All of our work shall be permeated by the need to develop future-proof solutions and support a positive impact on society. Our greatest contributions to sustainable development are made by offering knowledge and expertise for research and innovation, including test- and demonstration facilities to support sustainable technology.
Our services help our customers to develop sustainable products, processes, methods and services that positively contribute to meeting economic, environmental and social challenges – covering everything from the impact of climate change and urbanisation to providing high-quality care for the elderly. We combine expertise in a wide range of fields with the most up-to-date research in order to meet increasing demands for interdisciplinary, sustainable solutions.
We place a great deal of emphasis on delivering independent solutions and advice. This means that we are also able to dissuade customers from implementing unsustainable or otherwise inappropriate solutions.
Sustainability work at RISE is based on common policies, objectives and strategies. These are governed and monitored by group management with responsibility delegated to various levels within the group.
We work to evaluate our operations based on the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We do so by monitoring our projects and assignments to see how they contribute to a sustainable society and which of the SDGs they support. We call this the RISE Sustainability Declaration. The goal is that by 2020, all of our services and solutions will come with a Sustainability Declaration.
These declarations provide us with a coherent picture of how we are working towards achieving the UN’s SDGs. This assists us in our improvement work and means that our customers and partners can rest assured that RISE is focused on sustainable projects and solutions.
Our environmental work is carried out in a large number of central and local initiatives. Examples of areas relating to our internal environmental work include waste management, chemical management, business travel and energy-saving renovations.
Since our mission is to operate nationally, RISE employees travel relatively frequently as part of their work, as well as to and from work. RISE aims to reduce both the number of trips and the negative environmental impact of travel. Therefore, we facilitate remote meetings and also require that trips are made with the most sustainable mode of transport available.
RISE’s operations involve considerable knowledge and expertise and are dependent on competent employees. It is therefore important for us to ensure continuous skills development. Gender equality and diversity are prerequisites for a dynamic and attractive workplace at which everyone’s experiences and background are utilised. It is therefore important to combat all forms of discrimination in the workplace. We constantly strive to be an open and inclusive workplace for everyone. RISE conducts comprehensive work environment management with a focus on both the physical environment and organisational and social aspects.
The financial dimension of the sustainability concept refers to the business’s impact on the financial circumstances of stakeholders and on economic systems. RISE operates in some 30 locations from Malmö in the south to Luleå in the north. Our prominent local presence is conducive to regional and local development. RISE takes responsibility for financial sustainability by acting in the long term, for example, by making wise business decisions and maintaining good relationships with key stakeholders.
RISE has established a sustainability fund through which employees can apply for funds to carry out various projects with a focus on sustainability. The Sustainability Fund contributes greatly to commitment and involvement and has enabled many value-creating projects and initiatives.
Read more about our sustainability work in our sustainability reports:
2021 - Sustainability report (pdf, 1.21 MB)
2020 - Sustainability report (in Swedish) (pdf, 1.33 MB)
2019 - Sustainability report (in Swedish) (pdf, 1.22 MB)
On 25 September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development together with 17 Sustainable Development Goals. With this, the world’s nations have undertaken to eradicate extreme poverty, reduce inequality and injustice and solve the climate crisis by 2030. The 17 SDGs are illustrated in the adjacent image. Learn more at www.globalgoals.org.