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Our seven goals for sustainable development

In 2018 we determined seven SDG’s out of the 17 defined by the UN. These goals provide a tool to examine sustainable business in the long term.

In 2016, the United Nations published 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 to address the global challenges that we face all around the world. They are created to promote prosperity while protecting the environment.

In 2018, we determined 7 SDG’s, which are important for Nokian Tyres. These seven sustainability development goals
provide a tool to examine sustainable business in the long term.

Our 7 Sustainable Development Goals    
SDG Targets by the UN Our actions

3 Good health and well-being 

By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.

By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination.

We improve road safety through continuous development of wet and ice grip.

We were the first in our business to stop the use of high aromatic oils.

5 Gender equality 

End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making. We have several women in high decision-making posts, for instance our CEO, Hille Korhonen. We have updated our Code of Conduct and do regular audits to ensure our policies are followed in the supply chain as well.

8 Decent work and economic growth

Protect labor rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.  The follow-up audits we conducted in 2018 showed significant improvement especially in labor rights. 

9 Sustainable industry, innovation and infrastructure 

By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes. We have managed to reduce our yearly energy consumption by 2,5% per production ton. A scrubber was installed in the power plant that provides our energy in Nokia, Finland. Three months after the installment it had already reduced the need for fuel by 20 GWh, which equals approximately 185 truckloads of fuel.

11 Sustainable cities and communities 

By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety.

By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.

We have reduced the rolling resistance of our tires by 8% in average compared to 2013 levels, which brings less CO2 emissions and thus improves air quality.

We improve road safety by producing tires with enhanced wet grip and handling.  

12 Responsible consumption

By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.

By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.

By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation.

Almost 100% of used tires are recycled in the Nordic countries and around 95% in Europe.

In Russia our factory launched an Eco-Challenge to empty illegal tire dumps.

Waste management is also being developed in the natural rubber processing plants that we audit.

13 Climate action 

Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.

Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

In 2018, we committed ourselves to set Science Based Targets and we aim to achieve approval by 2020.

We continuously improve energy efficiency in our operations by reducing our yearly energy consumption by 1% per production ton. In 2018, we exceeded our target with a 2.5% reduction versus the previous year.