Two years ago, TANA Netting made a strategic decision to report systematically on our economic, environmental and social impact to create greater transparency on critical sustainability issues relating to our activities. Today, we proudly release our second Sustainability Report, based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards.
“The impressive disease reduction achieved by the malaria community in the past decade and a half can hardly be overstated”, according to Rune Bosselmann, director of TANA Netting. “However, we would like to bring another perspective to light; the manufacturing and distribution side of the insecticidal net-based malaria prevention efforts. The 1.6 billion nets that are distributed to date equal more than 1 billion kgs. of insecticide treated plastic materials, which together with more than 50 million kgs. of packaging materials have been sent thousands of kilometers from factories to beneficiaries. Many petajoules of energy from coal, oil and gas sources have been spent on processing and transporting polyester and polyethylene in supply chains.”
Titled ‘Following our progress‘, this annual publication is developed in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders to define which topics ‘matter most’. If you have participated, we thank you for your contribution to the Materiality Assessment and encourage those who were unable to answer our call for participation, to do so in the future. Stakeholder engagement is essential in the journey towards more sustainable and transparent sourcing of long-lasting insecticidal nets from institutional buyers and the donor community.
The GRI Standards’ framework is a useful tool to organize and communicate data, and to keep track of our sustainability progress. The information gathered provides essential insights on the way we operate and how we can improve on important aspects such as energy and (plastic) waste reduction. This enables us set ambitious goals to transform our commitments into tangible results.
- Production of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) +28%
- Close to 180 tons of recycled material
- Energy-intensive process successfully eliminated from supply chain
- 100% senior management in Pakistan and Nigeria from local communities.