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Sustainability & Engagement

Bringing people and nature closer together

We all feel the consequences that the climate change is bringing to our daily lives and realise that our behaviour has an impact on the environment. Sustainability is at the centre of our strategy, simply because gardening is all about nature. As the leading gardening brand it is our responsibility to act consciously. Together with our consumers, customers and society we need to raise ambitions and act faster in response to the threat our planet is facing. We can only be successful together. As a company within the Husqvarna Group, GARDENA is involved in the group-wide sustainability program “Sustainovate”, which, as a strategic approach, is aimed at innovations that bring people and nature closer together.

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SDGs

Aligning with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

Through our engagement, we are supporting a wide range of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which demonstrate a 17-point plan for ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice and protecting the planet up to 2030. Achieving these global goals requires significant effort at all levels of society, not least in business, which has a critical role to play as a change agent. At Husqvarna Group, our biggest contributions to the goals lie in reducing the negative impacts of operations, contributing to positive change along the value chain and engaging in society at large.

Our engagement for a better future

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UN Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies to align their operations and strategies with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take actions that advance societal goals, such as the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Science-Based Targets

The science-based Targets initiative helps companies set targets in line with climate sience. These targets aim to provide companies with a clearly-defined path to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement goals.

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Business Ambition 1.5 °C

The Business Ambition 1.5 °C is an initiative of the UN Global Compact. The initiative calls on companies to do their part in limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 °C, which in turn requires them to set science-based emission targets.

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Carbon Disclosure Project

CDP is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. The system has been in operation for over 20 years.

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Climate Leadership Coalition

The Climate Leadership Coalition is a non-profit climate business network in Europe. The members strive to be among the leaders of their respective fields in terms of climate change mitigation ambition. It supports climate leaders by sharing best practice, policy approaches and strategies and by participating in regional and global policy development.

Sustainovate 2025

Sustainovate – our sustainability program

This is Sustainovate  – our plan to lead our industry in the shift to a resource-smart economy. Through Sustainovate, we are challenging ourselves and inspiring others to transform and are pioneering solutions for step-change efficiency and smarter use of resources.

Sustainovate captures three opportunities for change — Carbon, Circular and People — and three targets to 2025 that are driving the way we do business. They bring us opportunities to support the shift to a low-carbon energy mix, to pioneer ways to deliver great value to customers through circular economy solutions, and to inspire and engage our customers and employees to scale our positive impacts.

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Driving the transition to low-carbon solutions

Carbon reduction in our operations and beyond, providing our fair share in limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C in accordance with the Paris Agreement – the global framework for climate policy.

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Rethinking and redesigning for a resource-smart customer experience

Implement the principles of a circular economy in our organization by reusing materials, reducing waste and increasing recyclability for products and product packaging, while also enabling efficient use of water.

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Inspire actions that make a lasting difference

Our approach is rooted in bringing out the passion, drive and creativity of our customers and teams. We are scaling up our impact by inspiring our customers to opt for the most sustainable choice and triggering their imagination on the difference that they can make. 

What we have achieved as Husqvarna Group

Our targets for the year-end of 2025 serve as a guide for measuring the difference we make. Learn more about the current status of achieving our targets.

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Carbon: -32% absolute reduction in CO2 emissions since 2015

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Circular: 10 circular innovations launched so far (1.1.2020-31.3.2023)

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People: 572,000 consumers and colleagues reached so far (1.1.2020-31.3.2023)

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Let's ReTh!nk together

How you can contribute

Discover how you can make a difference

Keen gardeners all around the world work hard to create and maintain vibrant green spaces. In doing so, they also promote biodiversity, health, clean air, and an improved local climate.

Gardens, balconies and terraces, but also house and garage roofs, backyards, vertically planted walls or a small spot on the windowsill or stairs are flowering gifts for nature and people. Everyone and every little planted spot can contribute.

Green spaces need water to flourish. Using our precious resource wisely is key - because every drop counts.

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Make way for more green

Explore how you can create green spaces and how to take care for them in a mindful way by using resources such as water wisely.

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A colourful garden ecosystem - Tips on creating and maintaining green spaces

Giving your garden planning the care and attention it deserves is the best way to bring your garden to life. You want flowers to be blooming and the scent of fresh herbs in the air...

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Every drop counts - Tips to use water wisely

Water is one of the most important resources in the world. Many regions of the world are still suffering from a severe water shortage that is only set to get worse in the coming years and ultimately lead to desertification...

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Climate-friendly planting

Every plant makes specific demands of its location. By choosing and combining plants according to their natural preferences, you can create the conditions for long-lasting, functioning plant arrangements...

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Stay grounded: Tips for a healty soil

There are billions of living organisms beneath our feet. Bugs, earthworms, bacteria, fungi, mites and others turn dead organic matter into humus...

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Mindful consumption

Garden tools allow you to work efficiently, tend to your plants and cultivate your soil. Just make sure you keep some important criteria in mind.

Our milestones

Sustainability was always an integral part in our activities. Explore our milestones in our company's history.

  • 1977: GARDENA combisystem: one handle - many attachments
  • 1979: No use of lacquer paints to avoid pollutants
  • 1982: Multi-Click: one motor for eight different connection devices
  • 1990: Interchangeable battery system V12: one battery for many devices
  • 2020: Power for All Alliance: one battery for different tools across different brands
  • 2022: EcoLine: Products made from recycled materials
  • 1985: First launch: irrigation computer with moisture sensors for accurate determination of water requirements
  • 1990: Efficient use of water with the first generation of Micro-Drip-System
  • 2006: Soil moisture sensors with improved technology
  • 2016: GARDENA smart system: efficient watering through intelligent control
  • 2020: GARDENA smart system: optimised irrigation schedules by taking local weather forecast & sunrise and sunset times into account
  • Annual certification according to ISO 9001
  • Since 2005: FSC® chain of custody certification
  • Since 2005: Environmental management according to ISO 14001

Since January 2017, the German sites in Ulm, Heuchlingen and Niederstotzingen have been supplied with 100 percent electricity from renewable sources. This status was also achieved at the Czech locations in Třinec in 2017, with Vrbno following in the following year.

Since 2021, 100% of the electricity procured at all Gardena operations sites comes from renewable sources. In 2023, the newly acquired Orbit sites also switched to purchasing 100% green electricity.

Certified standards

Certified standards

We carefully select our raw materials and our operations are audited according to ISO standards.

Read our sustainability report

As of 2016, Husqvarna Group reports specifically on progress made on Sustainovate, the Husqvarna Group’s approach to integrating sustainability into the business, and its targets to 2025.

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