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Sustainability and social responsibility

Hareid Group contributes to shaping a sustainable future by developing and delivering intelligent electric and electronic technology. We help our customers make sustainable choices in the pursuit of their goals, and we take care of the people, environment and communities where we operate.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 and forms the basis for a universal plan to eradicate poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change by 2030. Hareid Group supports the work to achieving the goals and are inspired by the goals in our endeavours to develop our products and services.

Sustainability profile

In our work with sustainability and social responsibility, we have selected some of the SDGs that we will focus on. These goals will be integrated in our business and guide our priorities and choices for the group.

Affordable and clean energy

As a supplier of the full range of electrical products and services, Hareid Group develops and delivers technology and solutions that secure more people access to clean renewable energy.

Our technology and knowledge make it easier for our surroundings to effectively start using renewable energy. From shore power solutions and automation systems to EV chargers, energy efficient household appliances to advanced smart home systems; we will continue to deliver intelligent technology that enable our customers to live more sustainably.

In addition to developing and delivering technology to our customers, we also work to reduce our carbon footprint and utilise renewable, clean energy in new and smarter ways. For example, our head office at Hareid is built for extreme energy efficiency, with 1600 m2 solar panels on the roof. We have also started electrification of our extensive carpool.

Our maritime companies are ISO 14001:2015 certified, and our two companies operating in the land-based installation market in Norway are Eco-lighthouse certified.

Decent work and economic growth

Several of our businesses compete in a global marketplace, employ people across borders and buy products and materials from around the world. We are a part of a global industry that has a particular responsibility related to the targets under SDG 8, especially with regards to innovation, sustainable consumption and production and equal pay for equal work.

Healthy economy is a prerequisite for our existence as a business, and essential for our contribution to the value creation in the regions where we operate. We aim to ensure sustainable and profitable growth that secures employment and financial growth in our local communities.

Hareid Group has a long history with apprenticeships as a way of securing future competence and capacity for our business and for the electrician profession. We cooperate closely with educational institutions in our regions and every year we admit several apprentices – a tradition we will continue to prioritise going forward.

Hareid Group aims to be a reliable and accountable employer. We promote freedom of association and maintain good relations and constructive cooperation with the trade unions. We pay equal wages for equal work and place strict ethical demands on all our suppliers of products and services.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

As supplier of electrical and electronic technology, Hareid Group is an enabler for effective solutions that allow our customers to increase their capacity and efficiency in a sustainable way.

Energy efficient buildings and moving of transportation from road to sea are both important contributions to reduced carbon emissions. Effective energy monitoring, smart automation solutions and construction of new harbour infrastructure are examples of areas where Hareid Group actively contributes with innovative, reliable and sustainable solutions.

Our goal is to continue to develop technical solutions that contribute to sustainable development of industry and infrastructure.

Responsible consumption and production

Our activities represent large values based on production in long value chains that stretch across countries and cultures. This puts responsibility on us to hold our suppliers accountable and demand that all players who deliver their products and services to Hareid Group maintain responsible consumption and production.

We work actively both on behalf of Hareid Group and through our purchasing alliances to secure traceability of the value chains.

In addition to put demands on our suppliers, it is also important for us to reduce our own environmental footprint through improving our routines for reduced material consumption and better waste handling. We sort and recycle our waste and have implemented structured measures to reduce cable waste in our maritime projects.

Life below water

Our maritime business represents an important part of Hareid Group. Sustainable management of ocean resources is the most important and obvious goal in the maritime industry.

Many parts of society influence life under water, but few or no sectors have more direct impact than the shipping, fishing and ocean farming industries. And with that impact comes responsibility.

The technical solutions we at Hareid Group offer to our customers are therefore designed to contribute to sustainable management of ocean resources and to improve fish health.

Partnerships for the goals

Acknowledging the fact that cooperation makes it easier to create something new or solve problems, has been the biggest success criteria for the Norwegian west coast business cluster.

This also applies when the objective is to create lasting change. None of the other 16 SDGs are possible to reach without extensive cooperation.

Hareid Group will be a reliable partner for customers, suppliers, authorities and other complementary stakeholders in the work to shape a sustainable future.

Reporting pursuant to the Norwegian Transparency Act

The purpose of the Transparency Act is to promote companies' respect for fundamental human rights and decent working conditions.

Hareid Group has four companies that are subject to the reporting obligation pursuant to the Act. The reports include accounts for the annual due diligence assessments carried out by each company.

In the reports, the companies also describe the measures assessed and implemented to reduce the risk of negative consequences the company’s activities and business relationships may have for fundamental human rights and decent working conditions.