For Abena, sustainability means a clear focus on Quality, Environment, and Social Responsibility. We have made it our business to provide sustainable products and solutions; from raw materials through manufacturing and use to final recycling or disposal.
Aabenraa, Denmark is home to one of Abena's three production sites, where more than 3 million incontinence products and baby diapers are produced daily. With a clear focus on environment and clean energy, our production is based on Danish principles for sustainability.
Everyone talks about the environment – but we have made it our mission to walk the talk. Corporations across the globe are part of the problem, and we must become part of the solution.
We accept the challenge, and we subject ourselves to 3rd party control to ensure that our actions back up our rhetoric – so you can do business with us with a clean conscience.
The EU estimates that 3 billion tons of waste is thrown away in Europe every year. This number continues to rise and the OECD calculates that it will have increased by 45 % in 2020, if nothing is done to reverse the problem. [Source: OECD]
At Abena we do not want to add to that statistic. We realize that running a production facility can affect the environment and for that reason, we take every possible precaution to keep our waste level at an absolute minimum.
Our own production in Denmark recycles 95 % of all waste coming from our production of incontinence products and baby diapers. The waste consists of e.g. foil wrapping from raw materials and surplus textiles.
Abena’s waste is collected and sold to recycling companies, where it is processed in a cradle-to-cradle lifecycle that transforms it into new raw materials. This enables us to handle waste in an environment-friendly way that helps decrease the exploitation of natural resources.
Abena has high standards for social responsibility, for both our own organization and for our suppliers. We work tirelessly to create a fair and inclusive work place.
To us, social responsibility is about generating a safe, healthy and enjoyable workplace that offers equal opportunities for all, and we work hard on ensuring that our employees are constantly developed, trained and challenged to meet the demands of tomorrow.
We believe that the only way to create long-term success for our customers and our company is to treat all stakeholders inside and outside of Abena in a responsible way. We continue to support the UN Global Compact and its ten principles of responsible business conduct and encourage all of our suppliers to act responsibly and fair. As of 2018, 85 % of our suppliers have signed the UN Global Compact. We are certified according to the SA8000 standard, which is the leading social certification standard for factories and organizations worldwide.