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Approach to sustainability

For decades, Tikkurila has persistently developed and promoted high-quality and user-friendly surface treatment solutions that are safe for both people and the environment. Sustainability in product development, raw materials, production, and through them in end products steers everything we do. It means a smart choice for our customers – durable and beautiful surfaces made responsibly.

Sustainability programme 

’A Colourful Tomorrow’ is the company’s Sustainability programme, through which we are able develop our responsibility efforts in a strategic manner. It defines the promises and goals of our sustainability in three key areas: sourcing, production, and products

We evaluate the progress of the responsibility programme by measuring our targets using KPIs.

Code of conduct

Our sustainability is guided also by the Tikkurila Code of conduct (House Rules). In addition, Tikkurila's Supplier Code of Conduct describes the ethical and responsible business requirements we place on our suppliers and subcontractors in more detail.

Also, our certificates support our sustainability. These certificates provide validation that Tikkurila’s management methods, processes, and practices comply with international quality, environmental, occupational health and safety standards, and that these practices are being continuously developed.

Commitments 

We are committed to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, from which we have selected the following four focus areas as the central goals for Tikkurila’s operations:

  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate action

 
Tikkurila is a member of the Green Building Council Finland association and is committed to the international Green Building Council goals, which are to develop the ecology of the buildings and construction industry.

We offer a comprehensive number of products, services, and total solutions that comply with the LEED, BREEAM, WELL, and RTS Environmental Certificate criteria. At present, Tikkurila already has more than 350 eco-labelled products.

Tikkurila is a member of the FIBS Corporate Responsibility Network.

Reporting

We publish an annual Sustainability report. The most recent Report was published in March 2021.

The Report was prepared in accordance with GRI G4 standards, where applicable. It includes, among other things, the GRI content index.

Tikkurila received the D ranking in the CDP 2021 evaluation.

We report on our sustainability and its development through EcoVadis CSR platform. We reached the Gold category in September 2021. It includes only 5% of all companies and 4% of the companies in the paint industry.

Management

Tikkurila's sustainability is managed and implemented through the steering committee, management team, and working groups. In addition to the members of the groups, the company's other experts from, for example, industrial and professional sales, production, and product development, participate in the work.

Sustainability steering committee 

The sustainability steering committee approves and prioritises sustainability goals and sets budgets and strategic plans. 

Members: Managing Director and Leadership Team members representing the following functions: Business transformation, Operations, HR, Sourcing, Sales, and Marketing & Portfolio

Sustainability management team

The sustainability management team prepares the roadmap for the 'A Colourful Tomorrow’ corporate sustainability programme and defines the roles and responsibilities for the Sustainability teams and their activities. It monitors our progress towards the goals and acts as the main platform to share our knowledge, expertise, and understanding of sustainable development.

Members: Sustainability (chair), working group chairs (Sourcing, Operations, and Research development and innovation), Communications, Legal, Finance, HR, and Sales.

Sustainability working groups

The sustainability teams carry out day-to-day tasks in accordance with the objectives of the Sustainability Programme and its Roadmap. The teams are also responsible for maintaining detailed plans and projects.

Working groups: Sourcing Sustainability, Operations Sustainability, and Product & Offering Sustainability.

Stakeholder relations

We have an active dialogue with our stakeholders to understand their needs, wishes, and concerns. Interaction is an important source of information that influences the way we develop our business and our sustainability agenda. In addition, it helps us to select the priorities of our operations and necessary development measures.

Our main stakeholders are

  • Customers and those influencing purchasing decisions 
  • Business partners
  • Employees
  • Owners
  • Authorities, regulators, and other legal and regulatory stakeholders 
  • Competitors
  • Industry associations and other such organisations
  • Universities, expert organisations, laboratories, and other non-governmental organisations 

 

You can read more about Tikkurila's sustainability in our Sustainability Report
 

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