ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, SECURITY and QUALITY
Socially responsible operations to reduce environmental impact
The recognition of environmental impacts is a key part of our social responsibility. Our aim is to be the most environmentally responsible operator in the industry, to which end we actively develop our operations based on our customers’ needs, official recommendations and our own values. We measure our own performance and implement measures for achieving our set objectives. We constantly seek new ways of improving our operations for the good of the environment.
We want to provide ecologically produced products and services. We take the environmental impacts of our products into account in product development, and engage in cooperation with our interest groups to make our products more environmentally friendly. We advise our customers to make ecological choices and also expect our suppliers to commit to reducing their environmental impacts.
The company’s management and entire personnel are committed constantly improving the level of environmental protection of all our operations. We maintain the environmental awareness of our staff and teach them to recognise the environmental impacts of our operations. All of our employees are encouraged to consider environmental aspects and to act accordingly. We strongly believe that committing to environmental values also improves employee satisfaction.
Our level of environmental management and the constant improvement thereof are steered by the needs of our customers and our own desire to constantly improve our performance. Our work for the good of the environment also contributes to the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, of which the following are the most relevant in terms of the environment:
- Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
- Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
- Goal 13: Climate Action
We are committed to complying with:
- the principles of the ISO 14001 environmental management standard in our operations
- the requirements and values of the Nordic Ecolabel
- the sustainable development principles and requirements of the FSC® and PEFC™ ecolabels
- the laws, regulations, decrees and directives relevant to our operations.
This environmental policy defines the group’s objectives and focus areas regarding the reduction of environmental impacts and is observed at the following companies: Grano Group Oy, Grano Oy and Grano Diesel Oy.
The key focus areas and objectives of our operations regarding the reduction of environmental impacts
Objective: Improve energy-efficiency and utilise renewable energy. 100% renewable energy in electricity and district heating by 2025.
We monitor our energy consumption with the aim of reducing it and increasing energy efficiency. We take energy consumption into account in new investments with the aim of improving energy efficiency. We focus our efforts on increasing our use of renewable and low-carbon energy sources, which also contribute to reducing our carbon footprint.
Raw materials and material efficiency
Objective: Efficient use of materials and increasing the share of renewable material. All paper materials we use are FSC® ja PEFC™certified by 2025. Packaging are made from recycled or renewable materials by 2025.
We work tirelessly to be able to offer more environmentally friendly products and packaging to our customers. Our goal is to increase the recyclability of materials and the use of renewable materials and reduce the use of harmful substances in our processes. We constantly seek new innovative and ecological alternatives. To promote material efficiency, we focus our efforts on the constant improvement of our processes and the implementation of a quality-oriented approach.
Objective: Carbon neutral business operations by 2030.
The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is a global goal, in recognition of which we want to do our part to mitigate climate change. We measure the greenhouse gas emissions of our business operations on a regular basis and engage in constant improvement to reduce emissions. We also offer carbon neutral products and services to our customers, with the help of which they can reduce the emissions generate by their own operations.
Objective: Promoting circular economy and zero waste.
We focus primarily on reducing waste by streamlining our processes, optimising the use of materials and maintaining a high level of quality in our operations. We monitor the amount and quality of waste that we generate. We sort our waste according to instructions so that it can be recycled and recovered as efficiently as possible. In line with the “zero waste” principle, the goal is to eliminate all waste that cannot be recycled and reused.
Objective: Increase the amount of ecolabelled products and services
We offer products labelled with the Nordic Ecolabel, the FSC® label and the PEFC™ label as well as carbon neutral products and encourage our customers to use these ecolabelled products. The FSC® and PEFC™ certificates ensure that our wood-based materials are sourced from forests managed in accordance with sustainable development principles. The Nordic Ecolabel is an impartial guarantee of the overall environmental friendliness of a product or service. The Carbon neutral label indicates a climate friendly choice.
Sustainable supply chain
Objective: A supply chain that takes environmental impacts into account
We favour environmentally conscious suppliers in all of our procurements and evaluate the performance of our suppliers. We require our suppliers to implement measures to reduce their environmental impacts and to comply with laws and contractual obligations. Key suppliers must be ISO 14001-certified. We favour local and ecolabelled products. We follow social responsibility principles in all of our operations and also expect our suppliers to comply with our ethical principles.
