Sustainability

The AutoStore 2020 ESG Report

Accountability

Keeping Ourselves on Track

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. It’s important that we stay true to those values, which is why we’ve introduced an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) tracking program.

Making sure we’re always accountable and on-task to meet our sustainability goals is now a permanent part of the AutoStore culture. Today, we keep constant watch over our behaviors with the goal of releasing an annual report detailing year-over-year progress in key metric categories such as the environment, diversity, and ethics. We’re proud to release our first ESG report that you can download below.

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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