Sustainability reporting

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Sustainability report 2022

Developing energy-efficient solutions lies at the heart of AutoStore. The company’s mission has always been, and remains, to make a strong contribution to a more sustainable world and future for all. We're proud to present our third annual sustainability report highlighting our progress over the last year in addressing key sustainability issues like business ethics, working environment and the environment. The sustainability report is integrated into the annual report.

Human rights

Human rights and decent working conditions

The Norwegian Transparency Act became law on July 1, 2022. It ensures respect for basic human rights and decent working conditions in the company`s own operations and in the supply chain.

AutoStore works actively to comply with the demands and expectations set by the Transparency Act. The statement applies to AutoStore Group and any third party acting on behalf of AutoStore Group and is published in accordance with the requirements of The Norwegian Transparency Act.

Download our full Transparency Act report.

Contact VP of Sustainability, Agnethe Brown Erland, regarding AutoStores work with human rights and decent work conditions on this email: agnethe.brown.erland@autostoresystem.com.

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Carbon accounting

As a manufacturing business, AutoStore has both direct and indirect environmental impacts.

In 2022, AutoStore conducted a full Scope 3 screening in accordance with the GHG Protocol for the first time. This will serve as AutoStore’s baseline going forward.

AutoStore conducted an eligibility screening against the Taxonomy’s published activities with support from external sustainability experts in 2022. Read more about the screening here.

Our Environment and Climate Policy outlines the main principles governing AutoStore’s management of its impact on the environment and the climate, and describe the requirements for implementation, monitoring and reporting in compliance with these principles.

Full climate accounting:

- Carbon Accounting Report 2022
- Carbon Accounting Report 2021














Policies

Our ethical guidelines are set out in our Code of Conduct, the key governing document for all persons working for or on behalf of AutoStore. The Code of Conduct was updated in 2021.

AutoStore has a zero tolerance for corruption, anchored in our Code of Conduct and outlined in the Anti-corruption policy.

As of 2021, the Supply Chain Business Ethics Requirements are communicated to and incorporated into contracts with all new suppliers, and suppliers are required to confirm that they have read and understood them.

At AutoStore, we expect a high degree of ethical behavior from all our employees and we have implemented a Whistleblowing and Investigation Policy to allow for internal and external reporting of incidents that breach with the Code of Conduct.

We are a global company and we have created an HR Policy to ensure that human resources, including equal opportunities, labor rights and recruitment, are managed in a uniform way throughout AutoStore.

In addition, in The Remuneration Policy we present the framework around how contractual and compensation items are set and managed for executive members of management and other senior leaders of AutoStore.

As a business with a global presence, AutoStore recognizes that we can have both positive and adverse impact on people and environment throughout our value chain. Human rights are at the core of AutoStore’s sustainability efforts. Our Global Human Rights Statement builds on our Code of Conduct, and it reflects our understanding of the fundamental rights of all human beings and our commitment to promote respect for those rights.

For AutoStore, sustainability is as much about the solutions, products, and services we offer as to how we run our business and treat our employees and partners. It’s important that we stay true to those values, which is why we’ve introduced an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) tracking program.

Here you can read more about our AutoStore Code of Conduct for Partners.

Values

Transparency

At AutoStore, one of our three core values is transparency. We approach tasks with a focused mind and foster teamwork through transparency and open dialogue. So, developing our first ESG document in 2020 was something that came somewhat naturally to us. The study was truly a team effort carried out by an interdisciplinary task force composed of representatives from different parts of AutoStore. In accordance with the General Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Standard (Core option), the team conducted stakeholder interviews and a materiality assessment, mapping out key sustainability topics for our company to focus on going forward in 2021:

  • Business ethics and integrity, including anti-corruption.
  • Environment, including energy and material use and disposal.
  • Working environment, including diversity, non-discrimination, and health and safety.
Method

Materiality Assessment

AutoStore identified its three focus areas through interviews with employees, customers, shareholders, and suppliers, followed by a materiality assessment conducted by AutoStore representatives from HR, finance, and executive management groups.

What's a materiality assessment?

GRI, an international organization that publishes widely followed guidelines on ESG reporting, defines it as a methodology to identify and estimate possible issues that might impact a business and its stakeholders. It's a critical first step in the ESG reporting process because the results determine which issues to cover, what types of information to disclose, and how to communicate a company's impacts on issues such as climate change, worker safety, diversity and inclusion, and corruption.

Current State

Who We Are Today

A global company, AutoStore is headquartered in Nedre Vats, Norway, and has employees in the US, UK, Germany, France, Austria, Poland, South Korea, and Japan. At the time of this report, AutoStore had over 550 installations in more than 30 countries in a wide range of industries.

People

  • Employees: 357

Energy Use

  • Office Locations: 72 MWh (USA), 1670 MWh (Vats, Norway)
  • Production Sites: 908 MWh (Poland)
  • AutoStore systems (the robot): 1509 MWh

Injury Rate

  • Poland: 1754*
  • Norway: 2097*
  • U.S: 0*

*Injury rate is calculated as the number of new injury cases during the calendar year divided by the number of workers in the reference group during the year, multiplied by 100,000.

Future State

Who We'll Be Tomorrow

At AutoStore, we have already developed a roadmap with various goals to help address some of society's most important sustainability concerns.

Today, we're actively documenting our actions to achieve these goals in an effort to chart our year-over-year progress.

Code of Conduct

Set up regular e-learning in the Code of Conduct for existing employees, as well as inclusion in the onboarding process of new employees.

Anti-bribery policy

Communicate our anti-bribery policy to partners and suppliers more proactively, and include this information when signing contracts with new suppliers.

Whistle-blowing

Establish an anonymous and external whistle-blowing channel.

Employee survey

Increase the frequency of employee surveys from every two years, to every year.

Fire drill

Hold a fire drill in Poland.

Covid-19 measures

Continued focus on Covid-19 and precautionary measures for all employees.

Energy efficiency

  • Further develop the energy efficiency of our products, in addition, review and make a plan for energy efficiency at our office locations.
  • In addition to reporting on energy consumption within the organization, report on energy consumption outside the organization, including upstream and downstream activities.
  • Start climate accounting on direct and indirect emissions.
  • Source sustainable materials for AutoStore production and explore ways to minimize waste and material use.
  • Consider offsetting/buying green certificates or guarantees of origin in order to lower GHG emissions.

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