Sustainability at Bittium

Sustainability is present in Bittium´s operations throughout the life cycle of its products, in procurement chains and in the way the company creates value for the surrounding society.

Sustainability Program 2020–2022

Bittium is a global technology company that aims to adapt its deep knowledge to deliver superior, socially beneficial technical innovations that enhance connectivity, bring safety and promote health care in society. Bittium´s sustainability program is based on the company strategy, values, stakeholders´ expectations and the megatrends in the operating environment. It is part of the company´s organizational culture, its way of acting and creating value for the surrounding society.

Bittium´s sustainability program relies on the materiality analysis conducted in 2019, on the basis of which the focus areas of sustainability were defined. The program is composed of the development targets and actions of the focus areas as well as the related performance indicators. Bittium continuously monitors and improves its sustainability efforts. The achievement of the targets specified in the sustainability program are monitored annually against various performance indicators. Progress with the program and toward the targets is reported annually in Bittium´s sustainability report.

CEO´s Sustainability Review

Sustainability is reflected in our operations, products, product life cycles, supply chains and how we create value for the surrounding society through our business. Sustainability is based on Bittium´s strategy and values  – it is an integral part of our organizational culture.

The sustainability program for 2020–2022 emphasizes themes such as well-being and development of our personnel, confidential customer relationships and information security of our products, good corporate citizenship and sustainable business practices, and environmental responsibility. Despite the global Covid-19 pandemic, in 2020, we have been able to advance our responsibility program, but we have not been spared the effects either.

Sustainability at Bittium in 2020

Bittium specializes in the development of reliable, secure communications and connectivity solutions, drawing on 35 years of expertise in advanced radio communication technologies.

Sustainability is present in Bittium’s operations throughout the life cycle of its products, in procurement chains and in the way the company creates value for the surrounding society.

Sustainability Management

The Board of Directors of Bittium Corporation discusses sustainability issues on the basis of the Management Group´s proposals, and the Audit Committee discusses and prepares sustainability-related matters as needed.

The Management Group discusses sustainability issues, monitors the effectiveness of sustainability measures and sets sustainability targets in its twice-yearly management review. The Management Group is also responsible for implementing sustainability plans and actions in day-to-day operations.

Sustainability Focus Areas

Bittium monitors the progress of each focus area using selected indicators in accordance with its sustainability program and continuously develops the operations and performance.

The most important resources of Bittium´s business are highly competent people, a diverse work community free of discrimination, and taking care of employee well-being and competence. Bittium provides its employees with challenging and motivating jobs and undertake to support their development and invest in their well-being.

Bittium is a reliable operator for all of its stakeholders. The company´s stakeholder engagement is guided by good corporate governance as well as ethical principles and Code of Conduct. In customer relationships, sustainability is reflected in the way of working, the quality of products and the trust that characterizes the company´s customer relationships. Trust is the starting point for Bittium´s operations.

Sustainable business practices are a cornerstone of Bittium´s operations. It provides a solid foundation for risk management and represents a core value as well as a competitive advantage. Sustainability helps the company with long-term value creation.

Responsibility for the environment, the mitigation of climate change and resource-efficient solutions are key aspects of Bittium´s operations and their development. By maximizing the service life and recyclability of our products, their total life cycle impact can be influenced. The company also strives to minimize the environmental impacts of its operations. The company´s performance is monitored through the environmental program.

#1 Innovative and Developing People

The year 2020 was very exceptional for the personnel. A major change was seen in March, when approximately 70 percent of the employees started teleworking because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Face-to-face communication was largely replaced by virtual meetings.

#2 Trust-Based Customer Relationships and Secure Products

Bittium specializes in developing reliable, secure communications and connectivity solutions as well as mobile information security solutions, and in providing health technology products and solutions. Sustainability and responsibility cover the entire life cycle of products, from material choices to maintenance and disposal, including the securing of confidentiality and information security.

#3 Corporate Citizenship and Sustainable Business Practices

Bittium operates as a responsible corporate citizen within the surrounding society. The company is a reliable local partner and employer. It engages in active and open dialogue with its stakeholders, acts in accordance with its harmonized operating principles, creates added value for its shareholders and seeks working methods and solutions that promote sustainable development.

#4 Environmental Responsibility

Bittium´s business is mainly focused on product design, assembly by manufacturers, sales and marketing.

These processes only account for a small share of the products´ life cycle impacts. The greatest environmental impact occurs during the last stage of the product life cycle, i.e. recycling.