We are a small company, but a forerunner when it comes to responsibility. In our reporting, we have followed the GRI Guidelines for the past six years and produced a report every two years (2009-2010, 2011-2012 ja 2013-2014).
We have a good grasp of our carbon footprint, so we know it’s very small. By planting 120 trees a year, we can compensate for the impact of our operations. It is challenging for us to further decrease the environmental impact of our operations – but we have, of course, worked hard to get where we are.
We are a manufacturer located in Finland. All our products have been awarded the Key Flag Symbol, and whenever possible (there are criteria for which products can apply) we also apply for the Nordic Ecolabel.
We have worked hard to encourage personnel participation. Our organisational structure is very horizontal and our personnel have the chance to influence their own work or the company’s operations at any time. A good example of this is the Common Goal Process we have created at Fiblon. We also invest in education and self-improvement. In 2013–2014 we carried out a major training project, where our employees received on average 49 hours of training in the first year and 45 hours of training in the second year. Finnish Textile and Fashion’s publication Showing sustainability includes an excellent article on Fiblon’s social responsibility perspective.
For us, responsibility is about attitude. We have worked very hard to ensure our principles also show in practice. Our next goal is to help our customers make responsible choices, which would increase the responsibility of their operations. The key is to provide them with the information they need to make good decisions. In the restaurant industry, it is still quite common to see products being chosen based on nothing but price, which can result in the wrong products being used in the wrong way. This means that the Earth’s resources are being wasted, and extra waste is generated in the process. When the product stops being an expense and becomes added value, smart and sustainable choices become possible. This is the message we want to spread while increasing our stakeholder groups’ awareness.
We participated in FIBS’ biodiversity competition with our Smart Choice concept and received excellent feedback from the judges.
Most companies still focus on improving the responsibility of their supply chain or manufacturing process. We have already done that and moved to the next level.
To support this work, we have signed the Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development.