Goals and performance

Below you can find a summary of the sustainability related goals that Gränges has selected to measure and follow up.

A sustainable supply chain

An efficient and sustainable supply chain is essential for Gränges’ long-term success and development. To ensure responsible sourcing, Gränges has routines and guidelines for sourcing metals and other materials and services. Gränges’ ambition is that its suppliers maintain high sustainability standards that are equivalent to Gränges’.

All strategic suppliers to Gränges’ production facilities in Finspång and Shanghai should have been audited by 2020.

In 2017 seven strategic suppliers were audited, four of them being suppliers to Finspång and three of them being suppliers to the Shanghai facility. This includes the new supplier to the production facility in Finspång added during 2017. All of Gränges’ strategic suppliers to the production facilities in Finspång and Shanghai have been audited.

A strategic supplier to Gränges’ production facility in Finspång is a supplier that is critical to Gränges and has a direct impact on the properties of the end products. A strategic supplier to Gränges’ production facility in Shanghai is a supplier that is vital to Gränges’ long-term growth and profitability and accounts for a large portion of the volume.

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Ethical business practices

Gränges’ operations are characterized by sound business ethics and an honest and open corporate culture. All internal relationships and relationships with suppliers, customers, and other business partners and stakeholders, should be characterized by responsible, ethical and sound business principles. Gränges does not tolerate any form of bribery, extortion or corruption.


  • Gränges has zero tolerance for all types of corruption or bribes.
  • All managers, white collars in positions of responsibility, key personnel in purchasing and sales, and other key individuals who have external contacts, are required to complete the UN Global Compact online anti-corruption training. 


  • In 2017 there were no incidents involving bribes or other corruption, and no business contracts were breached or not renewed due to corruption.
  • So far around 90 per cent of the employees concerned have completed the training in 2016 and 2017.

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Environmental practices

The fundamental aim of Gränges’ environmental responsibility is to minimize the environmental impact of its operations and the prevailing risks, in relation to both products and processes.

A maximum metal yield, an increased percentage of recycled aluminium and resource-optimized processes are crucial for Gränges’ financial results, and are at the same time the company’s primary contribution to reducing the burden on the environment and climate.

Gränges aims to increase the use of recycled aluminium in its production process. This will be achieved by:

  • Increasing the share of recycled scrap input versus primary aluminium and alloys.
  • Ensuring that internal aluminium scrap can be reinserted into the production process.

More specific goals related to metal yield and internal scrap use are set for each production facility.

The share of recycled material used as input material has increased from 14.8 per cent in 2016 to 15.4 per cent in 2017. The increase in overall use of recycled materials is driven by the production facilities in the US where more external scrap was used as input materials. On a group level, this was partly offset by less use of recycled materials in the production facility in Finspång and a lower level of recycled material in externally sourced slabs in the production facility in Shanghai.

Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials

% 2017 2016 2015
Asia 1.0 4.2 5.6
Europe 16.0 18.1 22.7
Americas 24.8 19.4
Gränges totalt 15.4 14.8 13.1


Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials
Sourced recycled aluminium used as input material [tonnes] divided by the total sourced input material [tonnes].

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Gränges has energy efficiency goals for all production facilities.

Measures to improve efficiency are continuously implemented. To ensure continuous improvements Gränges has decided to implement certified energy management systems for all production facilities. The overall energy use per tonne product has decreased from 3.4 MWh/tonne in 2016 to 3.3 MWh/tonne in 2017. This is mainly due to energy efficiency measures implemented in the production facilities in Finspång and Shanghai.

Total energy use

GWh 2017 2016 2015
Electricity 403.2 394.8 216.7
Natural gas 773.4 747.6 131.2
Liquefied petrolium gas 48.2 46.1 46.5
Diesel 8.5 9.4 6.5
Petrol 0.1 0.1
District heating 2.7 2.8 2.0
Gränges total 1,236.0 1,200.8 402.8


Energy intensity

MWh/tonnne product 2017 2016 2015
Asia1) 2.3 2.4 2.5
Europe 2.2 2.3 2.3
Americas 4.4 4.3
Gränges total 3.3 3.4 2.4


1) Data for Asia has been recalculated compared to data presented in the Annual report 2016, due to an updated energy conversion for natural gas.


