Sustainability ambitions and GRI
To maintain momentum and drive improvement, we
define ambitions within each of the five focus areas.
Achievements and future ambitions are publicly
available in our Sustainability Report. Further, based on
the Global Reporting Initiative Standards, we globally
monitor indicators that are material to our stakeholders
Strong smallholder projects in our different supply
chains, continued direct engagement with more than
134,000 shea-collecting women in West Africa, and
a continued strong track record within our resource
efficiency are some of the key achievements during
2018 – achievements that also contribute to the SDGs.
Global CSR team
The engine behind our sustainability activities is our
decentralized global CSR team, established in 2007. It
consists of local teams with competencies covering our
sustainability scope. The Global CSR Manager reports
to the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) who is a member
of AAK’s Executive Committee.
Knowledge sharing and partnerships
Sharing our knowledge, objectives and achievements
with our stakeholders is a fundamental part of our
approach. In our annual Sustainability Report we
share global information based on the GRI framework
supported by a variety of local projects and initiatives
illustrating how our strategy comes alive. Specifically,
we offer to share ethical information with customers via
the Sedex platform.
The UN Global Compact encourages companies
to engage in partnerships to tackle global challenges
more effectively. We strongly believe that this will allow
you to accomplish more than you would on your own.
Partnering with other businesses, NGOs and governmental
agencies are ways to accomplish more. AAK is
participating in or partnering with, for example, RSPO
(Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), GSA (Global
Shea Alliance) and Proforest.
Monitoring and dialogue
Our sustainability approach is not static but rather
adjusted to input from stakeholders such as customers,
investors, NGOs, and employees. We monitor new and
upcoming legislation, follow trends in our communities,
and benchmark our sustainability practices against
those of retailers, customers, and competitors.
Our overall objective is to grow AAK sustainably and
progress within sustainability as a whole. If you would
like to learn more about our sustainability achievements,
initiatives and ambitions, please refer to our annual