Relevant GRI Indicators
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Sandvik is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have defined the goals that are most relevant to us and to which we actively contribute. Below are some examples.
SDG 3 – Good health and well-being
Exera® medical wire, used in medical applications, helps to improve people’s quality of life. In 2020, we launched the battery loader Sandvik LH518B. It reduces heat and emissions underground, helping mine customers reach their sustainability targets and reduce ventilation costs.
SDG 5 – Gender equality
We drive different initiatives to support gender equality and have set a goal to have one third female managers by 2030. In 2020, we introduced an employee parenting program in Brazil and we made it possible for female employees in India to do shift work in a safe way. For many years we have been offering daycare for employees’ children in India.
SDG 7 – Clean energy
We use clean electricity in all our European production sites (20), one in the US and one in Brazil, corresponding to 84 percent of our electricity usage. We deliver stainless steel tubes to the world’s first industrial supercritical gasifier for production of renewable gas.
SDG 8 – Decent work
One of our long-term sustainability goals is zero harm to people. Our AutoMine® mining automation solution is an example where people are moved to a safer and healthier work environment.
SDG 9 – Industry innovation
Our industrial heating solutions help customers reduce their CO2 emissions by converting from fossil gas furnaces to electrical furnaces. On-demand additive manufacturing of titanium powder is transforming the medical industry.
SDG 12 – Responsible production
Our goal is to drive the shift towards a circular society. We have extensive recycling schemes and buy-back programs in place. Sandvik steel is derived from 82 percent recycled material. 18 of our production sites have a 100 percent recovery rate.
SDG 13 – Climate action
We will halve our CO2 impact by 2030. All divisions have set targets for energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions. The Rock Tools division has reduced carbon emissions by 40 percent (2017–2020) by moving from airfreight to other means of transport.