Strategy

Ontex’s sustainability strategy sets ambitions for 2030. It defines a common sustainability agenda and sets goals for all parts of our company including the value chain.

We believe that the new sustainability strategy will help us to contribute strongly to the achievement of the UN’s sustainable development goals.

Sustainability strategy.

We updated our sustainability strategy in 2019 to ensure that it remains relevant and that we, as an ambitious and growing business, continue to make a positive difference for the planet and all the elements in our value chain.
We identified four main focus areas and set out what we aim to achieve in each of them.

Ontex sustainability strategy presentationOntex's science-based targets for climate action

Sustainable development goals (SDGs)

The United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs) have our full support. They inspire our work and act as a guide as we set ambitions and engage with our partners. They provide a clear compass for business growth and development. They helped pilot us through the development of our new strategy and are embedded in our sustainable priorities.

As a company, we focus on the SDGs where we can have the biggest positive impact. This approach builds on our core principles of sustainability, safety and integrity, including respect for human rights.

The UN’s Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development call on governments, business and civil society to take action to address social and economic challenges. We believe this collaborative approach is essential and, as you can see here, our sustainability strategy aligns well with the SDGs.

Our healthcare products enhance consumer’s everyday life. In our own operations, we are committed to creating a safe and healthy workplace.

Our DEI strategy is centred around three main aspirations:
  • We aim to achieve gender parity in leadership by 2030
  • We want to advance equity and create a culture of inclusion
  • We aim to play an active role in the development and career advancement of women

Our focus is on circular solutions. Part of this is eliminating waste from production and optimizing waste treatment methods. Our commitment to eco or health labels will enhance transparency.

As a company and as people, we understand the need to address global warming with increased urgency. Our focus is on energy efficiency, renewable energy and supporting climate resilience so that our operations can become carbon neutral by 2030. Our strategy commits us to reduce our Scope 1-2 emissions by 42% by 2030 (BY2020) and Scope 3 emissions by 25% by 2030 (BY2020).

We use various raw materials derived from wood, such as pulp, viscose, cardboard in our products and packaging. We are aware of the serious consequences of deforestation and forest degradation and do not want to contribute to these problems. Therefore, we source agricultural and forestry materials (pulp, airlaid and viscose) only from FSC® and PEFC™ certified suppliers and support the regeneration of forests through local measures such as reforestation.

We strive to ensure good working conditions and fair jobs for all our employees and people in our supply chain.

Materiality

We conduct a materiality assessment every two years. The latest was in 2021. We use this process to analyze how we influence our external environment and the potential impact of the external environment on our business. The materiality assessment serves as input for our Sustainability Strategy 2030.

For more details about our materiality process and outcome, we invite you to read page 146 and the following in our latest annual report

Sustainability governance.

The Board of Directors, CEO and Executive Leadership Committee are responsible for the supervision and management for our sustainability strategy and our role in society as a whole.

For more details about our sustainability governance set up, see our integrated report.