Managing sustainability

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Sustainability commitment

Our commitment to sustainability and responsible business is based on our purpose and strategy, which along with our sustainable development objectives create the framework for developing the company's activities and products. Wärtsilä’s management system and other sustainability tools provide us the means to assess our performance and to improve our operations and products continuously.

Wärtsilä applies global guiding principles, such as the Quality, Environmental, Health & Safety policy (QEHS policy) and the Code of Conduct, which, together with the company's values, ensure a harmonised way of working towards sustainable development. In addition to the aforementioned, the Corporate Manual includes other policies and directives, a description of the company's operating procedures, responsibilities, and the management system structure. 

Sustainability performance management

Wärtsilä's Board of Management has overall responsibility for sustainability performance. The Board of Management approves the guiding principles and reviews the content on a regular basis. The Board of Management defines sustainability targets and monitors performance against these set targets. Performance is reviewed in connection with the management reviews at both Wärtsilä's Board of Management and Business Management Team levels.

The Board of Directors reviews major sustainability issues on an annual basis. In addition, the Board of Management identifies major critical concerns and, when necessary, communicates such concerns to the Board of Directors.

Wärtsilä's sustainability function is responsible for providing the necessary information to management, identifying development needs, as well as for coordinating sustainability programmes and preparing instructions. The function cooperates closely with the Businesses and the supporting functions, such as Human Resources, Legal Affairs, Compliance and Quality. It also collects and consolidates sustainability data from the subsidiaries.

Wärtsilä has clearly defined responsibilities, which are supported by necessary instructions and training. This training covers, for example, the Code of Conduct, anti-corruption, as well as environmental and occupational health and safety issues. Wärtsilä monitors its sustainability performance by utilising the information provided by various sustainability tools and activities, such as internal audits and compliance processes.

Wärtsilä tools for sustainability

Basic principles Systems and processes Others
Purpose and Strategy Quality Management System Sustainability target setting
Corporate Governance Environmental Management System Sustainability management reviews
Corporate policies and principles: Code of Conduct and QEHS Policy Occupational Health and Safety Management System Business development tools: Due diligence, Environmental surveys
Corporate Manual Supplier Management System Stakeholder dialogue
Corporate requirements for suppliers Risk management process Sustainability reporting

Continuous improvement process
: performance measurement, target setting, taking actions and review of the results

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