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Sustainability

“When I think of sustainability, there are three words that stand out – balance, respect and footprint.” 

Svenn Poulsen, Group Vice President Wellspect HealthCare and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Dentsply IH AB. 
 
At Wellspect, we work with a holistic approach, where the environmental, social and economic aspects of our business are interdependent and crucial to our success. We use our resources  effectively and responsibly and work to make a real difference, now, and for the future. 

Sustainability strategy 

Dentsply IH AB, which includes Dentsply Sirona Implants and Wellspect Healthcare, works for a sustainable society in which a holistic approach where environmental, social and economic aspects are interdependent and crucial to the result. We use our resources effectively and responsibly and work to make a difference for current and future generations. 

As a leading healthcare and dental implant company, we are: 

Proactive, in our view of the environment. We take our responsibility seriously and encourage the development and implementation of processes and technologies with as little impact as possible on the environment. We reduce the environmental impact by using the principles reduce, reuse and recycle. We use life-cycle assessments to reduce the environmental impact of our products. 

Caring, when it comes to protecting the health and well-being of our employees. We want our employees to feel safe and happy at work, and to have the opportunity to develop both professionally and as individuals. Our work environment should be characterized by openness and all individuals should be treated equally and with respect. No employee should suffer from illness or injury because of the work. 

We are constantly improving our work environment, both organizationally, socially and physically. We comply with all applicable governmental  requirements and other commitments that we have made. We run our business from a sustainability perspective and have guidelines in place for the environment, health and safety in all parts of the organization and value chain. 

Committed, to continuous improvement for a sustainable future. Continuous improvement is a must for us to be able to take our corporate responsibility and strengthen our competitiveness. Through open dialogues with our stakeholders, we can understand what expectations we face as a company and how we can develop and improve. We carry out materiality analyzes in order to find out which sustainability aspects should be prioritized. Our processes ensure that we respect human rights and counteract corruption, the same goes for our partners. Our responsibility as a company is about respect for the people who live now, for those who lived before us and for future generations.

Our focus areas 

We are actively working with sustainability in many areas. To help structure and clarify our work, four focus areas were established.

  • Good health and well-being
  • Safe, committed and inspiring workplace
  • Becoming climate neutral
  • Sustainable production throughout the value chain 
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Important events

Increased focus on sustainability
Sustainability is an increasingly important aspect of our business. Wellspect intensified the work during 2019 by developing a new sustainability model and implementing a number of activities at our headquarters and production site Mölndal. This work continues during 2020 to integrate the sustainable aspect into everything we do; processes, decision making, follow-up, tools and systems, training etc. We will also involve our production site in Kazan into this work, as well as our subsidiaries in other countries. 
 
Preparing for a greener LoFric: Production site Mölndal modified its coating process to enable the use of solvents with lower environmental impact and the use of less water and chemicals. The new environmental permit that was approved in 2019 enables the conversion.

Product development: Wellspect launched a new urinary catheter for women; LoFric Elle. This product was developed in collaboration with users and healthcare practitioners, with increased dignity as a key focus point. In all stages of the development process, the product’s environmental footprint was considered, and life cycle analysis was an important tool in the decision-making process. Large parts of the product packaging are for example recyclable. 

Reduced production waste: Wellspect reduced its waste from production, for example in the coating and punching processes, as well as in the packaging of LoFric Sense, LoFric Origo and LoFric HydroKit. This has been achieved through cooperation between Manufacturing, Quality and R&D departments, and by using digital tools and methods from the Lean toolbox. 

CO2: Greenhouse gas emissions deriving from business travels were reduced with 37% by increasing the number of digital meetings, choosing to travel by train more often and with a more restrictive travel policy in general.

Chemicals: During 2019 most of the chemicals used at site Mölndal were reviewed and 138 chemicals were substituted either completely or to a better alternative. 
 

A greener catheter surface more in balance with nature.

An important part of our continuous work to reduce the environmental impact from our products and processes has been to implement a new coating process for LoFric.

If you are interested in the life cycle assessment study of LoFric, please contact your local representative.

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