The Nordic Ecolabel is Finland’s best-known environmental label. Its constantly tightened environmental criteria guarantee the environmental friendliness and high quality of the labelled products and services. Please contact the sales division of Grano's Kuopio office if you would like to add the logo to your prints.
“The Nordic Ecolabel is a joint Nordic environmental label that aims to promote sustainable development. The label allows consumers and other buyers to make choices that are good for the environment. It also encourages suppliers of products and services to offer environmentally friendly alternatives. The Ecolabel proves that the product is among the best for the environment.” Source
FSC and PEFC
Grano has been awarded the FSC and PEFC™ certificates on wood origin and the right to use their logos. Grano is authorised to make certified prints adorned with these logos. On printed products, these certificates ensure that the paper used in the prints comes from certified forests managed in accordance with sustainable methods and from recycled materials.
As a customer of Grano, you have the chance to show your own environmental responsibility and ask that your prints be adorned with a logo that ensures sustainable forestry. Please contact our sales service if you would like to add the logo to your prints. At the same time, we will provide you with information on our selection of FSC and PEFC™ papers.
What is FSC?
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council®) is a global, non-profit and open organisation that both organisations and individuals can join. It was established in 1993 by a group of representatives from the fields of environmental science, forestry and social sciences concerned about global deforestation with the goal of promoting environmentally responsible, socially useful and economically viable forestry. FSC’s headquarters are based in Bonn, Germany.
The operations of FSC and its auditors are based on ten main principles and corresponding forestry criteria. These international principles apply to tropical, temperate and boreal forests. FSC’s goal is that every country will draw up national FSC standards on good forestry, suited to local conditions. Source: http://finland.fsc.org/
What is PEFC™?
Approximately 95% of Finnish production forests are certified under the Finnish PEFC™ system (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes). The Finnish PEFC™ system was endorsed for membership in the international PEFC™ system in 2000.
The Finnish PEFC™ system includes all the components required for good forest certification: the requirements for forest management and use, verification of origin of wood raw material, as well as the independence and competence of the auditors.
The Finnish PEFC™ system is maintained and developed by PEFC Finland – Finnish Forest Certification Council. The organisation promotes economically, ecologically and socially sustainable forestry and use, and maintains and develops forest certification in Finland. Source: www.pefc.fi
Below you can find a list of the environmental certifications granted to Grano:
The aim of Grano’s security operations is to secure our operating environment and ensure that security is maintained throughout all areas of our company. The most essential security principle is that no information is conveyed to external parties, and that full confidentiality is maintained in all our customer relationships. Our objectives are to secure the integrity and accessibility of information and uninterrupted operations, and to make sure we all have a secure working environment.
Security is a natural part of our operations and an issue that concerns all our employees. Each and every employee is responsible for the security of their own work and activities. We train our personnel to work in a secure manner and in accordance with our security principles, and to report any deviations observed.
Our company’s management is committed to the development of security, monitors the realisation of security objectives and approves the changes to the company’s security policy as necessary. Our operations comply with local and national laws and regulatory guidelines.
Our mission is to provide a wide range of communication and technical documentation service solutions, cost-effectively and effortlessly. Quality is an essential factor in our success.
The factors in our high quality include the following:
- meeting the customer’s expectations
- a comprehensive service range
- continuous development of products and service solutions
- an enthusiastic and versatile staff
- a methodical approach
- economically viable operations
Our aim is to achieve customer satisfaction and long-term customer relationships. This is why we ensure that all our employees are aware of the quality of their work. Our management and employees are familiar with and understand our quality system and policy, and are committed to the required operating principles and the continuous development of the system.
We are continuously training our employees and developing our operations by setting goals and using indicators that are monitored regularly.
Our quality management system complies with the ISO 9001:2015 standard and covers all of our key operations. We comply with all local and national legislation, decrees and instructions issued by authorities. We also have a separate environmental management policy.