The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were jointly drafted by UN member states. The Sustainable Development Agenda is intended to guide global development until 2030 (Agenda 2030). The Agenda aims to eradicate extreme poverty and encourage sustainable development that accounts equally for the environment, economy and people.
Alko’s responsibility strategy corresponds to eight of the Sustainable Development Goals:
- Goal 3. Good health and well-being
- Goal 6. Clean water and sanitation
- Goal 8. Decent work and economic growth
- Goal 12. Responsible consumption and production
- Goal 13. Climate action
- Goal 14. Life below water
- Goal 15. Life on land
- Goal 17. Partnerships for the goals
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.
The cornerstone of Alko’s responsibility efforts, and the special mandate specified for the company in the Alcohol Act, is to engage in responsible sales of alcohol and reduce its adverse impacts not only with its own actions, but also through cooperation partners and programmes.
Alcohol has adverse health impacts on those who consume it – and it can also have consequences for the people around them: friends, family and work colleagues. Read more about Alko’s responsibility efforts.
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.
In 2020, the theme of the strategic plan for the joint environmental and climate efforts of the Nordic alcohol monopolies is water. During this theme year, particular attention will be paid to the farming of beverage ingredients, water efficiency and reducing the use of chemicals in farming.
Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.
Alko’s responsibility in procurement is based on the Code of Conduct of amfori BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative). Monitoring compliance with the Code of Conduct by means such as audits plays a key role in this. In addition, we bolster in many ways the competence of the actors in our supply chain with respect to the position and rights of workers. Read more about ethical operations in the supply chain.
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
Alko seeks to help customers make responsible shopping decisions as well as to minimise the environmental impacts of our own operations and encourage our supply chain to take care of environmental and social responsibility.
Alko’s Green Choices information helps customers choose environmentally sustainable products. Our aim is that more than 40 per cent of the products in Alko’s selection will feature Green Choices product information by the end of 2020. Read more about Green Choices.
We encourage our goods suppliers to provide Alko with lightweight and recyclable packaging to minimise the adverse impacts of greenhouse emissions. In addition, we encourage our customers to recycle all drinks packaging correctly. In the case of non-deposit packaging, wine bags and the inner bags from boxed wines can be returned to recycling points at more than 200 Alko stores. Wine bags returned to the stores are used in cement manufacture.
We also aim to take responsibility perspectives into account in transportation and reduce the amount of waste generated. Our goals by the year 2020 are:
- A 10 per cent reduction in the amount of packaging waste (cardboard and transparent pallet plastic) compared to 2017.
- 100 per cent recycling rate for wastes generated at stores.
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
In 2019, the theme of the strategic plan for the joint environmental and climate efforts of the Nordic alcohol monopolies is energy and carbon dioxide emissions. The aim is to define the best practices and target levels for the supply chain in terms of energy efficiency in the primary production of ingredients and beverage production as well as the use of renewable energy.
Alko’s goals for energy consumption in its own operations by 2020:
- Electricity consumption (kWh/m2) in stores and at head office has been reduced by 10 per cent compared to 2017.
- Carbon dioxide emissions caused by electricity consumption have been reduced by 50 per cent compared to 2017.
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.
Alko pays particular attention to garbage pollution in bodies of water and single-use plastic products in Alko stores. We seek to discontinue the sale of plastic bags by the end of 2020 and replace all single-use plastic accessories in our selection with equivalent products by the end of 2020. In addition, we develop the environmental friendliness of the products in our selection in many ways. The perspectives include increasing the use of recycled materials and the recyclability of products.
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
Alko’s responsible procurement strategy is based on the strategic plan for the joint environmental and climate efforts of the Nordic alcohol monopolies. The plan has been built on the basis of themes selected for different years. During each theme year, the Nordic alcohol monopolies work together to focus on the development of the specified theme. The theme for 2021 will be farming practices in primary production and improving diversity in nature.
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.
Alko proactively develops its responsibility efforts with the other Nordic alcohol monopolies and other members of amfori BSCI. In future, Alko also seeks to make greater use of cooperation with parties such as beverage industry experts and human rights organisations.
Source: United Nations