The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The global goals are also ROCKWOOL's goals

Anthony Abbotts
16 February 2018

We contribute to meeting 10 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we will strive to improve and measure our performance against them.

From ROCKWOOL Group Sustainability Report

Making our positive contributions count

Our goal is for ROCKWOOL products and operations to make a net positive impact to society and the environment – in other words, we want the benefits of our products to significantly outweigh any negative impacts associated with our operations.

Contributing to 10 SDGs requires minimising ROCKWOOL’s operational footprint and maximising the positive impact of our products. We will measure progress against selected targets within each SDG either through the Group’s Sustainability Goals or through the positive impact of our products where feasible. 

In 2016 we formally launched our strategic efforts to work towards achieving the SDGs. We are continuously striving to make our positive contribution even greater and in 2017 we developed more robust ways to measure how we live up to our declared intentions. 

How do we know we’re making a difference? 

We measure the impact of our products on society where feasible. For several years, we’ve tracked the net positive carbon impact of our offering. For example, our building insulation throughout its lifespan typically saves approximately 80 times the carbon emitted during its production from cradle to gate. This positive impact increases to saving on average 4000 times the carbon emitted when using technical insulation for large-scale industrial applications.  

Why have you committed to meeting United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?

The SDG framework highlights the needs of billions of people. By aligning our work with the global need for development we can focus our attention on the business opportunities this represents, while acting responsibly. In fact, we have chosen to pursue and prioritise the 10 SDGs that are most strategically aligned with our business competencies and where we can have the greatest impact.

Jens Birgersson


We actively engage in two UNGC action platforms on the Global Goals

Pathways to low-carbon and resilient development

The Paris Climate Agreement represents a defining moment that solidifies international cooperation for climate action. However, the challenge is to bring all sectors of society and the economy into alignment with the Paris Agreement’s ambition to limit global average temperature, whilst ensuring they are achieved in parallel to the SDGs.

We see the Pathways to low-carbon and resilient development platform as one way to become a catalyst for enhancing country-level action in achieving these goals and have therefore chosen to actively involve ourselves.

Health is everyone's business

The aim of the United Nations Global Compact’s (UNGC): Health is everyone’s business action platform is to convene a broad coalition of leading businesses, UN, academic and civil society partners to set a global business agenda for SDG 3.

Prioritising ‘good health for all’ as a corporate goal, the platform explores how businesses can drive sustainable change whilst supporting a future of health and well-being. 

The coalition will advance multi-stakeholder collective action for health-resilient communities, creating tools and resources that offer practical solutions for all companies to undertake and adopt leading practices, which demonstrate real impact. 

UN sustainable development knowledge platform