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. Nine of the goals relate to Alko's responsibility strategy.

Goal 2. Zero hunger

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.

During 2017 Alko's responsible purchases strategy will be developed by adding the respective environmental criteria based on an environmental life cycle analysis of primary production and the supply chain of alcohol drinks. This LCA was commissioned jointly by the Nordic alcohol monopolies and it was completed in late 2016.

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.

Water-related targets will be included in Alko's responsible purchases’ environmental criteria during 2017.

Goal 7. Affordable and clean energy

The UN seeks to double global energy efficiency by 2030.

Alko’s energy related targets are by year 2020

  • reduce electricity consumption by 10% compared with year 2017
  • reduce CO2 emisisons 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 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.

This target is relevant in the forthcoming environmental criteria for Alko’s responsible purhcases. We are also paying attention to the packaging materials we use in all of our operations.

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 the BSCI. We will also be engaging in greater cooperation within the industry with expert organizations and human rights organizations.