Permobil announces its seven sustainability focus areas, including two innovative KPIs specific to the core business: quality of life for the people who use their products and driving workplace diversity, as well as reducing their CO2 emissions 70 per cent by 2030. Permobils focus is to drive the company to continuously do better for all its stakeholders.
Yang Chonglin (right) is one member of the Chinese "Inclusive Team" sales rep of Permobil. The company also wants to increase their inclusiveness of their workforce.
As a purpose-led company, Permobil has always been driven by social responsibility. The company is now taking the next step on its sustainability journey, formalizing its approach with seven sustainability focus areas.
"Our purpose of innovating for individuals shapes everything we do. It takes a long-term commitment. We believe we have a special obligation to stakeholders now and in the future to continuously improve – and that means we will always do better," said Permobil’s President and CEO, Bengt Thorsson.
Within sustainability they will drive continuous improvements to keep doing better for society:
Better for users: improving quality of life and ensuring the highest standards of product quality, service and safety
Better for employees: building a safe and respectful workplace with diversity and inclusion as its hallmarks
Better for the environment: by minimizing its impact
Better for business and communities: with strong business ethics and responsible sourcing.
With ambitious key performance indicators (KPIs) the company wants to measure and manage their impact. The results will be reported annually in a Sustainability Report.
During 2021, Permobil has been defining its KPIs, which include a decision to reducing Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by 70 per cent by 2030; zero lost time workplace accidents and the continuing rollout of the Supplier Code of Conduct to embed the sustainability values with supply partners.
Two of Permobil’s innovative KPIs are specifically related to their business: one will focus on the quality of life of their users, while the other addresses employee diversity from the lens of individuals using Permobil products.
Over the last year, the company has been conducting a pilot study on measuring the mobility-related quality of life of people who use wheelchairs. Bengt Thorsson commented, "Our products transform people’s lives. We want to be able to define and demonstrate the difference we make, and push continuous improvements so that we keep doing better. If we get this right, not only do we help those who use Permobil products but we will bring the rest of the industry with us."
"We want to increase the inclusiveness of our workforce; increasing accessibility and removing physical and social barriers to ensure our staff is as diverse as possible. At Permobil, we believe it’s important to set the standard and lead the way for others." said Emma Qvist, Vice President Human Resources for Permobil EMEA.
Bengt Thorsson added, "The time is right for Permobil to take a leadership position in sustainability. Continuous improvement in our seven focus areas will help to shape our societies future and ensure the long-term and sustainable growth of our company."