In 2017, Gunnebo began its support of a skills development programme for young people in India. Together with a partner approved by the Indian government’s National Skill Development Centre (NSDC), Gunnebo hopes to make it easier for young jobseekers from poorer sections of the community to find opportunities in the security industry. The initiative will also focus on creating more openings for young women. The initiative will provide 150 young men and women with new skills and knowledge to increase their employability and give them access to careers previously closed off to them.
Hamilton Safes is a major supplier of physical security products to banks and government authorities in the US and has been part of the Gunnebo Group since 2015.
In 2017, the Cincinnati-based company built on the progress it made in 2016 when its manufacturing units were awarded the ISO 14001 certification for environmental management systems. After having been assessed as part of the Group’s audit programme, Hamilton’s plants in Mason and Amelia registered much improved scores. Both factories originally underwent audits in 2013 and attained 57 points – a score which jumped to over 90 in 2017. These results render the effort the company has made in sustainability since joining Gunnebo.
“We have made great strides,” says Don Wayne, Environment, Health & Safety Leader in the USA. “At Hamilton we are much better than we were in 2013, but we want to raise the bar even higher.”
To achieve this, challenging targets have been set for 2018 which include 100% recycling of wooden pallets and cardboard, a 10% reduction in hazardous paint waste and a 10% reduction in the emission of volatile organic compounds.
“And as long as we maintain our strict standards governing the plant and the environment,” concludes Don, “we will maintain our good reputation with our customers.”
During 2017, the Gunnebo Group began supporting an inclusive initiative in Sweden which gives children with learning disabilities the opportunity to play handball. Handball for Everyone is run by the IK Sävehof handball club. Through the initiative, around 30 young people with learning disabilities can train together to improve at handball, develop physically, and feel part of a wider community.
In 2017 Gunnebo launched a new leadership
training programme called Road
to Growth. Its goal is to develop the
management skills necessary to drive
the business forward and achieve the
Group’s strategic targets.
“Leadership training is essential
to delivering growth,” says Christian
SVP Human Resources &
Sustainability. “We need to equip our
employees with new insights if we are
to maintain a long-term competitive
edge in the market.”
The programme uses a mix of theory,
case studies and practical exercises
to relate learning to current business
challenges and opportunities within
Role playing provides practical
examples of leadership challenges faced
by senior managers inside the Group.
The first Road to Growth sessions
took place in Sweden in 2017 and
brought together 20 employees from
13 countries. As well as being culturally
diverse, the group represented a variety
of business disciplines including sales,
operations, engineering and finance.
All business and financial topics
covered as part of the programme were
led by internal Gunnebo experts to
ensure that the content is as relevant as
“We want to foster a dynamic environment
founded on regular feedback,
coaching and exchanging individual
experiences,” adds Christian Carlsson.
“By doing so, Road to Growth will create
stronger networks and a more open
dialogue within the Group.”