3Shape releases comprehensive sustainability report for 2023

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3Shape releases comprehensive sustainability report for 2023

3Shape plans to inspire sustainability awareness in the dental industry through its new five-year sustainability plan. (Image: TStudious/Shutterstock)

Thu. 25 April 2024


COPENHAGEN, Denmark: 3Shape, the global innovator in digital dentistry, has recently unveiled its 2023 sustainability report and five-year plan for a comprehensive environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy. The initiative, formally approved by 3Shape’s board of directors, is an integral part of the company’s commitment to enabling superior dental care for patients. The report details 3Shape’s sustainability strategy, steps taken so far and achievements to date in areas such as climate action, pollution, diversity and inclusion, employee well-being, governance, integrity, and responsibility towards consumers and end users.

“At 3Shape, we pride ourselves on being a purpose-driven company, working towards enabling superior dental healthcare for every patient, every time. Our pursuit of excellence goes beyond profits; it’s a commitment to have a positive impact on society and the planet,” commented 3Shape CEO Jakob Just-Bomholt.

The five pillars of 3Shape’s sustainability strategy address key areas related to its core business and internal operations. These include the company’s focus on enabling better patient health; mapping greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact; ensuring global employee diversity, equity and inclusion; establishing an ESG governance framework; pursuing sustainable product development; and supporting gender diversity among innovators.

“We strongly believe that the more effectively we integrate sustainability practices into our core business strategy, the more they will stimulate innovation, promote a positive company culture and inspire others in the industry to take action,” Just-Bomholt noted.

According to him, 3Shape’s sustainability journey is still maturing. However, the company made solid progress in 2023 by conducting a double materiality assessment (evaluation of how external environmental and societal factors influence an organisation and vice versa), adopting a data-driven sustainability strategy and setting explicit 2028 sustainability goals. 3Shape also established an internal ESG council, recognising that leadership representation across the organisation is critical for ensuring responsible sustainability governance, ownership and action taking across the business. Further steps were taken to strengthen the sustainability governance body by welcoming Karsten Munk Knudsen, the chief financial officer of Novo Nordisk, as chair of the ESG committee and sustainability champion on the board of directors.

In 2022, 3Shape established its code of conduct, which outlines the company’s value system, approach to doing business, stance against corruption and bribery, and views on human rights. Additionally, a supplier code of conduct sets standards for how 3Shape expects its suppliers to behave regarding social, ethical and environmental business practices.

For more information, 3Shape’s full 2023 sustainability report can be accessed here.

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