Our Approach

Our approach to sustainability is about creating a long-term perspective with a relentless focus on sustainable business development.

 

As a leading heavy building materials distributor, STARK Group has a responsibility to deliver sustainable solutions and focus on today's environmental challenges. We operate according to our values and beliefs, ensuring that we conduct our business responsibly, ethically and with pride. We work to provide sustainable solutions for our customers, our partners and the planet. 

Our approach to sustainability is about creating a long-term perspective with a relentless focus on sustainable business development. We know that we must source our products responsibly, drive efficient and safe operations and enable our customers to make informed decisions on sustainable alternatives.

We acknowledge our responsibility to source our products responsibly, drive efficient and safe operations and serve our broad customer base with the products they need to complete their projects.

For an increasing number of customers, this includes the use of sustainable products. We ensure that our salespeople are qualified to offer advice and product information so that we can be seen as a preferred partner for all builders.

- Søren P. Olesen

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STARK Group is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and supports the Ten principles of the UN Global Compact on human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. The principles are part of STARK Group’s strategy, culture, and day-to-day operations. STARK Group is committed to support the UN’s work to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

We support public accountability and transparency within sustainability and therefore, we report annually on progress within our sustainability framework in our annual STARK Group sustainability report. 

Sustainability framework

STARK Group's sustainability framework ensures that relevant programmes are in place to boost social, economic and environmental sustainability, while actively supporting our growth and improving employee pride and engagement. 

The framework addresses our top risks and opportunities. It ensures that material issues are identified and addressed with relevant policies, targets and actions and that all employees and business partners understand the commercial relevance and necessity of sustainability in business operations.

Our sustainability framework covers our entire value chain, which we manage in three sections; Our Products, activities in the supply chain, Our Operations, activities with direct impacts, and Our Market, covering down-stream activities such as construction, use and end-use.

The sustainability framework is built on the principles of the UN Global Compact, taking into consideration how we can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

Sustainability policy

Our sustainability policy includes five guiding principles. These principles are intended to act as a compass to guide those working within the Group. 

We act sustainable

We integrate sustainability in all STARK Group operations and processes across the value chain and educate our people to act socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Relevant, sustainable assortment

To ensure a relevant assortment of products that continuously meet market expectations and follow product development, we always offer a relevant assortment of eco-labelled products when commercially applicable. 

Sustainability advice

We ensure commercially relevant product knowledge within sustainable alternatives to become the preferred partner for sustainable construction.

Correct and efficient product documentation

We ensure correct and efficient product documentation for our customers and support our customers increased demand for environmental information regarding product impact throughout the life-cycle. 

Up to date within sustainability in the industry

Where commercially relevant, we are active in sustainability networks and open to collaborating in partnerships that promote sustainability and circularity - to remain the partner we want to be to our customers.