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One of our strategic targets is to be a leader in sustainability and we strive for continuous improvement in all our business activities. Our sustainability focus areas include driving innovation and improving resource efficiency, providing the most sustainable offering, being the best employer and attracting talent as well as enabling our partners and societies to prosper. At KONE, we believe that sustainability is a source of innovation and a competitive advantage for us. Conducting business in a responsible way with good corporate governance supports us in creating long-term value for shareholders.

For the elevator and escalator industry, urbanization is an important megatrend and also an opportunity to help make cities better places to live. As today’s cities account for 75% of global energy consumption and buildings constitute 40% of it, by providing eco-efficient solutions to buildings KONE can help reduce cities’ impact to the environment. With breakthrough technologies such as the KONE MonoSpace 500 and UltraRope, a superlight hoisting rope, KONE is an industry pioneer in developing eco-efficient solutions.

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The installed base of elevators and escalators is aging rapidly, especially in Europe and North America. By modernizing elevators installed in 1985 or earlier with the best available technology, energy savings of up to 63% can be achieved (Source: Energy Efficiency of Elevators and Escalators (E4) study supported by the European Commission).

Read more in our Sustainability Report 2019

KONE Corporation has set science-based targets for significant reductions in its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the year 2030. KONE's targets are the most ambitious in the industry and have been validated against the latest climate science by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). In another first for the industry, KONE has pledged to have carbon neutral operations by 2030.

Read more in the related release

Sustainability reporting

KONE’s sustainability reporting follows the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) guidelines. KONE’s Sustainability Report 2019 was published in April 2020. KONE’s operational greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption at KONE's manufacturing units disclosed in the report have been externally assured.

KONE’s Annual Review 2019 also contains information on ESG topics such as non-financial risks and risk management.

Policies supporting sustainable business

KONE is committed to conducting its business in a responsible and sustainable way and we expect the same from all our suppliers. We comply with the laws and rules of the societies in which we operate. Our everyday work is guided by the KONE Code of Conduct and other company policies and guidelines, such as the following:

  • Supplier Code of Conduct
  • Distributor Code of Conduct
  • Competition Compliance Policy
  • Tax Strategy
  • Quality and Environmental Manual
  • HR Policies (related to e.g. recruitment and compensation)
  • Risk management policy
  • Safety management system
  • Information Security Policy
  • Personal Data Protection Policy
  • Treasury policy
  • Insider Policy

In addition, KONE is an active participant in organizations developing codes, standards and guidelines for improving safety, accessibility, energy efficiency, as well as other organizations advancing sustainable development.

Sustainability indices

KONE is included in the following third-party assessments, among others:

  • The Global 100 by Corporate Knights
  • CDP
  • FTSE4Good Index Series
  • Forbes' 2019 Global 2000: World's Best Employers list
  • Nasdaq OMX Sustainability Finland Index
  • STOXX Global ESG Leaders
  • ECPI Indices
  • Solactive ISS Low Carbon index