We all share a responsibility for making the world a better place. We alone cannot save the planet, but we can contribute to the journey by making a small yet significant difference through our actions.
In 2021 we were the first personal care company to be certified by Bureau Veritas in all 17 global goals.
The Sustainable Development Goals also known as the Global Goals were adopted in 2015 by all UN member states as a universal agreement to take action against global poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all people by 2030.
The certification process examines the company's views, behaviors and future plans related to the 17 Global Goals. These considerations, combined with our contribution led Allison to focus on 6 of the 17 Global Goals. 4 goals as our primary focus and 2 sub-goals.
We chose these goals because they highlight where we can make the biggest difference and have the biggest impact - both nationally and internationally. Read on for examples of how we apply and work with the 6 goals.
Ensure a healthy life for everyone and promote well-being in all age groups.
By promoting sustainable -, effective, natural - and asthma-allergy friendly cleaning, personal care and laundry products, we can help promote the use of these products (including CLEAN perfumes). Effective products contribute to greater cleanliness and can thus help fight tuberculosis, heptatitis, waterborne diseases and other illnesses, while reducing environmental impact.
We help develop and manufacture safe products by reducing the use of harmful chemicals while increasing environmentally friendly production. This helps to reduce people's exposure to hazardous chemicals and reduce air, water and soil pollution.
We want to limit chemical emissions and phase out non-biodegradable raw materials. And continue to offer and find alternatives to harmful chemistry (e.g. natural disinfection, probiotics, lactic acids and enzymes). We want to phase out synthetic materials and have a greater proportion of natural materials. We do not dispose of untreated wastewater. We only buy electricity from renewable sources, recycle plastic and use bio-based ingredients that cause less pollution.
We work with the Food Bank in Denmark, which receives our surplus goods from production. In this way, the goods are included in a circular system instead of being thrown away/incinerated. Furthermore, we support good hygiene by giving quality products (also sustainable) in shelters etc.
Ensure that everyone has access to water and sanitation and that this is managed sustainably.
We have strict requirements on the chemicals we use in all our products. We do not dispose of untreated wastewater into the environment and reduce our use of unwanted chemicals. We use renewable energy sources and recycled plastics that reduce our carbon footprint.
We are developing natural, sustainable, asthma and allergy friendly products that require fewer harmful chemicals. We will phase out hard-to-degrade raw materials and ensure biodegradable end products.
We are exploring circular collaborations to strengthen the participation of local communities in reducing pollution and wastewater. We are developing concentrated and more compact products including refill packs, highly concentrated lossy solutions and water-free products. In these cases, we save water and do not pay for the transport of water.
The first refill concepts have already been presented to customers. We are looking for compact solutions where we can use almost 100% of a pallet, for example. We are working with customers who are committed to less water and less waste. We have good opportunities to influence target 6 directly at national level and both nationally and internationally indirectly through our customers and suppliers.
Ensure that everyone has access to reliable, sustainable and modern energy at an affordable price.
At the national level, we limit our consumption of fossil fuels and only buy electricity from wind power. We use district heating, where the heat is obtained from wood crisps, which are a residual product from sustainable wood production.
The heat is CO2 neutral because the trees are replanted and the new forest absorbs the CO2 emitted during production. Our electricity is sourced through wind certificates and supports the green transition to wind energy and fossil-free energy production.
Currently, our company cars are being replaced by electric or hybrid cars. We can directly influence this target at national level and there are many opportunities to further develop this target with our partners and suppliers (both nationally and internationally).
We focus on shifting the majority of traded and outsourced products to EU producing countries where the emphasis is on an environmentally friendly transition.
Ensure sustainable forms of consumption and production.
By implementing and then targeting the sustainability goals of UN in our strategy, we contribute to sustainable action and an implementation of the 10-year framework for the whole of Denmark. We have an investment plan with a focus on sustainability and the environment 5 years into the future. In addition, with our knowledge and the dissemination of sustainable products on an international level, we will indirectly contribute to the individual countries' ability to fulfil the Framework Programme.
With the dissemination of eco-labels (Swan label, Blue Angel, EU Ecolabel, Ecocert, etc.), RSPO and FSC, as well as the use of recyclable plastics and our approach to constantly develop the greenest and most sustainable formulations, e.g. with bio-based ingredients, we contribute to the efficient use of nature's resources. Not all our products are sustainable yet, but we have a strategic goal: we want to get to the point where, for example, no new plastics are used and all non-biodegradable raw materials are phased out. Our use of solar and wind energy and district heating will also support this goal.
We will - and are - reviewing our own productions in terms of recycling of all waste (KPI), sorting and waste. We recycle and use waste water and "rubbish" where possible and make efforts for all waste. We want 0-waste production.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls' rights and opportunities.
At the national level and internally at Allison we ensure equal and equitable treatment of all colleagues, regardless of gender. The number of women on the Executive Board, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee must be equal. We select on the basis of qualifications and do not discriminate on the basis of gender. We have introduced a well-being survey, based on which we take action. We participate in the research project: Good Tone.
Through Plastic Change and Plastik Bank, we can help ensure that women have the opportunity to earn a living in countries like the Philippines and India, where Plastic Change and Plastik Bank operate. In both cases, the population collects bottles that are converted into currency. The bottles are recycled into new plastic granules, which we buy and use to make bottles. As an aside, sourcing the RSPO mass balance can help ensure equality in third world countries.
Protect, restore and support sustainable use of ecosystems, combat desertification, halt soil depletion and biodiversity loss.
Allison only uses paper and cardboard from sustainable sources (FSC). We source some of our used plastic from nature, which supports the habitat of natural ecosystems. We demand traceability for our raw materials and are, among other things, a member of the "Roundtable for RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil".
On a national level, we can designate outdoor areas for "wild on purpose" and support and use local resources. We pay attention to the biodegradability of our products.
All our cardboard is FSC certified. We also take smaller initiatives such as supporting Plant trees Denmark and the computers are set to print double in black and white by default.