Millum takes social responsibility
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world’s joint roadmap for eradicating poverty, combating inequality and stopping climate change. The aim is to do this by 2030. The goals put environmental, economic and social development into a cohesive context.
Millum is working to develop digital solutions that help our customers to engage in sustainable trade using our portals.
This is important as our solutions are used for trading worth in excess of NOK 8 billion. Millum can help to make a positive difference and create long-term values for people and the environment – in our own business and via the companies we work with.
We have gathered our main activities around two of the UN’s SDGs. You can read more about these and the accompanying targets below:
We aim to develop solutions and services that simplify our customers’ work with the sustainability goals they themselves have chosen. We will achieve this through collaboration and partnership.
The HORECA sector’s sustainability goals – set into systems
Millum shall be proactive, knowledgeable and reliable in developing new products and services. Our market position enables us, for example, to simplify the measurement and monitoring of sustainability actions for a large number of organisations. Based on this, we aim to have a significant influence on sustainability work in our industry.
Partnership for innovation
Millum connects the purchaser side and supplier side in the HORECA sector, acting as a link between the two. Through our network and our platform, we can mobilise many players towards a common goal. Moreover, we collaborate with various parties who work on specific problems the industry wants to solve, from founders to major networks and centres of excellence. We are members of the UN Global Compact.
E-commerce itself provides good control and management of purchases, and is an important tool in assuring sustainable choices. We also work with a raft of other initiatives aiming to help the industry become more sustainable.
Millum collaborates with Factlines so that our customers can better document that they have control over both environmental issues and ethical aspects in their supply chain – down to every single party. Factlines facilitates accountability in the value chain, so that businesses can ensure basic human rights and decent working conditions further down the supply chain. The same applies to Millum, we use Factlines' tool in connection with all our own suppliers to secure our supply chain.
Planning and control reduce food waste
Food waste is perhaps the industry’s greatest challenge, with discarded food representing not only unnecessary climate emissions, but also lost earnings. We work with TotalCtrl and Matvett to help the industry reduce food waste. We have also been involved in establishing, and now deliver technology for, Verdimat, a wholesale company that distributes surplus goods from the grocery and food service sectors.
Member report for the UN Global Compact
In 2019, Millum joined the world's, and Norway's, largest charity for business and sustainability - where work is being done to fulfill the UN's 10 principles for responsible business in addition to the sustainability goals mentioned above. The collaboration provides guidelines for how the company ensures responsible operations within human rights, working life, anti-corruption and environment. We have submitted our second report on how we work with sustainability and social responsibility:
Gender equality in the workplace as well
Millum is an IT company, and belongs to an industry where women are underrepresented. We want to contribute to a more even gender balance in the industry through recruitment, voluntary initiatives and as a supporter of PLAN Norway.
In 2022 and 2023, several of our female employees have participated in the TENK Tech Camp, which aims to inspire girls of secondary school age to choose science and technology subjects.
PLAN Norway always has several ongoing projects, one of which always focuses on girls' access to education.