Long-term competitive ability goes hand-in-hand with sustainability

Orio must be a responsible business partner, social contributor and employer. This includes working continuously on sustainability across all aspects of our business. An important part of this is our ability to supply both spare parts and innovative solutions and services to extend vehicle life cycles. Orio is wholly owned by the Swedish government, and must therefore always set a good example in regard to responsible and sustainable business.

Orio’s ambition in terms of running a sustainable business also covers our actions relating to all aspects of business ethics, anti-corruption measures, human rights, working conditions, equality and diversity, as well as responsible use of resources.

In 2015 Orio used a materiality analysis to identify methods for reducing its environmental impact and identify areas in which to work towards a more sustainable business. This applies to both economic and environmental aspects as well as social aspects. Orio’s responsibility and impact extends right along the value chain, while our opportunities for influence vary in their extent.

Economic aspects
Orio’s sustainability ambitions represent a requirement to carry out business that is profitable in the long term and benefits our stakeholders in various ways. We mainly influence this added value through our industry experience and ability to deliver quickly and with excellent precision.

Social aspects
Sensitivity and responsibility in regard to our stakeholders protects our reputation as an employer and business partner. This is based on work aimed at offering employees a good, safe work environment, and building a company culture that is characterized by a desire to change and good options for learning. By offering high-quality products and services, our employees in turn create value and benefit for the customer. All of this lies well within the framework of our own organization, giving us direct control over the work.

In our role of business partner, our opportunities for influence are primarily indirect, e.g. producing and imposing clear requirements on our suppliers to undertake social responsibility in business relationships. As a social contributor, we must set a good example and maintain a long-term perspective on sustainability in everything we do.

Environmental aspects
Our work relating to the environment is primarily based on the external and internal environments. The organization’s indirect impact on the external environment mainly refers to the transport solutions that are procured. Our biggest opportunity to control and influence the external environment is through selection criteria and clear requirements for environmental considerations in business relationships with suppliers, customers and partners.

The internal environment refers to environmental work within the framework of the organization in all units, and is under our own control in the vast majority of cases. This means that we can directly control the work of reducing our organization’s environmental impact.

The analysis identified eleven sustainability areas, i.e. areas in which Orio can have a significant impact. These are:

  • Emissions from transport services
  • Financial results
  • Supplier inspections
  • Health and safety
  • Training
  • Working conditions
  • Innovative partnerships
  • Waste management
  • Anti-corruption
  • Diversity and equality
  • Social engagement

Orio works on all these areas on an ongoing basis, and as part of these targeted efforts, complies with both national and international guidelines and external and internal regulations. Our work on sustainability encompasses all links in the value chain and brings in partners and suppliers. Clearly identifying and maintaining an ongoing, sensitive dialog with our stakeholders helps us in turn to protect our reputation as a company and as an employer.

We have a responsibility to minimize our impact on the environment as far as possible. Essentially, this is a matter of using our resources as efficiently as possible. Our presence on a global market also affords us opportunities to influence others through constructive exchanges of opinion.

Through our attitude, we will contribute, in accordance with the OECD’s guidelines, to economic, environmental and social sustainable development.

The materiality analysis also identified emissions that Orio gives rise to through transport services as the area where we have the biggest potential influence. Improving logistics and minimizing emissions via better options for alternative forms of transport with less impact on the environment will be prioritized in future in our work on sustainability. Our aim here is to reduce the company’s overall carbon dioxide emissions from internal transport services by 20 per cent by the year 2020 compared with 2013. During 2015 we achieved a 33 per cent reduction compared with 2013.