Environment


Össur aims to minimize the Company‘s environmental footprint and takes its responsibility seriously. The company focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from operations, products and supply chain, and thereby contributing to both UN Sustainable Development Goals number 12 and 13.

We apply our core company values, Honesty, Frugality and Courage, in our approach towards sustainability. We show courage in setting ambitious goals but at the same time we are honest about where we stand, acknowledge the challenges we face and what we can improve. We apply frugality by using resources efficiently and minimizing waste in our processes. In all our decisions we respect sustainability‘s triple bottom line, aiming to keep a balance between our impacts on planet, people and profit.

Our Products

Reduce the environmental footprint of our products.

Our Carbon Footprint

Prepare and implement a plan for Carbon Neutral Operations at Össur

Our Supply Chain

Collaborate with our key suppliers on reducing their environmental impacts and improving their sustainability performance

Our Products

Responsible environmental management does not only apply to manufacturing and logistics, but also to what companies place on the market in the form of products and services. Throughout a product development phase, multiple decisions are taken that can affect the environmental impact of the company such as raw material choice, manufacturing methods, supply chain set-up and the choice of packaging methods and materials. Within Össur’s R&D department, the Product Stewardship project aims to reduce the environmental impacts of Össur’s products and packaging. This reflects the Company’s commitment to contributing to UN Sustainable Goal 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production.

Goal 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
Action & ProgressTarget2020 Status

Sustainable product design

  • Establish data on carbon footprint of the current product portfolio
  • Identify opportunities for carbon footprint reduction
  • Build internal development processes to act on carbon footprint of future products
  • Selected products in current product portfolio analyzed with respect to their carbon footprint
  • Opportunities for carbon footprint reduction of selected products identified
  • Internal education and awareness
  • Sustainability Workshops

Reduce material in product packaging

  • Eliminate single use plastic
  • Reduce total material consumption
  • Pro-Flex Foot line packaging re-design:
    100% reduction in polyurethane
    - 10% less in total material
    - 50% recycled material
  • Recycling information incorporated

Carbon Neutral Company

Energy and fuel consumption, transportation of raw materials and finished goods, business travel, and waste disposal are all part of the operations of a global manufacturing company, and all result in Greenhouse Gas emission. In recognition of the Company‘s commitment to sustainable development and to commemorate Össur’s 50th anniversary, Össur will be Carbon Neutral in 2021 for energy and fuel consumption, business travel, transportation of goods and waste generation. This represents direct and indirect emissions (Scope 1 and 2) and selected Scope 3 emissions, according to Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Össur will reach carbon neutrality by reducing emission and improve energy efficiency, source electricity from renewable energy sources and offset remaining emissions through VCS and Gold Standard projects to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Goal 13 - Climate Action
Action & ProgressTarget2020 Status

Continuously improve Össur‘s Greenhouse Gas emission reporting

Establish an overview of Össur‘s carbon footprint

Emission data added for:

  • 6 Össur locations
  • Transportation of goods
  • Clinics
  • Car fleet
  • Finished Goods Suppliers electricity consumption

Source electricity from renewable energy sources

100%

24% of electricity with Guarantee of Origin (GO) certification

Reduce emissions from business travel and freight

-10%

40% reduction, reflecting COVID-19 impacts on business travel (70% reduction)

Carbon Neutral company

Carbon neutral in 2021

  • Partner selected (First Climate)
  • Emissions calculations verified by First Climate

Our Supply Chain

Össur acknowledges the environmental impacts within the supply chain and aims to control and minimize it. We believe in a step-by-step approach and the power of collaboration, and are continually working on improving the sustainability performance within the Company‘s value chain. We monitor electricity consumption from our Finished Goods Suppliers and include it in our scope for carbon neutrality.