Responsibility programme - S Group
Sustainability programme and management
Responsibility

Sustainability programme and management

Together we will make a better place to live

Our new sustainability programme, Together we will make a better place to live, realises our group’s mission, in which sustainability is a central theme. The programme contains both long- and short-term goals, and its policies are based on the UN’s sustainable development goals and the UN Guiding principles on business and human rights.

Our mission is to produce benefits and services that generate well-being for our owners – in other words, our customers. However, well-being means much more than just economic well-being. With our co-op members, we will make a better place to live. As a major operator, we have a considerable impact on the present and on the legacy we leave for future generations. Foresight is therefore important, and our sustainability programme will extend until 2030.

Our sustainability programme has three themes: - Towards a new normal of sustainable consumption – together, one step at a time - Towards sustainable growth – by respecting natural resources - Towards an equal world – by removing inequality

Towards a new normal of sustainable consumption – together, one step at a time

We encourage our customers to make healthy and sustainable choices. Our goal is that in 2030, at least 65 per cent of the food we sell will be plant-based, and 80 per cent will be produced in Finland. We will also ensure the improvement of animal welfare. We promote Finns’ carbon-neutral transport.

Towards sustainable growth – by respecting natural resources

We consider the nature and climate in our choices. Our decisions help preserve diverse living environments and species. In 2025, we will remove more carbon from the atmosphere than we produce. We are moving towards halving the amount of food waste, and we promote the circular economy.

Towards an equal world – by removing inequality

We welcome all people as equally important. We take care that our own and our partners’ employees are treated fairly in Finland and around the world. We display products’ manufacturing sites and the country of origin of their main ingredients in order to track human rights matters. We are a common to all, non-discriminating and diverse S Group.

Responsibility management

Our corporate responsibility is guided by our values: focus on the customer, accountability, continuous renewal and profitable operations. In addition to following our values, we operate in line with the themes and guidelines of the Best Place to Live responsibility programme.

The Best Place to Live programme has four themes: for the good of society, climate change and the circular economy, ethical operating culture and human rights, and well-being and health. In addition, the programme includes 100 sustainability acts.

Responsibility covers all business areas and is managed jointly with business management at the S Group level. SOK’s Responsibility unit is in charge of the development, management and reporting of responsibility. The unit is part of SOK’s Business Operation Group, which includes all business areas and the procurement and logistics companies.

SOK’s Responsibility unit is in charge of strategic sustainability development, management and goal-setting for S Group as a whole. Business-specific goals and measures are determined jointly by business area management, subsidiaries and the Responsibility unit.

The Responsibility unit guides and monitors implementation and reports on sustainability development internally and externally. S Group’s strategic sustainability vision, responsibility programme and key figures are approved by SOK’s Executive Board. Guidelines on products and services are created in cooperation with the business areas, such as retail and hotel and restaurant operations.

Advisory Group

S Group does not know everything. Therefore, we have set up a responsibility Advisory Group of external experts to assist us. The Advisory Group is an integral part of our responsibility management and steering model.

The Advisory Group’s experts support and challenge us in corporate responsibility development. Its purpose is to produce information about new opportunities, best practices in corporate responsibility, innovations and risks related to the operating environment. In addition to the Director of Corporate Responsibility, S Group’s CEO, Executive Vice President and business operation management participate in the Advisory Group’s work.

External members of the Advisory Group:

  • Mikael Fogelholm, Professor of Public Health Nutrition, University of Helsinki
  • Minna Halme, Professor of Management at the Aalto University School of Business, specialised in responsible business operations
  • Pirkko Harrela, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, UPM
  • Aleksi Neuvonen, futures researcher, the Demos Helsinki think tank
  • Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament
  • Liisa Rohweder, Secretary General, WWF
  • Leo Stranius, Director, Sustainable Future, T-Media
  • Markus Terho, Project Director, Sitra

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