A robust and strong approach to Governance ensures support for our sustainability strategy across the business. The ERIKS Management Board is responsible for cascading policies to the Countries and Product Groups. The Board is led by the Chief Executive Officer and includes executives with responsibility for finance, operations and human resources (HR).
As part of our commitment to sustainability, the CEO has special responsibility for our strategy in this area. The Sustainability Manager reports directly to the CEO and is supported throughout the regions by a group of sustainability champions that dedicate part of their time to delivering our strategy. Champions are supported by a Sustainability Committee in each region that drive local initiatives.
We ensure that our Champions can (as a minimum) dedicate 20% of their time to the role, rather than having to find time in addition to substantive roles. With sustainability targets ranging from employee wellbeing to energy emissions, a broad variety of skills and knowledge is essential. Within each country, Sustainability Champions report to their Regional Board, demonstrating the high-level interest in, and support for, the topic.
To engage more individuals and help drive progress, the Sustainability Champions organise the regional sustainability committees. In addition, champions and representatives from across our global organisation form the Group Sustainability Committee. This committee holds a virtual meeting every month and meets up in person at least once a year.