The honest way
CSR - Egholm’s Corporate Social Responsibility
The CSR report is our social responsibility in words and pictures
Egholms CSR policy
CSR and sustainability are an expression of corporate social responsibility and are about how we work to tackle environmental and climate challenges for the benefit of our employees and the wider community. Based on our values and as a leading brand in our segment, we recognise that we have a responsibility and an obligation to continue to lead the way.
We consider responsibility a keyword to be a successful company. Our CSR efforts are based on our core values: Pride, a Sense of Results, Innovation and Inclusiveness.
The policy is divided into four main areas:
- Human rights
- Employee rights
- Environment and climate
In all matters under its control, Egholm will support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
Egholm aims to demonstrate the highest level of social responsibility towards our employees. We support the abolition of child labour and forced labour, and we condemn all forms of discrimination. Egholm emphasises freedom of association and recognises the right to collective bargaining. We want to be a tolerant workplace where every employee thrives and has the opportunity to develop and create a good work-life balance.
Environment and climate
Egholm uses the word “environment” broadly, encompassing the working environment, the product environment and the external environment. As an environmentally responsible company, Egholm will work systematically to create sustainable and climate-friendly products. Egholm takes an integrated approach to the environmental and climate impact our production and products have on our employees, customers and the environment.
Egholm strongly opposes all forms of corruption, extortion and bribery.
CSR focus areas in Egholm’s value chain
At Egholm, we work with the following focus areas:
- Egholm’s suppliers, including transporting goods and materials to Egholm’s manufacturing plant.
- Egholm’s own production, our employees and transport of the finished products to our customers.
- Egholm’s customers.
Egholm’s suppliers must comply with the following guidelines (Code and Conduct). Egholm reserves the right to regularly inspect and check that suppliers comply with the guidelines.
Forced labour and free movement
Egholm’s suppliers may not directly or indirectly use forced or compulsory labour.
Egholm’s suppliers must not be directly or indirectly involved in child labour. As a general rule, children should not work until they are over compulsory school age. Light work/recreational work that does not interfere with children’s education is permitted under local law. Employees under the age of 18 are not allowed to perform hazardous work or work at night.
Egholm’s suppliers shall not discriminate, directly or indirectly, on the grounds of race, colour, gender, disability, language, religion, political or another opinion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, financial matters, sexual orientation, ancestry or another status.
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
Egholm’s suppliers must not interfere with or prevent employees’ right to join a trade union and the right to collective bargaining.
Working environment and safety
Egholm’s suppliers must provide a safe and healthy working environment for all employees. The supplier shall ensure that written health and safety policies and procedures are formulated and adhered to.
Egholm’s suppliers must ensure that employees are not subjected to physical punishment, threats of violence or other forms of physical or psychological coercion or abuse. Suppliers must comply with local laws and regulations on minimum wages, and employees must be paid a wage that allows them to maintain a reasonable standard of living (a living wage). Employees must receive written confirmation of the terms of employment.
Environmental protection and industrial accidents
Egholm’s suppliers must establish and maintain procedures to prevent and manage environmental problems and industrial accidents that may affect and harm the surrounding community and environment. Suppliers should seek to minimise the environmental impacts of their activities, products and services by using environmental management systems to:
- Reduce the amount of waste and emissions to the air, soil and water
- Handle chemicals in an environmentally responsible manner
- Handle, store and dispose of hazardous waste in an eco-friendly manner
- Contribute to the recycling and reuse of materials and products
- Implement environmentally friendly technologies
Egholm’s suppliers must ensure responsibility in product design, production and testing so that no harm is done to anyone, either during or after manufacture.
Corruption and bribery
Egholm’s suppliers shall not directly or indirectly use or benefit from any form of corruption or bribery.
Egholm’s own production and employees
Working environment, physical and mental
Egholm wants all times to be an attractive and caring workplace, where the company spirit is trustworthy for the individual. We work purposefully, systematically and seriously to maintain and develop a safe and healthy working environment that is developmental for all employees at the company.
At all times, we want to be an attractive place to work and one we can be proud of:
- Management ensures that the work on health and safety is dynamic by involving, motivating and training employees to take responsibility for and act on all matters concerning their own and their colleagues’ health and safety.
- That the company complies as a minimum with legislation and other regulations in the field of health and safety.
- That the company prevents sickness, work injuries and improves the working environment by using inspections, measurements and assessments as a basis for specific actions.
- That the responsible manager informs all employees of the safety instructions in force at the company. Violation of applicable safety instructions and procedures may result in a warning and immediate dismissal in case of repetition.
- That the Health and Safety Organisation establishes, as necessary, a system for gathering knowledge about the health and safety requirements of customers, suppliers and authorities.
- That the management meets the requirements of the Danish Working Environment Authority for customised supervision.
- To limit the use of and ensure the substitution of substances and working practices that are harmful to health.
The Working Environment Organisation (WEA) holds regular Environment Committee meetings (minimum 6 annual meetings) where objectives and activities are planned, initiated and evaluated.
