“Everyone must join! We do it together.” That was the headline in a LinkedIn post that our vendor Mousetrapper published earlier this summer. I reached out to Anders Ehnbom, CEO at Mousetrapper, to hear how they work with sustainability and how they engage their employees in this work.
What do you mean by “Everyone must join”?
We believe that anchoring Mousetrapper’s sustainability work within the organization is one of the most critical things we need to do in order for us to achieve our long-term sustainability goals. It is crucial that everyone is involved and updated about what is happening.
So how do you do that?
With the help of an external consulting agency we conduct internal trainings, both face-to-face and online. We discuss sustainability from many different angles. From general topics like what sustainability really is, waste sorting and electric company cars to how we can trim the production. We made a study visit to a recycling centre to learn how to produce our products to make it easier to disassemble and recycle them. The goal is to make it top of mind among our employees and a natural part of their everyday work life.
But you are not only engaging your employees, I understand you also involve your external suppliers?
Yes, we request documentation to see what focus they have on sustainability and what is done in practice. Our suppliers are mainly located in our vicinity and have been selected with care. For example, printed circuit boards are manufactured in Sweden and plastic components are produced in Estonia, which helps reduce transportation needs. In addition, we have chosen suppliers that we can cooperate closely with, meaning we can maintain a dialogue with them and exert real influence.
I understand that 95% of your products are produced in Sweden, that you are moving other production to Europe as well and that you only use renewable energy. What is your next step in making your offering even more sustainable?
We are always on the lookout for good recyclable materials. We also make sure that faulty plastic components are ground down and used to make new products. Later this year we will be launching our first Mousetrapper made with 100% recycled plastic.
//Lisa Valinder Olsson, Communication & Sustainability Manager Ingram Micro
The first Mousetrapper was launched in 1994 by Swedish inventor Rolf Strömberg. Its success has made it the market leader in Scandinavia and led to its international launch. We now know, along with most ergonomics specialists and physiotherapists, that the strain of desk work can be avoided. Mousetrapper is designed, developed, and manufactured in Sweden, and we are proud to have complete control of the entire process.