Sustainable operations

 
 
For XANO, sustainability means accepting responsibility for the way the Group’s operations affect society from an environmental, social and economic perspective. Sustainability is a natural part of business. We have to use all our resources with care and work efficiently at every stage in order to be profitable.
 
The XANO spirit is based on the Group’s origins in the southern Swedish province of Småland. The most important common denominator for the Group’s companies is entrepreneurial spirit with a strong drive. The companies have flat organisations with rapid decision-making paths and short times before arriving at solutions. Leadership is down-to-earth and close at hand, with clear demands for participation from all employees, a working climate with stakeholder relations characterised by openness and a high ceiling.  

In order to achieve success, we believe in strong relations, which is the background to our long-term investments in our companies. This provides each unit with the scope to develop its own resources. For XANO, this is sustainable development.
 
Find out more from our sustainability report.   XANO_2017_sustainability-report.jpg
 

 

Secure skills provision through diversity & integration

During 2017, LK Precision launched a collaboration with Haninge Municipality’s labour market unit, with the aim of securing LK Precision’s skills provision through diversity and integration. 
       During spring 2017, LK Precision needed to take on more employees, but was having difficulty finding personnel for its production process. After surveying and testing various recruitment channels, production manager Fredrik Marknäs came across details regarding an offer of collaboration from Haninge Municipality. Fredrik made contact with the recruitment agent Jens Gustafson von Zeipel and together they looked at LK Precision’s specific opportunities and needs. Around a week later, Fredrik was contacted by Jens, who announced that he had a possible candidate for a work placement position, called Hassan Beddel. Hassan had been awarded his residence permit in Sweden two years previously, and since then had been trying to find a job. Hassan was offered and accepted the work placement, which lasted for two months.  
       “Hassan immediately became an asset for LK Precision. He did very well and was very keen to learn,” says Ebrima John, who acted as Hassan’s mentor during the placement period. Fredrik agrees, adding: 
       “We invested our time but nothing else, and this started to pay off as early as the second week.”
       In December 2017, Hassan was offered a permanent position at LK Precision. When Hassan is asked what this has meant to him, he says: 
       “I am now self-sufficient and no longer dependent on welfare. By getting a job, I am becoming part of Swedish society.” 
       At the end of 2017, the municipality and LK Precision launched another collaboration project. With the support of the municipality, the company hopes to be able to secure the provision of skills in the long term.

 

       “This collaboration is undoubtedly a win-win situation,” says Fredrik. 
       “Our contacts with the commercial sector are incredibly important,” emphasises Jens from the municipality’s perspective. Ebrima agrees, stressing: 
       “Everyone who comes to Sweden has something to offer that can benefit companies, and it is important for us at LK Precision to see and attract them before someone else does.” 
       “There are undoubtedly approaches we have not thought of before when it comes to identifying potential labour. The people are out there – it’s just a matter of finding them – and we found Hassan,” concludes Fredrik.

Recyclable and recycled plastic – an obvious choice for Cipax

Through conscious, strategic initiatives at all stages of the value chain – within its own organisation as well as in the supplier and customer stages – Cipax aims to assume greater environmental responsibility. One important ingredient in this work is to manufacture products that are as environmentally friendly as possible. 
       Cipax’s products are made from recyclable materials such as polyethylene, polyamide and polypropylene, whereas several competitors are using fibreglass in their manufacturing process – a material that usually becomes landfill waste after use. 
       The production of plastic components results in waste material, which is negative for the environment if it is not dealt with and recycled. Cipax has developed technology and process flows for ensuring that surplus material and used components are reused for the manufacture of new products – a lifecycle approach that benefits both the environment and the company’s profitability.
       At present, Cipax’s own volume of recycled material is not sufficient to meet the every higher demand. Through extended collaborations with customers and other external parties regarding collection and handling, Cipax will gradually gain access to larger quantities for reuse.
       Cipax is distinguishing itself on the market by manufacturing plastic products that are as environmentally friendly as possible. The picture shows a compost container made from 100 per cent recyclable polyethylene plastic and where part of the raw material comprises recycled material.

