SDG 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production
Efforts and policies to reduce our global consumption are included in our code of conduct and are constantly under review. This applies to environmental decisions made not only for new buildings or production, but also in the recycling of our products and in alignment with new policies, such as the European Union’s WEEE Directive. But of course, we consider more facets of sustainability.
As an UN Global Compact signatory, we also support environmental efforts by using FSC-certificated paper. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit organization.
Sivantos Group has a long tradition of developing energy efficient hearing aids. Very often, having the industry’s lowest battery consumption is yet another reason why Sivantos hearing aids are the smarter choice.
Users save time and money when changing fewer batteries, while also doing our environment a favor. Additionally, three out of our four premium segment sales are already rechargeable.
Another milestone: passing external audits for EH&S
Never heard about EH&S? No Problem. In simple terms, “Environment, Health and Safety” is what organizations do to make sure that no one is harmed by their activities. Since this is important to all of us, we certainly abide by the global norms and regulations to fulfill our duty as a responsible company. That’s why every company is more than happy to pass these audits successfully.
And yes, you guessed right: The Sivantos Quality Management System (QMS) team has passed the external audits for a certified EH&S system for their locations in Singapore and Suzhou, China.
And, the best part? The audit resulted in an outstanding zero on non-conformities, the best result one can get
We are very proud of this outcome because we had to set up a new and lean quality management system that is compliant with the relevant ISO norms and regulatory requirements – within eight months! Not to forget that at the same time, we developed our own new EH&S policy, conducted training with all employees, and implemented the new processes and documents.
Next stop on our EH&S journey: Audit our location in Poznan.
Every small step counts
(December 2017, Brazil) The United Nations state that approximately 300 million tons of plastic waste are produced every year and adversely affect our environment. Since every step counts to take action against this urgent problem, Sivantos Brazil has launched its ECO POINT campaign to raise awareness for the usage of plastics among its employees. As plastic cups are non- biodegradable and mostly designed for single use, they are a main contributor to land and water pollution. Therefore, our office in Brazil handed out free glass bottles and reusable cups so that employees won’t have to purchase plastic bottles and – cups anymore.
As a UN Global Compact (UNGC) signatory, Sivantos also follows the ten principles of the UNGC, like Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility, to make our world a better place.
(January 2018, DE) Sivantos regularly donates unused IT equipment to the non-profit group “Arbeit für Menschen mit Behinderung” (AfB) [English: Work Employment for Disabled]. This organization provides people with disabilities jobs such as refurbishing, selling, or disposing of certain devices and equipment.
As a nice spillover effect from our donations, we were not only able to sponsor the work for people with disabilities, but were also to save 8,465 kg of iron equivalents, 15,190 kWh of energy, and 4,570 kg of CO2 equivalents.
Step by step our impact is growing.