Natural Capital: Water
Natural ecosystems provide a variety of renewable and non-renewable resources that our business depends on. Our water management strategy focuses on the efficient usage of this shared resource and the proper oversight of wastewater discharge. We aim to reduce our absolute water withdrawal every year. Particularly in places where water is scarce, we closely monitor usage and implement conservation initiatives throughout our operations. We also endeavor to promote water conservation projects with partners and NGOs. Together with our NGO partners, we provide access to safe water and sanitation training in the communities where we operate.
Natural Capital: Biodiversity
Apart from water, our wider ecosystems that support air and soil quality, as well as species and habitat diversity, must be safeguarded. To this end, we are working to restore and protect biodiversity both within our business and through our suppliers, customers, and consumers. This means going beyond resource conservation to implement careful material selection and sourcing and to adopt renewable energy as well as design products and processes for circularity. By prioritizing sustainable materials and clean technology, we strive to manage our footprint and reduce our impact on habitats and species throughout our value chain.
Waste & Material Management
For waste that cannot be avoided, we are working to set global reduction targets. Across our markets, building management facilities provide recycling and disposal options for hazardous and non-hazardous waste. We are expanding our partnerships with a number of organizations and recyclers. This not only diverts waste from disposal, but also establishes circular economy practices for the capture and reuse of valuable resources. Choosing materials that are reusable, recyclable and less harmful for the planet continues to be a priority. Our R&D teams are focused on utilizing sustainable materials whenever possible and at all stages of our product life cycle. In line with our circularity strategy, we maintain our partnerships with recyclers that have patented a technology to recover valuable materials from products.
Packaging & Paper
Packaging materials remain a key challenge as our global production volumes increase. The bulk of our packaging includes paper for boxes, cartons and die cut sheets, and plastic for polybags, bubble bags, clamshells, and tool bags. We are constantly looking to reduce the amount of materials to conserve resources and make transportation more efficient.
- We do this by opting for reduced impact materials and biodegradable options, including corrugated cardboard, 70% of which is made of recycled paper pulp, honeycomb board, chipboard, paperboard and/or molded pulp.
- We continue our programs to remove Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam from our packaging, implement soya ink printing and reduce packaging material weight.
- We also reduce the use of polybags by replacing polybag packaging for batteries with biodegradable bags and substituting paper bags for polybags that hold manuals, leaflets, and accessories.
- We continue to use 100% recycled paper and reduce the page count of instruction and safety manuals. We also reduce volume by applying new templates featuring condensed, simplified content, more graphics as well as decreased paper weight.
We have robust partnerships in place with organizations that help us increase the rate of capture and recycling of our batteries. As part of the recycling process, batteries are broken down into components and chemistries. For our lithium batteries, the metal cylindrical can components are reused in steel and stainless-steel products and lithium, cobalt and other materials are reused in new battery chemistries. 95% of all materials in a lithium-ion rechargeable battery are recyclable.
- HOOVER has partnered with Call2Recycle® for over 20 years to ensure that our batteries and products containing batteries are responsibly recycled when they reach their end of life. Call2Recycle®’s North American network has over 16,000 collection sites, including local household hazardous waste sites and national retailers where consumers can drop-off their batteries for recycling.