THE PORTRAIT - EMMA AABEN

EMMA HAS HER DREAM JOB – WORKING WITH SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Since autumn 2012, Emma Aaben has been the coordinator for sustainability work at Stena AB.

NameEmma Aaben
TitleCSR Coordinator
FamilyHusband and son Benjamin, 1 year old
InterestsSpending time with family and friends, working out and travel

MONDAY

MY WORKING WEEK BEGINS with work in the home when I’m at home with our son. These days, Monday morning in particular is a favorite morning for us – it’s when the refuse lorry arrives. Our son finds it very exciting to watch how the dustbins are lifted up and emptied into the refuse lorry. The days spent at home are intensive but it’s fantastic and a privilege to be able to be there when a child discovers the world.

View during an afternoon walk together with Benjamin. Imagine being paid for all the toys picked up off the floor.

WEDNESDAY

RIGHT NOW, I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF an intensive period completing the year’s sustainability report. This year it’s the fourth time that we will be publishing it. The aim of the report is to highlight many of the current initiatives in the group intended to reduce our environmental impact and make a positive contribution in the community where we do business. One example of the importance of our sustainability work was when the new agreement between Stena Line and the Port of Göteborg was signed. Stena Line’s investments in the environment, such as burning cleaner fuel, shore-side electricity and making use of district heating, contributed to a large degree to being able to retain the central location in Göteborg.

In my work with the sustainability report, I get to meet representatives of our subsidiaries in order to discuss and challenge them in their sustainability work. Drawing up our sustainability report is a team effort where close collaboration between the business areas and the group has been, and is, crucial for us to be able to produce such a high-quality report as the one we have.

FRIDAY

FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS now, both our sustainability report and our annual report have been made available on our website in a web version with several interactive parts such as films and clickable infographics. One of the features of this year’s web version of our sustainability report will be a film of a conversation between Harry Robertson, Technical Director at Stena Rederi, and Tom Boardley, Marine Director, Lloyd’s Register. Lloyd’s Register recently published a report entitled “Global Marine Technology Trends 2030” and the idea is that their conversation will be about how new technology is forming shipping of the future. So far as Stena is concerned, the development of new technology is in line with a desire to do profitable business that is also sustainable. These goals are not contradictory. Large parts of the day have been devoted to preparing and shooting the film.

I warmly recommend that you keep an eye out for the year’s sustainability report at the end of April when it is published. You can find it at Stena.com, a printed version will also be available.

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