Caldaro is one of the first joystick manufacturers to sign the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest and most widely embraced voluntary corporate sustainability initiative.
"It’s up to all of us to contribute," says Claudio Talamo, CEO of Caldaro.
"Now will the efforts we are already putting into these questions get a different substance. The collaboration also gives us support in our continued commitment," says Talamo.
In total, 10,000 companies and 4,000 organizations in 162 countries have signed the 10 principles of the initiative, regarding the areas of respect for human rights, labor conditions, environment and anti-corruption.
"For us it is natural to participate because almost everything we do, from manufacturing our products to transportation, is concerning sustainability issues. It is also stimulating to become part of a global movement, where most of our global customers are also involved. Together we form a strong force for the future," says Talamo.
Carbon footprint and lead-free soldering
UN’s sustainability work covers both economic, social and environmental goals. One of the target is formulated in Agenda 2030, signed by all UN member states, where it’s statutes that 169 global goals must be achieved by 2030, these goals also form part of Caldaro’s contribution.
"Sustainability issues concerning the whole world can seem big and difficult, but it’s up to all of us to contribute. One simple example is that we work to bring down our carbon footprint, measured in kilograms of carbon dioxide per customer visited."
Another example is that Caldaro recently made a decision to change the supplier of a component to their marine controls.
"There is an exception for the use of lead in soldering in the RoHS directive for marine products, something we believe is completely unjustified. Our new supplier guarantees lead-free soldering," says Talamo.
Sustainability in business processes and management systems
Caldaro works under the REACH Regulation, and they are committed to ensure the ethical origin of minerals used in their products, in accordance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and the Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Headquarters location in a certified GreenBuilding in Stockholm is another example of Caldaro’s work on global goals at a local level. Gender distribution in the company is half women and half men. In addition, the company has moved large parts of the production to Sweden. This creates Swedish jobs while the Nordic customers are offered locally produced products with less climate impact.
"We are grateful for the certifications and the goal formulations in the UN Global Compact. They help us integrate sustainability work into business processes and management systems, as well as delivering products that meet our customers’ requirements and expectations while at the same time creating a better world," says Talamo.