SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

More and more companies advocate sustainable entrepreneurship. EMMA has made a practical contribution to the corporate objectives in this area by being the first in the world to offer circular safety shoes, including reverse logistics. By using circular shoes, customers help use raw materials and energy responsibly, while at the same time workers can be employed sustainably. Together, we are helping achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals that must be achieved worldwide by 2030. In addition, EMMA has selected three primary goals from among the Sustainable Development Goals for its own organisation.

EMMA measures its results in these three goals via Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). EMMA's general KPIs in the area of sustainability are as follows:

  • Product: % of circular models/range
  • Product: Waste per pair produced
  • People: % SROI (Social Return on Investment) measured in FTEs
  • Planet: Electricity per pair of shoes

The selected goals are 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).

From EMMA's perspective, the following areas of focus fall under #8:

  1. Ensuring good working conditions for staff throughout the supply chain
  2. Providing employment for all (fair wages, including work for people who are in a vulnerable position on the labour market)
  3. Providing a safe working environment with respect for human rights

For #9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), EMMA is focused on the following aspects:

  1. Using environmentally-friendly technologies and processes
  2. Upgrading innovation and technological capabilities, especially in less developed countries
  3. Return logistics
  4. A sustainable production environment

For EMMA, the sub-goals of SDG #12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) are as follows:

  1. Implement measures regarding environmental management (ISO 14001)
  2. Use already recycled material
  3. Reuse raw materials and work in a circular way (also ensuring next use applications)
  4. Use natural resources efficiently
  5. Handle chemicals and waste responsibly
  6. Avoid waste; recycle and reuse
  7. Encourage other companies to adopt sustainable practices and include them in their reporting activities, in order to raise awareness.
  8. Promote public procurement practices
  9. Give people everywhere access to relevant sustainability information
  10. Support developing countries in strengthening their technological and scientific capacities to produce and consume more sustainably.
  11. Minimise transport movements.