Responsible production & operations

Bonnier Books aims to minimise the company’s negative impact on the environment and society throughout the lifecycle of our products. To achieve this, we strive to use materials with the lowest possible environmental impact, uphold labour and human rights standards across the supply chain and reduce the environmental impact of production and our offices. We will only work with suppliers that can demonstrate their contribution to our vision, their compliance with our policies, and their long-term efforts to improve standards and mitigate negative effects.

Key topics:

  • Product lifecycle (including climate and supplier assessments)
  • Offices

Climate action

The last decade was the warmest on record and we are seeing more extreme weather, rising sea levels and biodiversity loss. The climate crisis affects us all and the world’s nations quickly need to transition to low-carbon economies. Bold action is required to reach the Paris Agreement’s aim of curbing global warming to well below 2˚C compared with preindustrial levels.

We aim to achieve this by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions throughout the value chain, including our own operations, and offsetting the remaining emissions. It is important to emphasise that our main goal is to reduce our emissions both in the short and long term. Offsetting is what we do only to compensate for the emissions we cannot yet avoid.

We want to pull our own weight in this transition to a low-carbon world and in the autumn of 2020, we committed to set Science Based Targets. By doing so, we joined more than a thousand of the world’s most progressive companies in setting targets in line with the Paris Agreement.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
By 2025 all Bonnier Books’ emissions – from our own operations, our business travel, the production of our books and the materials we use – must have been reduced by 25 percent from the 2019 level. The target is in line with the most ambitious reduction trajectory of the Science Based Targets initiative, limiting global warming to 1.5˚C. Our target is also closely aligned with the most rigorous standard for measuring and achieving climate neutrality, PAS 2060, developed by the British Standards Institute.

Offsetting the remaining emissions
For the emissions we cannot currently avoid, we are investing in emission reduction projects registered under international standards such as Verra and verified by third-party auditing bodies such as DNV, from 2021. Furthermore, for every amount we earmark for climate protection projects, we will invest an additional 20 percent with the aim of removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over time than we emit.

Our greenhouse gas emissions, by source

tCO2e

2020

Share of total 

Direct greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1)

466.2

0.3%

Indirect greenhouse gas emissions from purchased electricity, heating and cooling (Scope 2)

860.5

0.6%

Other indirect greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 3)

138,169.7

99.1%

Total

139,496.4

100%

Greenhouse gas emissions intensity, by turnover (tCO2e/MSEK)

21.82

Sustainable supply chains

Our production is governed by Bonnier Books’ group-wide production policy and our Code of Conduct, which all printing suppliers must adhere to. It describes our minimum requirements for working conditions, human rights, and the environment. This includes occupational health and material sourcing. The Code of Conduct has been developed by The Book Chain Project.

We have developed a system for measuring the work of our printers according to three focus areas: environment, materials, as well as labour and human rights. The system is called EVA (Evaluate, Validate, Approve). This enables us to drive measurable development over time, motivate and compare our suppliers and provide concrete feedback in areas where improvements are required.