Sustainability work within Stena is categorized in four main priority areas – ­environment, safety, employees and community. A selection of Stena’s various initiatives, projects and objectives in these areas are presented in this report.

Focus for Stena's sustainability work

Stena works actively to help reduce the environmental impact of its various operations. These efforts include working for more efficient use of energy, minimising greenhouse gas emissions, waste ­management and employee training. Each individual company is responsible for formulating its own environmental goals, which are tailored to the areas in which the company has its main environmental impact.

Providing a safe and secure environment for employees, passengers and tenants is a top priority for Stena, and the Group has a vision of zero accidents. Safety work is in constant progress around the Group and involves both continuous improvements and keeping safety awareness updated among employees.

The Stena Group employs a total of 16,000 employees around the world. It is the employees who drive the business forward, and Stena takes care to promote their motivation and development by creating good working environments and providing opportunities for growth.

The different Stena companies cater for a wide range of customer needs that exist in society. Stena also strives to be an active and engaged member of the community, contributing to continuing ­development and sustainable business in the areas in which the companies operate.


Stena's sustainability work is based on the Group’s shared values. Stena’s key sustainability issues have been identified as those related to environment, safety, employees and community.

Stena operates in an environment where globalisation and digitalisation are creating new opportunities and constantly changing people’s patterns of living, consuming and communicating. The trend towards a more global world is in many ways positive for both businesses and individuals. Among other things, it facilitates travel and trade, while increased growth stimulates demand for goods and services. 

Stena’s operations are involved in and contribute to value creation and community development in various ways. These include creating jobs for thousands of people around the world, offering safe homes in the Group’s properties, generating electricity from wind power and providing maritime transportation of goods, vehicles and passengers. About 90% of world trade is conducted by sea and shipping is the most environmentally friendly mode of transport in relation to cargo volume.

At the same time, the increasing globalisation and growth also means a greater impact on the world around us. This is being increasingly observed, with various cooperation initiatives being created at global level aimed at reducing the negative environmental footprint. Examples of such initiatives include the climate agreement reached in Paris in 2015 and the UN’s seventeen global sustainable development goals. Companies are also being encouraged to contribute to sustainability goals by conducting operations in a responsible way with respect for the environment, people and society. 

Stena’s corporate responsibility is a cornerstone of its entire operations. Working to ensure that future generations prosper is part of Stena´s business philosophy and has long been a policy that is reflected in the Group’s core values. This has been given even clearer emphasis in recent years and sustain­ability issues have been highlighted in many contexts around the Group. This report presents a selection of the various initiatives undertaken within Stena to continuously develop and improve operations from a sustainable perspective.


Stena’s three core values are Care, Innovation and Performance. The core values serve as guidelines for responsibility within the Group and are also the foundation for Stena's sustainability work. 

Care is about looking after the environment, people and the community. Stena works to create value in a sustainable way, and shows care by creating good customer experiences, working to reduce environmental impacts, creating pleasant and safe working environments for employees, and contributing to economic development. In addition, the Stena companies are also involved in a number of initiatives and activities in the different areas in which they operate. 

Innovation helps to develop operations to meet customer needs, both now and in the future. It is also a particularly important factor for environmental issues. For example, innovative solutions can make a big difference by reducing fuel consumptions and emissons. Stena has already implemented many innovative solutions to reduce environmental impacts, and work is constantly in progress to make continuous improvements.

Performance stands for quality in every stage of the value chain, while using resources efficiently. Every employee contributes to this using their own specific knowledge and skills. Safety is an important part of performance, and all employees are authorised to stop their work in the event of a risk that could result in injury to people or damage to the environment. Performance is fundamental to ensuring sustainable value creation, both now and for future generations.


Stena’s Group-wide Code of Conduct sets out applicable guiding principles to ensure operations are conducted in an ethically, socially and environmentally sound way, and deals with areas such as environmental issues, social issues, good business practices and human rights. The Code also deals with relationships with business partners, with Stena reserving the right to withdraw from a relationship if a partner does not meet the standards of business ethics Stena expects. During the year, an e-learning course was developed to train Stena employees in the Code. Employees who discover something that violates Stena’s Code of Conduct, values, policies or the law are able to use a whistleblower function to report events completely anonymously. The service is provided by an external partner and all information is encrypted, which further strengthens security.


Sustainability work is governed by Stena’s Group-wide environment and safety policy and code of conduct. Each individual company is responsible for formulating its own environmental and safety goals, based on its own operations. The companies have individuals who are responsible for environmental and safety work. At corporate level, there is a function responsible for ­coordination and communication of ­sustainability issues.


With care, innovation and efficient performance as their guiding principles, Stena’s employees around the world work every day to create value for the Group’s customers. Here is a selection of events from operations during 2016.


In June, Stena Property in Gothenburg invited 600 ­tenants to a trip to Denmark with Stena Line. The trip was one of many activities in the framework of Stena Property’s Relationship Management© work, which is about creating safe and pleasant residential areas. It was also a good opportunity to spend time with the tenants and hear their thoughts on their homes and future development opportunities.


During the year, Northern Marine Group supported the PTCI training centre in Manila, which is a centre providing training for ship’s officers and safety training and certification in offshore oil and gas. Shipping is an important occupation for the Philippines. It is the nation that trains the largest number of officers in the world.


During the year, it was announced that Maroochydore City Centre would be the first in Australia to install Envac’s vacuum system for waste management. The system will handle waste from about 2,000 households and is part of a plan aimed at making Maroochydore one of the cleanest and greenest cities in Australia.


Stena RoRo is leading the construction of a hospital ship with the working name Atlantic Mercy for the charity organisation Mercy Ships. The existing sister ship Africa Mercy was stationed off eastern Madagascar during the year. Stena RoRo was also there to study the onboard activities, in order to develop the design and concept of the new ship so that it meets Mercy Ships’ needs for the work onboard.


In May, Fairtrade-certified geraniums premiered in Blomsterlandet’s shops. The geraniums come from a Fairtrade plantation in Ethiopia and the ­certification means that workers at the ­plantation have better economic conditions and a good ­working environment. In addition, discrimination and child labour are opposed. ­Blomsterlandet is owned by Stena Adactum.


In August, the LNG tanker Stena Clear Sky rescued a French couple in distress. Thanks to the attentive and skillful crew, the couple were rescued safe and sound.


Stena Bulk is part of the Long Beach Green Flag Program, which aims to reduce ship speeds near the port area. Lower speeds mean fewer emissions of nitrogen, ­sulphur and particulates, and help to reduce the impact for the ­smog­-affected Los Angeles.


In November, Stena Britannica went in for drydocking in ­Rotterdam. During the docking period, the vessel was equipped with a closed-loop scrubber, which is an exhaust gas cleaning system that efficiently reduces emissions of sulphur oxides. At the same time, Stena Britannica also became the first ship in the fleet to be adorned with Stena Line’s new livery – green waves and the strapline "Connecting Europe for a Sustainable Future".

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