Sofia Hedevåg became Gränges’ first VP Sustainability in October 2017.
“Gränges has worked methodically with sustainability in recent years, but without a dedicated full-time resource it can be difficult to move forward,” says Hedevåg. “I will build upon the work that has already been done and coordinate it on a global scale.”
Her mission is to define Gränges’ sustainability work, primarily by establishing a global strategy that can be followed and supported by the whole organization. Although efforts to promote sustainability are being made in all parts of the organization, there has not been any global groupwide strategy with overall goals and ambitions in place. The plan is to establish this high-level strategy by March 2018.
“The deadline may seem tight, but much of the basic work has already been done,” she says. “I also see a clear commitment to, and engagement in, sustainability issues across the organization, which makes my work both easier and more fun.” Sustainability is one of the four main pillars of Gränges’ long-term growth strategy, which also includes innovation, continuous improvements and structural expansion.
“Having sustainability as one of our prioritized areas shows that we recognize the connection between sustainability and business value. My most exciting challenge is to identify the business value of sustainability work, to link the sustainability strategy to our business.”
Hedevåg provides some concrete examples such as: lower costs through more efficient energy usage; reduced sick leave through an increased focus on social conditions.