Frequently Asked Questions

Why have you committed to set a science-based target (rather than another target)?

Doing it right

We are committed to making changes that truly have an impact. To do this, we must align with the latest climate science in order to meet the goals of the Paris agreement – to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.

The Science Based Targets initiative mobilizes companies to set science-based targets in the transition to the low-carbon economy. It is a collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. The initiative defines and promotes best practices in science-based target setting, offers resources and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption, and independently assesses and approves companies’ targets.

We have chosen to use publicly available standards and third party certifiers to ensure our efforts in this area are science- and fact-based. We are committed to accountability and transparency throughout the process. We are assessing our full supply chain and product life cycles to ensure we can drive positive impact at every stage of the business cycle.

 

Looking at the full picture

Using the Institute for Energy, Ecology and Economy’s (DFGE) approach to carbon footprint accounting, we understand that it is important to go beyond Scopes 1 and 2 and assess Scope 3 emissions as well. This will help us to ensure we are looking at all greenhouse gas emissions and taking every opportunity to reduce them.

 

Scientific approach with validated data

Our data and targets will be validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative, who will ensure that our targets meet their rigorous criteria. We have selected third-party validation and calibration to ensure we are selecting initiatives that will have the desired impact, and to ensure we continually have access to the latest climate science data and best practices for corporations.

Why is taking climate action important to your company and sector?

Committed to families and future generations

Since our founding by a breastfeeding mother more than 35 years ago, Lansinoh has been committed to the health and well being of mothers and babies around the world. We serve families in more than 60 countries, offering effective and evidence-based education and products to ensure mothers and babies get the best possible start in their new lives together. But we cannot stop there. We must also ensure that all we do ensures a healthy future for the

families who place their trust in us. Their futures depend on climate action and we are committed to doing our part.

 

Companies must take action

The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 nations in 2015. While nations have a huge responsibility in setting the guidelines for their countries, they are limited in what they can do in the private sector. We are convinced that the worldwide climate targets can only be met if the private sector actively supports the targets. We are leaders in our industry and intend to ensure this leadership includes a science-based commitment to sustainability.

 

We want to encourage our stakeholders to take action

No one acts alone. We have many internal and external stakeholders, including employees, suppliers, distributors, and customers. We are committed to informing our stakeholders of our targets and will engage them in joining us so we can maximize our impact.

What benefits do you anticipate after setting a science-based target?

Investments will be followed by savings potential

This exercise will make Lansinoh a more efficient and durable company in a future where resources will become more and more expensive. We will be able to better control our costs while doing the right thing, which places us at a long-term competitive advantage.

 

Increase innovation

The changes we will implement will catalyze the development of new technologies and operational practices.

 

Reduce regulatory uncertainty

We will stay updated when it comes to future policies and regulations limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

 

Enhance communication with our stakeholders

Internally our employees are our most valuable resource. They deserve to work for a company doing its very best to make the world for them and their families better.

We work closely with health care professionals in all aspects of the business and this initiative will be the same. They will value our choice of a scientific approach to GHG emission reductions.

Among the broader community of consumers, we are valued both for our expertise in breastfeeding and for the high quality of our products and services. Our customers are young families to whom we feel obliged to deliver only the best information and products. We are convinced that their trust in us will rise when they see that we are making the right steps in reducing our GHG emissions.

 

Strengthen investor confidence and credibility

We expect to boost our credibility among our investors. They are increasingly looking at climate reducing activities of enterprises, as this is a critical component in ensuring long term corporate sustainability.

What do you think the challenges might be and how do you plan to overcome them?

Setting targets will be challenging

This is a big new initiative for the company, so there will of course be challenges. We have contracted with a consultant with expertise in this area and they are helping us to gather data across the enterprise and to ensure it is accurately compared and aggregated. This is a large undertaking simply because we haven’t done it before, but as we gain experience, we will develop efficient systems and tools to support data collection and analysis.

Target setting will be challenging as we have a complex operational structure and many stakeholders to include in the process. We are optimistic, though. Our employees and leadership team are fully aligned behind our vison and they understand the critical nature of this initiative. They are motivated to support the program and do all they can to ensure we set meaningful goals.

 

Prioritize

We expect our initial audit and assessment will reveal many opportunities for improvement. Our leadership team will assess all opportunities and use a ranking system to prioritize action. Ranking factors will include ease of implementation, impact (both in GHG and on the organization and culture), and complexity for the business. This ranking process will allow us to develop a multi-year project roadmap.

 

Step by step

Each project and milestone on the roadmap will be led by project teams who are responsible for their assessment, planning and implementation. Once they have an approved project plan, they will be empowered to drive projects forward without excessive red tape. Our executive team will be available, however, to advise and address any major obstacles. As an organization, we prioritize fast and decisive action, and this is one of our competitive advantages. We will use this same mindset for this initiative to ensure rapid progress towards our goals. As part of our regular quarterly review and reporting process, we will require project leaders to update the executive team on their progress, enabling us to quickly identify and correct any deviation from our timeline. Use buy-in of teams to be creative and reactive

Each project team will have an executive champion assigned for additional support. This will ensure buy-in throughout the organization. Progress against all initiatives will be incorporated into all employees’ performance objectives. We have also created ESG engagement teams in each of our offices. The members of these teams will implement locally relevant programs that simultaneously help to drive action and transform our culture into one that is deeply committed to environmental stewardship at all levels.

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