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Glenn Svedberg

Glenn Svedberg

Director of Sustainable Affairs


Creating sustainable solutions

Nolato has a long tradition of responsible business conduct and caring about people and the environment is a natural element of our work.

Sustainability in a broad perspective is an integral part of our business – in practice that means what business we do and how we conduct our business. The overriding goals are to both contribute to sustainable development and create opportunities. Nolato is an important link between suppliers of materials and the products that our customers sell on the market. This gives us a key role in our customers’ transition to products with a lower carbon footprint.

Long tradition of sustainability work

Nolato developed a tradition of responsible business conduct at an early stage. Caring about people and the environment became a natural element of this work right back when the company was first established in 1938. Today this responsible approach is described in the Nolato Spirit and the concept of sustainable development is firmly rooted in the company’s strategy plans as well as day-to-day operations.

Explore the Nolato Spirit

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Guidelines and standards

Our sustainability work is based on international guidelines and standards. Nolato is a Signatory of the UN Global Compact, and our sustainability targets are linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We report according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards and to the Carbon Disclosure Initiative (CDP). All manufacturing plants must be certified according to ISO 14001.

Explore our sustainability report

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Strategy and targets

One of the key strategic issues for Nolato is to reduce the carbon footprint from raw materials, production plants and products, along with preparing ourselves for the impact of climate change on the value chain. Our energy and climate targets are therefore demanding with a long-term perspective. In addition to that – with the ambition to cover all material issues – we have established a number of sustainability targets and indicators. 
More efficient energy use, and up until 2025 usage should decrease by 55% compared with average for 2011-2012.
Carbon emission
80% reduction in emission by 2025 compared with the average for 2011-2012.
Raw materials and products
The percentage of bio-based and recycled raw materials should increase.
Environmental management systems
All units to be ISO 14001-certified.
Gender equality
The proportion of women in management positions should increase at all levels.
By 2025, all strategic suppliers will be assessed according Nolato's guidelines for suppliers.

Long-term group-wide goals

Nolato has introduced long-term group-wide goals covering environmental responsibility, social responsibility and business benefits. Several of these goals are linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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The target to cut the carbon footprint is demanding and consistent with the Paris Agreement to reduce global warming. Measures include energy-efficiency, fossil-free electricity, and greater use of bio-based and recycled raw materials. 


You can learn more about our sustainability targets and their outcome on our investors pages.

Sustainable products

The environmental performance of Nolato’s products has become an increasingly important competitive factor. We therefore work with our customers on the goal of developing products that offer lower carbon footprint and/or contribute to a circular economy. We offer sustainable alternatives relating to raw materials, design, technologies and transportation. 


Recycled plastic: Opportunities & challenges

Recycled plastic offers opportunities but also challenges. We at Nolato want to use as much recycled plastics as possible, but there are a few obstacles in the way, slowing down the process. Read more about which solutions we see to these problems here.


Medical packaging: A case for plastic

Nolato consulted an independent third party to conduct a life cycle assessment (LCA) screening on one of our products. Read all about the result here.


Nolato, putting pressure on the supply chain

The environmental impact of our products does not simply depend on us an our actions, it also lays in our choice of suppliers. To make sure our suppliers are as high of a standard as we put ourselves we need to be proactive. Read more about how we evaluate our suppliers here.