Energy intensity
The total energy used at the production facility [MWh] divided by the total packed products [tonnes].

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Gränges’ long-term goal is to reduce its carbon footprint by reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the value chain, both direct and indirect.

Since 2016 direct and indirect emissions of greenhouse gases per tonne packed product has decreased by 2 per cent and 7 per cent respectively. The reduction of direct emissions is mainly connected to increased energy efficiency and the reduction of indirect emissions is due to a higher share of recycled materials in relation to total input materials.


Total emissions of greenhouse gases

  Scope 1 Scope 2 Scope 3
ktonnes Co2e 2017 2016 2015 2017 2016 2015 2017 2016 2015
28.6 28.5 27.4 63.8 63.5 61.8 2,400 2,300 2,200
Europe 11.2 11.5 11.5 0.004 0.004 0.004 500 500 400
Americas 129.9 124.3 68.9 67.2 1,300 1,600
Gränges total 169.7 164.3 38.9 132.7 130.7 61.8 4,300 4,400 2,600


Carbon intensity

  Scope 1 Scope 2 Scope 3
Tonnes Co2e/tonne product 2017 2016 2015 2017 2016 2015 2017 2016 2015
Asia1) 0.28 0.30 0.31 0.62 0.67  0.69 23.5   24.3 24.2  
Europe  0.13 0.14 0.15 0.00005  0.00005  0.00005 6.1 6.2 5.7
Americas  0.69 0.68 0.37 0.37  – 7.1 8.6
Gränges total  0.45 0.46 0.23 0.35 0.37 0.37 11.4 11.6 7.0


1) Data for Asia has been recalculated compared to data presented in the Annual report 2016, due to an updated energy conversion factor for natural gas.


Other emissions to air

Tonnes   2017 2016 2015
Dust Asia 3.8 3.6 3.5
  Europe 0.2 0.3 1.8
  Americas 12.4 11.9
  Gränges total 16.4 15.7 5.3


Greenhouse gas emissions
Greenhouse gas emissions are presented as carbon dioxide equivalents and are calculated using local emission factors for different fossil fuels. 

Dust emissions
Dust emissions are either calculated using local emission factors or based on continuous measurements. Other emissions such as nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, oil and VOC (volatile organic compounds) are either not reported throughout the entire organization or are currently not reported with sufficient quality to provide reliable data on annual basis.

Definitions GHG Protocol
Scope 1 
Direct emissions from Gränges’ operations include production facilities, office buildings and company owned vehicles. Emissions are calculated based on fuel consumption.

Scope 2
Indirect emissions from generation of purchased electricity and heat consumed by Gränges, in production facilities and office buildings. Emissions are calculated using specific data from Gränges’ electricity and heat suppliers.

Scope 3
Other indirect emissions; include emissions from extraction, production and processing of main purchased materials, production of fuels used in Gränges’ operations and for generation of electricity, inbound and outbound goods transportation, and business travel. Emissions from production of primary aluminium are based on regional industry averages and supplier data are used for purchased slabs and scrap. Emissions from production of fuels are based on regional industry data. Emissions from transportation and business travel are based on specific data from Gränges’ transportation routes.

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Local reduction targets for water consumption are implemented in the production facility in Finspång, while other production facilities lack firm targets.

Since 2015 the water withdrawal per tonne product has continuously been reduced for Gränges’ production facilities in Shanghai and Finspång. The reduction amounts to 25 per cent and 20 per cent respectively. Gränges’ overall water withdrawal has increased by around 50 per cent since acquiring the US operations while the water withdrawal per tonne product has been reduced, from around 14.2 m3/tonne in 2015 to 8.9 m3/tonne in 2017.

