Environmental assessments

In addition to emissions from our own operations, K Group’s biggest climate impact comes from emissions from the value chain of products. Indirect Scope 3 emissions come from the lifecycle emissions of products and services sold, including the primary production of raw materials, manufacture of products, packaging, transport, and product use.

CDP Supply Chain

Kesko participates in the CDP Supply Chain programme. CDP is a global environmental non-profit organisation that annually collects detailed data from companies on their efforts to combat and adapt to climate change.

Our objective is to have science-based reduction targets set for two-thirds of Kesko’s direct supplier emissions by 2025. To reach the objective, we challenge our approximately 200 biggest suppliers by spend - which corresponds to 2/3 of our purchases by euros, to cut their emissions and to report on their climate targets and action through CDP's climate change questionnaire.

In 2021, we invited our 182 biggest suppliers to cut their emissions and to report on them to CDP. Of the suppliers invited, 65% accepted the challenge and reported on their emissions reduction targets to CDP. 19% of suppliers who replied, had set science-based targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

Other supplier environmental assessments

In 2021, KOPO (Kesko Onninen Purchasing Office), the purchasing office of the building and technical trade division in Shanghai, carried out an audit on 45 suppliers with a focus on environmental management and the ISO 14001 environmental system. At the end of 2021, 55 suppliers had a valid ISO 14001 certification.

We participate in the amfori BEPI programme, which aims to develop environmental management of suppliers in risk countries. At the end of 2021, 15 of our suppliers in risk countries participated in the amfori BEPI process.

As part of the IGS (ICA Global Sourcing) purchasing cooperation, we have introduced the IGS Environmental Assessment in which we ask suppliers for information on their energy consumption and sources and their measures taken to reduce energy consumption. No IGS Environmental Assessments were carried out in 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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