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Jonas Cederhage, EVP Group Supply Chain and Sustainability Lead at Permobil

Wheelchair manufacturer Permobil has launched its first annual sustainability report which demonstrates how it plans to meet its long term sustainability targets and break new ground in how it understands the impact of its products on end users.

The comprehensive sustainability report details Permobil’s strategy to operate a sustainable and responsible business, and its performance so far.

Jonas Cederhage, EVP Supply Chain and responsible for sustainability at Permobil Group, commented: “At Permobil, we ‘innovate for individuals’, but it’s equally important that we strive to innovate for all our stakeholders.

“We have a long-term commitment to make things better for our users, employees, the environment, and businesses and communities we’re connected to.”

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Juli Wagner, Permobil user
Juli Wagner, a lifelong Permobil powerchair user

The report sets out Permobil’s long-term targets for seven focus areas as well as progress made on the journey so far.

It includes the personal stories of two Permobil wheelchair users, Juli Wagner and Anthony Sanchez. The stories show their remarkable character, according to Permobil, and are a great representation of the thousands of similar user stories from around the world.

In the report, the firm states that in 2021 it conducted a mobility-related Quality of Life pilot study conducted with 665 power wheelchair users to assess the impact of mobility aids.

It also achieved a 16 per cent reduction in Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions compared to the 2018 baseline.

With a focus on talent management and reviewing its workplace accessibility, Permobil states that it has become an “even more” inclusive and accessible workplace.

The report also reveals how the firm has continued its focus on responsible sourcing. Now, 98 per cent of its supplier spend is covered by a Supplier Code of Conduct or Terms & Conditions.

Jonas added: “There is a lot for everyone at Permobil to be proud of as we are making good progress against our targets.

“As we get this right, not only will we make things better for those who use our products, we will bring the rest of the industry with us.”

By 2030, Permobil states that it aims to have reduced its Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by 70 per cent against the 2018 baseline, and its Scope 3 emissions by 20 per cent against the 2019 baseline.

It wants to achieve a gender balance in the workforce of female/male 40/60 by 2030​, and it wants eight out out of 10 of its employees to confirm in a survey that they feel Permobil is an inclusive company.

Anthony Sanchez, TiLite user
Anthony Sanchez, a user of the TiLite, featured in Permobil’s report

Other targets include having zero lost time on accidents​ and zero claims on product quality. It also hopes to achieve “meaningful targets” for quality of life of users and workplace accessibility focus areas.

Permobil is a global leader in trusted healthcare solutions for power and manual wheelchairs, seating and positioning products, and power assist, with 1,600 team members in more than 15 countries around the world.

Last year, Permobil’s Explorer Mini, a powered mobility solution for toddlers with mobility impairments, was recognised as a TIME Best Invention for 2021.

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