ASSA ABLOY releases Sustainability Report 2009 Some of the highlights in the 2009 sustainability report are reduced consumption of water and energy and carbon dioxide emissions, all for comparable units. ASSA ABLOY took a number of steps during the year 2009 to improve the benchmarking of data and use of information, and to increase transparency for the Group's stakeholders. “Some of the highlights in the 2009 sustainability report are that we have managed to reduce the consumption of water and energy and we have reduced our carbon dioxide emissions, all for comparable units. We have also expanded our reporting, now 180 units report on sustainability,” says Stefan Tisell, Director Production Processes and Environmental Sustainability. “ASSA ABLOY is convinced that the best way to achieve truly sustainable development in the Group is to integrate sustainability with the main business processes, which are sales, logistics, manufacturing, product development and sourcing. Sustainability should never be a stand-alone process or something we simply add on top of what we do. The integrated approach ensures that sustainability becomes a natural part of everyday work for all our employees,” says Johan Molin, President and CEO. Download the report. More highlights All suppliers do self assessments regarding the Code of Conduct. In addition, audits are performed based on risk assessment. 178 active suppliers have surpassed the minimum standards for quality and sustainability. (Read more in the report on pages 11–12). The water and energy consumption, use of organic solvents and hazardous waste generation decreased. Divisions have increased their efforts to guide customers to energy efficient and green security products and door opening solutions. (Read more in the report on pages 24–25). Independent social compliance audits were performed at ASSA ABLOY’s South African factory in Roodeport and at the factory in Mexico City. 22,000 employees completed the web-based interactive training program Entrance to ASSA ABLOY. Compared to 2008, the number of entities reporting on sustainability has increased from 80 to 180, to include sales units and offices. (Read more in the report on page 39).