Driving change through sustainable solutions – here is how we will meet the future!
“I am very excited to join Wallenius Wilhelmsen which has a strong legacy and commitment to sustainability”, says Anette Rønnov who just recently joined Wallenius Wilhelmsen as Chief Sustainability Officer. Here she shares her thoughts on sustainability and what difference Wallenius Wilhelmsen can make as a company to drive change through sustainable logistics and service solutions.
Anette started her sustainability career in the 90s when studying sustainability and working as an environmental consultant in London. Throughout her career, she has supported leading international companies in various sectors on their sustainability journey.
So why Wallenius Wilhelmsen?
“I find it intriguing that we can contribute to sustainable trade by providing low impact transport. There are many challenges ahead, but I believe that by being a full logistics service provider, we have a great opportunity to reduce impact and create sustainable values”, she replies.
You can see her engagement when she goes on;
“You know – Wallenius Wilhelmsen has a strong legacy and commitment to sustainability. I am delighted by this opportunity, and am eager to turn my consulting expertise to operational and sustainable impact together with my new colleagues”.
More than the environment
For Wallenius Wilhelmsen sustainability underpins long-term profitability and the company divides this into the four Ps:
- And Principles of governance
Anette eagerly explains.
“People is about the wellbeing and safety of all people working for and with us. That means employees, contractors, and even broader society.
“Then we have planet where carbon emissions are a particular focus area where we want to develop a zero-emissions supply-chain for our customers. However, we must also not forget the other impacts such bio diversity and air pollution our industry has on the environment.
“Prosperity refers to the fact that solving and adapting to the world’s greatest challenges will create huge opportunities. We believe in driving and sharing innovation that will create shared value.
“Principle of governance is about holding ourselves accountable and ensuring a strong foundation for sustainability throughout our organization. Our approach to sustainability shall be reflected in everything we do and how we do it”.
All companies are striving towards a more sustainable business model and there are many challenges. Anette tells us that shipping has the lowest carbon footprint per ton transported compared to air and road.
“But that doesn`t mean we shouldn`t do anything. We still have considerable emissions, something we need to address. We are determined to view the challenge as an opportunity to shape WW’s future success. Yet we must acknowledge that there are great uncertainties relating to how to make our operations net zero. That is why we are sponsoring and working on many different initiatives to identify solutions for the future. What is not uncertain, is our commitment to do so”, she says.
Reporting requirements – good or bad?
We are curious. In recent years we have seen a rapid evolution of sustainability reporting requirements. There is an avalanche of regulations coming towards us, particularly from the EU, relating to sustainability investment, finance and reporting. How does Wallenius Wilhelmsen view this?
“While reporting is a key driver, in my view, investors, customers and employees are increasingly voicing strong requirements for sustainable operations. I welcome these initiatives to foster reporting of reliable and strategic information that can be used by stakeholders in their decision-making and not least for us to strengthen our sustainable performance”, says Anette.
Before we leave Anette, we have one last question we want to get her view on. If you put sustainability in a five-year perspective - what will this look like then?
“Over the next five years, the winners will be the companies that generate long-term value for shareholders and the wider group of stakeholders and the planet. These companies are pursuing products and services that society needs in a way that does not infringe on the planetary boundaries or human and labour rights. Together with our Wallenius Wilhelmsen community we will work to find sustainable solutions for a world in motion”.
I find it intriguing that we can contribute to sustainable trade by providing low impact transport. There are many challenges ahead, but I believe that by being a full logistics service provider, we have a great opportunity to reduce impact and create sustainable values
Chief Sustainability Officer
About Anette Rønnov – Chief Sustainability Officer
Anette started her sustainability career in the ‘90s when studying sustainability and working as an environmental consultant in London. She has followed the development of the field from environment and health & safety to governance and inclusion of social aspects. Throughout her career, she has supported leading international companies in various sectors on their sustainability journey by strengthening their management of risks and realising opportunities relating to sustainability and reporting to stakeholders on their progress.