Sustainability

At Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, we believe that sustainable business practices not only help foster a better future; they also translate to better productivity and efficiency.

From operations to logistics, we strive to be a leading sustainability partner for our customers and to help them achieve more sustainable business practices.

Our sustainable business strategy is based on international guidelines and principles, aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and embedded in our everyday business practices.

We’ve established four overarching sustainability goals for 2030 — circularity, climate change, fair play and people — that are given the same prominence as traditional business targets and will remain a core consideration in our development of solutions for the mining and rock excavation industries.


Circularity

From our rebuild solutions that prolong equipment lifecycles to our recycling programs for steel and cemented carbide, we’ve launched a range of initiatives to support our aim of making our products and packaging at least 90 percent circular by 2030. We also aspire to halve waste from production: reducing waste or repurposing what might otherwise be waste minimizes the amount of new materials we need to create.


Climate Change

We’ve reduced our carbon emissions through reformed logistics approaches, part of our pursuit to halve our CO2 footprint by 2030. We also capture waste heat released in production processes and redistribute it to warm our facilities. We engineer energy-efficient equipment to help our customers reduce their carbon footprints. Our battery-electric mining equipment produces less heat and zero exhaust emissions, which significantly reduces a mine’s CO2 footprint.


Fair Play

Our compliance system is fully embedded in all business operations. Internal business controls alert for any risks in relation to possible poor business practices, particularly when operating in countries where bribery and corruption are an issue. We’re also committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workforce where at least a third of managers are women.


People

Safety is always our top priority. We aim to halve the rate of injury and occupational illnesses among our employees and to improve health and safety at our customers’ sites through mine electrification, which reduces the health impact of particulate matter from diesel exhaust. Digitalization and automation also help reduce injury risk, allowing equipment to be remotely maneuvered to hazardous and difficult-to-access locations.


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Hand in hand

4 March 2020

Is it possible to achieve sustainable business practices, long-term growth and profitability at the same time? Henrik Ager, President of Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, believes that business strategy and sustainability go hand in hand.

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Change agent

13 July 2020

Launched by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) in 2018, the Innovation for Cleaner, Safer Vehicles (ICSV) programme was inaugurated to address three of the most critical safety, health and environment performance issues on its mission towards zero harm...

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Irrigation inspiration

8 June 2020

A milestone project using mine-impacted water to irrigate crops has revealed potential to increase food production, empower local communities and improve sustainability for the mining and agricultural sectors.

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Sustainable business at Sandvik Group

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