MEKO’s operations affect our customers, shareholders, employees, suppliers and the environment. As the industry leader, we have a particular responsibility for sustainability. Sustainability must be an integrated part of our business operations and generate value for the company and our stakeholders.
Our operations are continuously developed to meet the customers’ and surrounding world’s requirements and expectations. The need of mobility is timeless and we stand ready to enable safe and sustainable mobility for all.
Transports of people and goods are necessary and MEKO’s operations play an important role here. Through service, maintenance and repairs, the vehicle can be driven as efficiently as possible during is lifespan. Our operations contribute to the vehicles on the road being as fuel efficient as possible. The right maintenance and service of cars increases traffic safety on our roads.
The transport sector is transitioning from using fossil fuels to biofuels and electricity, and to greater automation. Car owners need to be able to service and repair their vehicles regardless of how they are powered. As the industry leader, MEKO has an important role in the transition to a less fossil-dependent society.
Besides our products and services generating value, we also create jobs for employees and suppliers and pay taxes.
As employers, we are present in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and Sweden, some other parts of Europe and Hong Kong. In a changing world, the right expertise is important for us. This is about maintaining and developing the expertise of existing employees. We need to ensure that opportunities exist for competence development for staff in our affiliated workshops. We must also promote the development of future expertise in the workshop area. Read more about our responsibilities as an employer.
We work to reduce our operations’ impact on the environment. Our largest environmental impact is in the areas of transports, energy use, chemicals and waste management. The operations have rules and procedures to manage their environmental impact.
Our operations require transports both with our own vehicles and through subcontractors. Products and goods are transported from our large warehouses to the Group’s branches and our e-commerce customers. From the branches, transports are made with delivery vehicles to our own and affiliated concept workshops. To reduce the environmental impact from the transports, consideration is taken to fuel consumption in the purchase of vehicles.
We have warehouses, branches, workshops and offices. These require energy in the form of electricity, heating and cooling. Through energy mapping, we track what our energy use looks like.
We buy green electricity for most premises in Sweden and Norway.
MEKO puts a large number of chemical products on the market. This entails a responsibility to check labeling, ensure that the right information exists in the form of e.g. safety data sheets, ensuring that certain kinds of chemicals are only sold to professionals and that storage is correct in warehouses and branches. Proper handling and the right protective equipment are of central importance to our workshops.
In our operations, waste and hazardous waste arise. It is mainly waste that is recycled, for example, corrugated board, cardboard and plastic. In the workshops, hazardous waste also arises in the form of e.g. oils, batteries and chemicals. The waste is sorted and handled according to legislation.
Spare parts constitute the majority of the Group’s purchases and sales and account for a large part of the Group’s sales. Purchases mainly take place from the same suppliers that supply the car makers. Nearly all suppliers have their base in Europe, while the production of products takes place in both Europe and Asia. Consequently, the sustainability work in the supply chain is of central importance to us.
Since 2013, all supplier agreements at Bileko Car Parts, MEKO’s wholesale company have included a clause on compliance with the principles of the UN Global Compact. Around 80 per cent of the product supply is obtained through purchases from 160 suppliers. At the end of 2018, 93 per cent (92)2) of all suppliers have signed our agreement clause or presented their own corresponding policy.
Suppliers for our own brand products (OBP), ProMeister and Carwise, are deemed to be the largest quality and sustainability risk. The Group therefore conducts internal audits of all new ProMeister suppliers. The audits take place through factory visits and tests of products based on checklists that encompass the review of product quality, environmental and social requirements. The product range is quality audited through independent actors and in our test laboratory Intermeko in Poland.
Through the acquisitions of the companies FTZ in Denmark and Inter-Team in Poland in the third quarter of 2018, they became a part of MEKO. The acquisitions provide opportunities for synergies in terms of suppliers.
UN Global Compact
Learn more about how MEKO affects and is affected by UN Global Compact.
We support and conduct our business in accordance with the principles of responsible business in the UN's Global Compact on human rights, employment conditions, environment and anti-corruption.