Martin Olsson is Head of the Leaf Tobacco Department at Swedish Match. A position that his international experience makes him well-suited for. The fact is, that at Swedish Match sustainability is of equal importance on a global or a local scale.
Swedish Match’s market-leading position means that the company can contribute to a more sustainable society and, when you have such a possibility, naturally, it’s important to utilize that chance. This is the opinion of Martin Olsson, Head of the Leaf Tobacco Department at Swedish Match.
“We are involved in numerous projects that are improving conditions for both people and the environment. These can cover social aspects such as ensuring that our suppliers’ employees have access to medical care and the correct work attire, or environmental issues, such as reviewing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing energy and water use.
Martin Olsson has previous experience of the global market, which will be extremely useful in his current position. He often visits suppliers around the world to inspect plantations and factories, which he stresses is a key factor for gaining an understanding of their circumstances. He points out that Swedish Match procures tobacco from the same suppliers year after year to ensure that the social investment is as well integrated as possible into operations.
“We are involved in projects in countries including Brazil and the Philippines. The Bom Menino project is being run in Brazil, where we manufacture lighters and matches. The project provides young people with training and then employment at Swedish Match. In the Philippines, we implemented an extra initiative following last year’s typhoon by donating emergency aid to help build houses for those families affected. Sustainability efforts at Swedish Match aim to promote a positive change for producers and the areas in which they operate.
Global and local initiatives
ISO certification of production facilities is continuing worldwide. Ten of the 12 principal facilities are now certified in line with the ISO 14001/ISO 9001 standard. Many of the employees at Swedish Match have undergone an internal training program focused on environmental issues and the intensive efforts have led to high sustainability goals among the personnel.
“At Swedish Match’s offices it goes without saying that we choose low-energy lamps, do not print unless necessary, and we turn off computers and turn out the lights when we go home. It is important that environmental efforts pervade our entire operations and, just like all the other elements of our sustainability efforts, that it is part of our DNA.”
Published: Sep, 2014