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General Guidelines for the Environment, Health, Safety and Climate

1  Purpose

The Borregaard guidelines for EHS and climate measures are rooted in the company’s business model, corporate culture and values. The aim of these guidelines is to enhance commitment, awareness and continuous improvement in these areas and determine the company’s specific procedures and practices.

A good EHS and climate performance will strengthen the company and contribute to long-term sustainability.

 

2  Scope

These guidelines apply to the entire Borregaard group with its wholly owned subsidiaries. For jointly owned companies, the guidelines express Borregaard’s ambitions in these areas. Borregaard will also base its expectations for suppliers and key partners on these guidelines.

 

3  Responsibility

The SVP Organisation and Public Affairs has the overall responsibility for these guidelines.

 

4  General measurements and ambitions

Borregaard’s overall EHS and climate objective is that the company and its activities should contribute to sustainable solutions without harm to human health and the environment (including climate). The following general measurements have been created on this basis:

  • Integration of EHS and climate matters into the company’s overall systems for management, business plans and culture development
  • A proactive approach to EHS and climate work, where the precautionary principle is applied as a guideline
  • EHS and climate hazards will be identified and assessed and measures will be put in place to reduce risks
  • Enhancement of employee awareness through dialogue, training, observation and monitoring ( or “follow up”)
  • Leaders as role models
  • Thorough and systematic incident investigation in order to effect improvements
  • Documentation, transparency and open communication with all stakeholders
  • Establishment of goals and action plans in order to continuously improve in these areas

  

4.1 Health

Borregaard aims to provide a work situation for its employees that will have a generally positive impact on their health. The company aims to:

  • Provide a sound, inclusive work environment with meaningful tasks, support and feedback from colleagues and leaders
  • Minimise the potential for exposure to substances with negative health effects
  • Seek to organise work tasks to reduce the sick leave period
  • Establish goals and measures to decrease sick leave

  

4.2  The Environment

In the company’s environmental efforts, a sustainability perspective will form the basis for work on emissions, energy, water consumption as well as purchases of raw materials and other input factors:

  • Life cycle approach as basis for evaluation of measurements and priorities
  • Raw material suppliers will be required to adhere to Borregaard’s standards and ambitions
  • Establishment of targets and actions for energy consumption, emissions and waste reductions

  

4.3  Safety

Safety at Borregaard means both personal safety and process safety.

Borregaard’s ambition is to promote a safety culture involving actions and systems that will lead to zero harmful incidents and zero injuries to employees or third parties as a result of our activities. This will involve:

  • Management commitment and engagement with employees to eliminate unsafe conditions and acts
  • A proactive approach using barriers and safety first principles
  • Acceptance and encouragement of observations relating to colleagues to improve and reinforce safe practices (“Thanks for making me aware”)
  • Establishment and monitoring of routines for safe work-related travel and visits to 3rd party premises/factories
  • Establishment of levels of safety that minimise risk and communication that creates confidence among people living and working near our production facilities
  • Establishment of goals and actions to reach zero injuries and zero harmful incidents such as fires, explosions and unwanted releases of hazardous materials

4.4  Climate and energy

Borregaard supports international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Beyond its legal obligations, Borregaard will work actively towards achieving the global targets contained in the Paris Agreement.

Borregaard will adopt a proactive approach to climate-related aspects of its activities, in order to provide climate-friendly solutions through emissions reductions, energy sourcing (e.g. renewable and sustainable solutions) and energy savings in addition to high utilisation of raw material and development of products with favourable climate footprint. The company will:

  • Integrate climate-related factors and the importance of these into its long term strategic development plans taking into account both opportunities and threats
  • Use life-cycle analysis to document the eco-friendliness of activities and products and to provide justification for these 
  • Document greenhouse gas emissions related to the company’s activities
  • Establish goals and actions for reducing greenhouse gases