Water use, source

Million m3 2017 2016 2015
Surface water  2.0 2.1 2.2
Ground water  0.8 0.9 0.0
Municipal water  0.5 0.6 0.2
Gränges total  3.3 3.5 2.4


Water withdrawal, region

Million m3 2017 2016 2015
Asia  0.2 0.2 0.2
Europe  2.0 2.1 2.2
Americas  1.2 1.3 – 
Gränges total  3.3 3.5 2.4


Water intensity

m3/tonne product 2017 2016 2015
Asia  1.5 1.6 1.9
Europe  23.3 25.7  28.4
Americas  6.3 6.9
Gränges total  8.9 9.7 14.2


Water withdrawal
Water used in the production facility withdrawn from wetlands, rivers, lakes, own wells, waste water from another organizations, municipal water supplies or from other public or private water utilities [m3].

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Workplace practices

Gränges shall offer an attractive and safe working environment, where all employees regardless of gender, age, ethnicity and background have the opportunity to develop and receive competitive remuneration.

Gränges’ goal for Asia and Europe is that women, including managers, account for 20 per cent of the workforce. The ambition is to have 30 per cent women among all new recruits in Asia and Europe.

In 2017 the share of female employees for the Group reached 14 per cent, with 11 per cent in Asia and 20 per cent in Europe. In 2017 women accounted for 18 per cent of all new recruits in the Group.

Gender balance, 2017

  Gender balance
% Women Men
Gränges' Board of Directors 50 50
Gränges' Group Management 13 87
Senior management (management at subsidiary level) 19 81
Administrative staff (white collar) 29 71
Employed in production (blue collar) 8 92
Gränges total 14 86


Age structure, 2017

  Age structure
% Under 30 years 30–50 years Over 50 years
Gränges' Board of Directors 0 17 83
Gränges' Group Management 0 45 55
Senior management (management at subsidiary level) 0 81 19
Administrative staff (white collar) 8 65 28
Employed in production (blue collar) 14 53 33
Gränges total 12 56 31


Gender balance and age structure are based on the number of employees on December 31, 2017.

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  • Gränges has zero tolerance for injuries and accidents.
  • Gränges’ goal for Asia and Europe is to have a sick leave lower than 3 per cent.  


  • The number of total recordable accidents, including Gränges’ production facilities in the US, increased by 7 cases compared to prior year. In 2017 there were nine serious injuries where nine individuals were injured. The number of Lost Work Day Cases increased from nine to 14. However, the number of total accumulated days lost as a consequence of these injuries were reduced from 546 in 2016 to 403 in 2017 as the accidents were less severe.
  • Sick leave for Gränges Group during the year amounted to 2.0 per cent, compared to 2.2 per cent (excluding Gränges’ operations in the US) in 2016. For Asia and Europe the sick leave in 2017 was 0.7 per cent and 3.3 per cent respectively.


Sick leave and Lost Work Day Cases

  2017 2016 2015
Sick leave1), % 2.0 2.2 2.0
Lost Work Day Cases
(Number of accidents resulting in absence from work)2)
14 9 8


1) Excluding Gränges' operations in the US in 2016 and 2015.
2) Including Gränges' production facilities in the US 2016 but not 2015.


Total Recordable Rate1)

Number of recordable accidents per million hours worked 2017 2016 2015
Asia 6.3 3.5 4.8
Europe 11.7 12.3 13.3
Americas 7.2 5.7
Gränges total 7.8 6.2 7.5
Number of fatalities 0 0 0


1) Only applicable for Gränges' production facilities. Gränges' production facilities in the US are included in the figures for 2016 but not in the figures for 2015.


Serious injury
An irreversible injury for example an amputated finger or lost eyesight, or a reversible injury causing prolonged periods of pain or suffering for the employee, or an accident with an absence longer than 15 days. First-aid level injuries are not included.

Lost Work Day Cases
Number of accidents resulting in absence from work (out of recordable accidents).

Workers not employed by Gränges (“contracted”)
Contracted workers such as maintenance workers managed by Gränges are included in the safety data.

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