Mikroverktyg – employer branding via development and solidarity

Mikroverktyg is part of XANO’s Precision Technology business unit. The company manufactures precision components and transmission parts, as well as tools, fixtures, prototypes and special equipment. Generating commitment at work is one of Mikroverktyg’s areas of focus.  
       The EMO trade fair is one of the world’s largest meeting places for manufacturing industry and arranged in Hanover in September 2017. Mikroverktyg’s participation generally relates to keeping an eye on competitors and monitoring new technology. Prior to the fair in Hanover, the company’s management offered all personnel the opportunity to attend, both to aid skills development and to strengthen the sense of solidarity.
The activity was voluntary, and out of a total of around 50 employees, some 30 opted to take part. They were given the opportunity to meet trade colleagues and acquaint themselves with the latest technology.
       Mikroverktyg’s CEO Kjell Wallin’s vision for the trip was that it would contribute to skills development and create a stronger employer brand. 
       “We have to dare to invest in our personnel, as they are the company’s most important resource,” concludes Kjell. 

Long-term collaboration for a more sustainable operation

An important aspect of the sustainability concept is a long-term approach that includes responsibility for products, solutions and relations. An example of the latter is Fredriksons collaboration with Tetra Pak, which has extended over many years. Fredriksons is a leader in the development and manufacture of conveyor systems for the packaging industry. The company’s customers can be found in the food, medical technology, environmental and other technical industries.
       Tetra Pak – a company that was established in 1951 and is now a world leader when it comes to processing and packaging solutions for food – is one of Fredriksons’ customers.

The business relationship between the two companies began back in the 1960s. Thanks to a long-term approach and mutual trust, they have worked together over the years to make food safe and accessible and, as far as possible, to eliminate adverse effects from a sustainability perspective.
       Tetra Pak’s goal as regards their supplier relations is to minimise negative effects and instead supply something positive to the companies, people and communities with which their supplier chain is associated. As part of this work, Fredriksons undertakes to comply with Tetra Pak’s code of conduct for suppliers. The code sets out Tetra Pak’s expectations in respect of its business partners based on the ten principles in the UN’s Global Compact.
       In order to evaluate how well the conditions in the code are being followed, Tetra Pak has drawn up a control framework. The company demands that selected suppliers sign up to Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), through which Tetra Pak gains access to detailed results regarding the level of compliance. Furthermore, Tetra Pak use an internal scorecard to continually follow up results in relation to quality, lead times and price, for example. With the aid of an independent party, financial audits are also conducted.
       Tetra Pak is extremely satisfied with Fredriksons as a supplier, as can be seen from the collaboration that has now lasted for more than 50 years. The potential for improvement exists within all relationships, however. Fredriksons is currently achieving 100 per cent compliance with the code of conduct, and has limited its dependence on Tetra Pak by extending its customer portfolio.
       Within all the sectors in which Fredriksons operates, business customers stipulate high demands as regards sustainability, professionalism and quality in their supplier chains. Fredriksons appreciates these demands – together with its customers, the company is striving to create more sustainable business and, in the long term, a more sustainable society. 

Skills development


XANO’s objective is for all employees to possess the correct skills. The Group’s companies are constantly striving to increase the skills of their employees, for example through training programmes within XANO Academy.
       XANO Academy is the Group’s internal training arena. The purpose of the academy is to strengthen and profile XANO as an employer, to invest in employees, to facilitate a platform for internal networks, to achieve increased competitive advantages and to create a forum for the communication and implementation of XANO’s core values.  
       The development programmes usually run for a period of six to twelve months and are divided into six modules, the content of which is adapted according to the target group’s structure and skills requirements. To date, various groups of production personnel as well as employees with a sales focus and executive leaders have attended internal training courses.