The most significant environmental impacts of the Stockmann Group's own operations arise fromenergy consumption, waste, and transportation. Environmental impacts are monitored closely within the divisions and at the different business locations. This enables any divergences in consumption or waste to be addressed quickly.
The company's environmental responsibility also extends to the supply chain. Through the project and in cooperation with various players, the use of water, chemicals and energy has been reduced at various factories and their production costs have also decreased.
Energy and Water Consumption
The Group's energy consumption mainly consists of electricity, heating and district heating. Energy is consumed by the lighting, ventilation, heating and cooling systems in the stores, warehouses and offices, as well as by the equipment and machinery in these facilities, including lifts, escalators, refrigeration and IT equipment. Most of the water is used in the department stores'restaurant, kitchen and sanitary facilities. Increasing attention is being given to environmental matters in the store modifications and new store concepts within the Department Store Division and the Fashion Chain Division.
The Stockmann Group comprises 16 department stores and over 700 other stores. The stores extend from the Nordic countries to Russia and Saudi Arabia. We serve customers in different countries and continents, and so emissions are produced in the distribution of goods to our stores. Attention is focused on the efficient and environmentally friendly movement of product flows. More information on the emissions caused by transports can be found on Stockmann's carbon footprint page.
Waste management and recycling
The waste generated by the divisions' operations is mainly packaging waste, such as cardboard and plastic. The Department Store Division also generates biodegradable waste as a result of the operations of the central kitchen, the Delicatessen food department and restaurants and cafés. The total amount of waste decreased in 2013.
Attention has been focused in waste sorting and recovery. In 2013, The Finnish department stores exceeded their ambitious target of a 95 per cent waste sorting rate with a result of 96.2 per cent. Sorting at source is used at the head offices and logistics centres of Lindex and Seppälä, and a total of 99 per cent of the waste generated was utilised.
We provide our customers with the opportunity to recycle with us. For example, customers can return used electrical appliances and electronic equipment, batteries, fluorescent lamps and energy saving bulbs to Stockmann department stores and Hobby Hall store. During 2013 various recycling campaigns were organised in cooperation with goods suppliers. For example, a campaign to recycle frying pans was organised with Hackmann in all the department stores in Finland.
Stockmann aims to minimize the environmental burden of packaging materials and offer customers material efficient choices. Information on the use of packaging materials by Stockmann Retail and Lindex is provided according to the GRI G4 reporting guidelines, indicator EN1: Use of Packaging Materials 2016 (pdf) .