The Green Transition: Lego’s Supplier Sustainability Programme

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Lego Group is leveraging its Supplier Sustainability Programme to meet its ambitious green targets, with a focus on reducing carbon emissions within its sourcing, supply, and procurement operations.

The Supplier Sustainability Programme

Lego Group’s Supplier Sustainability Programme sets near-term targets for suppliers to meet by 2026. The company has committed to reducing its emissions by 37% by 2032 and achieving net-zero by 2050. To reach these goals, it is essential for suppliers across Lego’s procurement ecosystem to take significant steps to reduce their own emissions.

Annette Stube, Chief Sustainability Officer at the Lego Group, emphasizes the importance of collaboration with suppliers in achieving these targets. She states, “We will not be able to meet our sustainability targets alone – we have to work in partnership with our suppliers.”

Key Supplier Requirements

The Lego Group has outlined specific requirements for its suppliers. These include providing data on the carbon associated with the products and services Lego purchases, setting near-term targets for emission savings related to product production by 2026 and 2028, and collaborating to identify and develop actions to meet Lego’s reduction goals. This could involve improving facility efficiency, switching to renewable energy sources, or finding less carbon-intensive transportation methods.

Lego’s Climate Action Plan

The Supplier Sustainability Programme is a crucial part of Lego’s broader climate action plan. This strategy includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations and continuing the transition to renewable energy. Lego has reported a 16% increase in solar capacity compared to 2022, with plans to double it by 2026. The company has also introduced an annual Carbon KPI to measure emissions across factories, stores, and offices.

Annual Supplier Reporting

From 2024, suppliers will be required to submit annual reports detailing their emission reductions. This initiative was introduced at the recent Supplier Summit to engage suppliers from all procurement categories, particularly those contributing the most to Scope 3 carbon emissions. The programme emphasizes capability building, with an initial focus on carbon accounting, and offers access to a dedicated team of sustainability experts.

Lego Group increased its spending on environmental initiatives by 60% in 2023 compared to 2022. This includes substantial investments in sustainable materials, manufacturing technology, and supply chain improvements. The company is taking urgent action to meet its ambitious target of reducing emissions by 37% by 2032 and achieving net-zero by 2050.