production. In recent years, we have invested millions of kroner in optimising our production and making it more energy-efficient. A new drying oven, a new biomass boiler and using 100 per cent wind power in our production are just three examples.

– SDG no. 15 is about life on land, and here we are contributing by only using renewable raw materials, including FSC-certified wood from responsibly managed forests.

– Working on the basis of the global SDGs is not just about our own little backwater, so to speak. We are at the same time committing ourselves to taking the lead and positively influencing our partners. We are doing so through, for example, our Code of Conduct and by communicating and documenting our work openly and honestly.

– I hope and believe that, in future, more companies will seek to influence developments in their own industry in a positive direction. We’re doing so because we see a good business case in working with sustainability – we are quite honest about that. It must make financial sense, because otherwise it will be difficult to maintain focus in the long term.

– Small and medium-sized enterprises must not feel intimidated by the 17 SDGs and the 169 targets. It’s all about getting started, and accepting that focusing on one, two or three goals is also worthwhile.

– We’ve started with the SDGs which are most natural for us, and then in 2018 we will go deeper to see how we can achieve further improvements in these areas. In addition, we will assess whether SDG no. 17 – ‘Partnerships for the Goals’ – might be relevant for us. At Troldtekt, we have a long-standing tradition of entering into partnerships within, for example, the environmental and waste management areas.