Employee development reviews are held once a year, focusing on developing the employee and maintaining a high level of employee satisfaction.
Employee satisfaction surveys are conducted twice a year. A workplace assessment, including an analysis of the psychological working environment, is carried out at the end of August at least every 3 years.
Energy consumption / CO2
In 2020/21, Egholm mapped the total energy accounts for the company. The carbon footprint of Egholm’s utility machines in operation constitutes the most significant part of the company total carbon footprint.
Egholm is developing the utility machines of the future, where the propulsion is based on non-fossil fuels.
Egholm is working towards making current customer utility machines more sustainable. The aim is to enable customers to switch to environmentally friendly fuels such as HVO diesel and E85 petrol. If Egholm manages to get customers to switch to bio-based fuels, this will have a significant social impact, as the carbon footprint of the machines could be reduced to 10-30% of the current carbon footprint.
Materials and Harmful Substances
Egholm works to ensure a high level of material health in the components used in the company’s products. The aim is that the materials used in utility machines and attachments have a high material recycling rate, for example, by avoiding fibreglass and other inseparable composite materials.
Egholm is committed to complying with the Waste Sorting Act for Danish companies.
Egholm’s sales ethics refer to rules of conduct that ensure that all sales leads and customers are treated with respect, fairness, honesty and integrity.
This means that Egholm puts the people we sell to first, and we respect their choices and opinions rather than imposing our agenda on them.
The focus of Egholm’s sales organisation is a set of primary sales focus points for our customers:
- We respect the customer’s decision.
- We never attack our competitors.
- We never promise more than we can deliver.
- We communicate honestly.
- We treat all customers with fairness.
- We never support or participate in corruption or any kind of cartel relationship.
When we market Egholm as a company and Egholm’s products, we market the company and the products honestly, and we never promise more than we can deliver. We aim for the highest marketing standards and ensure that people outside the company are not misled in any way.
We do our best to ensure that all employees are aware of Egholm’s wishes and rules of conduct and have the free opportunity to bring non-conformity of any kind to the attention of the company’s management.
Egholm’s work with the UN Goals for sustainable development
The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals have set the course for sustainable development, and we at Egholm, have chosen to focus on 4 goals where we can contribute and make a difference.
Many people are familiar with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by world leaders at the UN Summit in September 2015. The 17 goals came into force in 2016 and will serve as a compass for our common journey towards sustainable development for both people and the environment by 2030.
Circular thinking is both an opportunity and a necessity. The pressure on the planet’s resources means that the world is facing a change in the way we think about resources and production.
There is a need to reduce, reuse and recycle the materials that go into products so that the amount of primary - virgin - raw materials are replaced by secondary - recycled - raw materials. A circular economy, where the linear flow from raw material to waste is replaced by a circular cycle where resources are constantly recycled.
The SDGs apply to all countries, rich and poor, but it is crucial to make sustainable action concrete for the goals to become more than just words. At Egholm, we have worked purposefully with the SDGs to identify where we as a company can make the most difference.
We have chosen to start with Goals 8, 9, 12 and 13.
Decent jobs and economic growth
At Egholm, we place great emphasis on social responsibility. We feel that we are committed to taking responsibility for creating decent jobs, among other things, by focusing on measures that can increase well-being in the workplace and ensure that the personal and professional skills of employees are shown to their full advantage.
Furthermore, we have an intense focus on innovation and technological upgrading to increase both productivity and resource efficiency in the working day. Here too, our employees play a key role in implementing new tools and technologies.
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
We want to be at the forefront of technological developments and to find sustainable solutions to both economic and environmental challenges.
We know that our utility machines have a service life of about 20 years. Therefore, we are committed to mapping the infrastructure so that we can constantly find new and better solutions to dispose of and recycle components in the products that have served their time.
Responsible consumption and production
At Egholm, we are constantly working to optimise our production methods in a more sustainable direction. Around 97% of the total CO2 emissions are from the use of machinery during its service life, which is why it is the primary focus area in our ambition to reduce our carbon footprint, both in the short and longer-term.
But what can we do as a company to contribute to the green transition once our machines are produced? We prepare them to use environmentally friendly diesel (HVO100) and environmentally friendly petrol (E85), which reduces CO2 emissions by 90% and 65%. However, we also focus on training the people who service and use machines daily to ensure the most optimal operation and use, including the machine operator’s ability to use the machine more efficiently.
Our ambition is to develop the most environmentally friendly utility machines on the market. Electricity is the obvious choice for propulsion today, but we do not want to follow the flow if, in 5 years, gas, hydrogen or artificial diesel turns out to be the most sensible choice. We want to do what makes the most sense for everyone, for people and for the environment.
Sustainability in motion
Work on sustainability is not a static process. We are getting smarter all the time, and our new knowledge will form the basis for smarter and greener ways of doing things and hopefully inspire others. However, we also know that we cannot do it all ourselves. Therefore, we are very open to developing collaborations with suppliers, customers or other companies to create a synergy effect where the total sum is much higher than the individual parts. Because that is the essence of the UN SDGs: That we tackle it together.