The preceding chapters have described the ambitious goal of helping save one million more lives, every year, by 2030, and the needs and opportunities that drive the strategy to achieve this. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which have been signed by 195 governments are being used as a roadmap to develop national policies on sustainability, and for Laerdal SDG3 Good Health and Well-being is at the core of everything it does. The SDGs also cover environmental issues and companies are increasingly being asked by civil society, government institutions, customers and employees:
“How sustainable are your operations?”
Laerdal is a member of the UN Global Compact which encourages businesses worldwide to adopt socially responsible and environmentally-friendly business practices and to report on their implementation.
Recent attention has focused on the impact of a company’s operations on climate change and pollution of the planet with materials, especially plastics. This chapter will address Laerdal’s ambitions in these two areas and widening its social responsibility, and the long-term commitment of the Laerdal family to the company achieving its mission of Helping Save Lives in a sustainable way.