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.

Sustainability strategy 2030 (pdf)

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.

Sustainable development goals (SDGs)

The United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs) inspire our work and direct us as we set our ambitions and engage with our partners. They provide a clear compass for business growth and development. They guided us during the development of our new strategy and are embedded in our sustainable priorities.

Six SDG goals in particular are important to us and act as our compass to mobilize change at Ontex. They reflect our core principles of sustainability, safety and integrity, and 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 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.

Our focus is on energy efficiency, renewable energy and supporting climate resilience so that our operations can become carbon neutral by 2030.

We will only source certified or controlled fluff, and use organic cotton in our products.

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

We will continue to engage with local communities via partnerships, through volunteering, donations and other similar activities.

Materiality

We conduct a materiality assessment every two years. The latest was in December 2018 and involved input from just under 200 stakeholders from four main stakeholder groups: customers, employees, suppliers and NGOs.

Questions covered a broad range of topics which we first prioritized and then clustered under four headings; health and well-being; sustainable growth; human rights and responsible production.

The Ontex leadership team validated the topics and we assigned each a set of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to ensure consistency when reporting performance.

Internally we follow up on the KPIs every quarter. External progress is reported on a yearly base.

The next materiality assessment takes place in 2020.

For more details about our materiality process and outcome, see our integrated report.