UN Sustainable Development Goals in Alko’s operations

The UN Member States' sustainable development goals and agenda seek to end abject poverty and ensure sustainable development across all areas: the economy, human well-being, and the environment. Ten of the goals relate to Alko's responsibility strategy.

Goal 2. Zero hunger and Goal 15. Life on land

By 2030, the UN seeks to ensure that food production systems are sustainable, and to introduce agricultural practices that increase productivity and production; help maintain ecosystems; improve land and soil quality; and strengthen our capacity to adapt to climate change, extreme weather phenomena, droughts, flooding, and other natural disasters.

The UN Goal 15 is to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

The responsible purchasing strategy of Alko reflects the Nordic alcohol monopolies’ environmental and climate strategic plan which is built on the basis of theme years. Cultivation methods in primary production and improving biodiversity are the theme for year 2021.

Goal 3. Good health and well-being

By 2030, the UN seeks to strengthen the prevention of substance abuse and the treatment of addiction. This includes both narcotic drug abuse and the harmful use of alcohol.

The cornerstone of Alko's responsibility efforts will continue to be responsible sales and reducing the harmful effects of alcohol consumption through both our own as well as cooperation programmes, including experimentation with completely new approaches.

Goal 6. Clean water and sanitation

By 2030, the UN seeks to improve water quality by, for example, minimising emissions of hazardous chemicals, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater released into nature, and substantially increasing water recycling and reuse all across the world.

The theme of year 2020 in the Nordic alcohol monopolies’ environmental and climate strategic plan is water. The cultivation of the raw materials for drinks and the water efficiency of production, and reduction of agricultural chemical use and thus residues in ground water are topic to be paid attention to.

Goal 7. Affordable and clean energy

The UN seeks to double global energy efficiency by 2030.

The Nordic alcohol monopolies’ environmental and climate strategic plan has 2019 marked as the energy and emissions theme year. In purchases as well as supply chain communications we will focus on the energy efficiency and renewable energy use of primary production of raw materials and the drinks production.

The goals related to Alko’s own operational energy consumption are by end of year 2020:

  • to reduce electricity consumption by 10% compared with year 2017
  • to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% compared with year 2017

Goal 8. Decent work and economic growth

The UN seeks to protect the rights of all workers and promote safe working conditions. This also includes migrant workers – in particular women – and those in precarious semployment.

A key aspect of Alko's responsible sourcing is adherence to, and monitoring compliance with, the ethical guidelines issued by the amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), which operates under the Foreign Trade Association (FTA). We also employ a number of methods to strengthen expertise at all tiers in our supply chain, and to improve the position and rights of workers.

Goal 11. Sustainable cities and communities

The UN seeks to strengthen efforts to protect the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

The ingredients for beverages sold at Alko come from agriculture, and often areas that have been cultivated for centuries. In responsible purchases, the protection of the immediate local environment in primary production will be part of the environmental criteria.

Goal 12. Responsible consumption and production

By 2030, the UN seeks to substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

Alko has to targets related to recycling and reduction of waste by year 2020:

  • in Alko stores reduce the amount of packaging waste by 10%
  • to raise the recycling rate in stores to 100%

Goal 14. Life below water

By 2025, the UN seeks to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities. This also covers marine debris and nutrient pollution.

Alko pays attention especially to littering and trash in waterways and throwaway plastics. Our goal is to ramp down sales of plastic bags by end of year 2020, and to replace all throwaway plastic products in our assortment by other corresponding products. Additionally, we will develop the environmental friendliness of our assortment in various ways from the perspective of recycled material usage and recycling.

Goal 17. Partnerships for the goals

The UN seeks to expand global partnerships in sustainable development, complemented by a variety of different stakeholder partnerships. This will enable everyone to use and share the knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources that will support the achievement of sustainable development goals in all countries, and in particular developing countries.

Alko actively develops its responsibility efforts with other Nordic alcohol monopolies and other members of amfori BSCI. We will also be engaging in greater cooperation within the industry with expert organizations and human rights organizations.