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Sustainability

Our impact

Tobii Dynavox communication aids change the lives of people with disabilities by enabling greater independence. They also bring substantial relief to family members, communities, healthcare systems and society as a whole. Those using our technology gain valuable rights by having a voice.

Our ESG strategy

While Tobii Dynavox has a clear focus on social sustainability via our offering of life-changing assistive communication solutions, we also strive to lead with a broader ESG focus, one that includes strong business ethics, a fair and inclusive workplace, and a low impact on the environment. These are the responsibilities of all company employees, as well as our partners and suppliers.

Woman using a Tobii Dynavox communication aid as a form of assistive communication.

Our sustainability goals

We contribute directly to several of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals which form the core of our sustainability strategy. Our communication aids have so far helped over 100 000 people, enabling them to gain literacy, use a digital voice and access computers with just their eyes.

Our six focus areas:

#3 Good health & well-being

We empower those who use our solutions to make their voice heard and be more independent, impacting their well-being and the lives of those around them.

#4 Quality education

We help students with disabilities learn literacy skills via inclusive communication solutions designed for both the special education classroom and home schooling.

#10 Reduced inequalities

We create conditions for inclusion in society by enabling those with disabilities to communicate and use the same technology as everyone else.

#8 Decent work & economic growth

We affect the work environment of our own employees and those working across our supply chain via our policies and procedures.

#12 Responsible consumption & production

We make products that consume as little energy as possible while allowing for repair and replacement of components to extend their life cycle.

#13 Climate action

We commit to reducing our environmental impact and strive to reduce CO2 emissions from office energy consumption, product transport and business travel.

Podcast

Listen to an interview with our Chief People and Sustainability Officer to find out where we stand and where we’re heading with our ESG strategy:

Success stories

Meet some of the people who inspire our work. They communicate in new ways when facing the challenges that come with being unable to use their hands, voice or both.

Meet Brock

This energetic kid on the autism spectrum takes his communication aid with him wherever he goes. He’s even started teaching his classmates how to use it.

Meet Delaina

This young woman with cerebral palsy graduated from university with a marketing degree and uses her skills and experience as a disability influencer and advocate.

Solutions that change lives

Tobii Dynavox creates assistive communication solutions that directly improve the well-being and inclusion in society of hundreds of thousands of people and potentially millions more.

Furthermore, our solutions for the special education classroom also help students with disabilities learn to read and write and provide them with a voice so that they are not excluded from the mainstream education system, whether in the classroom or at home.

Our special education software, Boardmaker, helps millions of students with learning challenges by drawing on our library of over 50,000 Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) for effective communication, natural learning, and customized education programs for students with disabilities. To date, over 165,000 people worldwide have benefitted from our solutions.

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165,722

Aggregate number of people who have used our products
(January 2015 − December 31, 2021)

165,722 voices

#10

Aggregate number of users of our products
(January 2015 − December 31, 2021)

Power to be you spinner

The ability to communicate, make one’s voice heard and live a more independent life makes an enormous difference to those who use our solutions, as well as the people around them.

A sustainable work environment

As a business, Tobii Dynavox has the opportunity to drive inclusion in society. As an employer, naturally this extends to our own workplace as well.

We have a desire and obligation to contribute to greater equality and diversity in our organization, which entails having a diverse workforce in terms of skills, nationality, class, age, gender, disability, culture, family background, ethnicity, sexual orientation and everything else that makes us unique as human beings. We strive to better reflect this diversity among our employees in order to add new perspectives to our business. In this way, we can better understand the varied perspectives of our customers, adapt our solutions and make an even greater difference to people around the world.

As an employer, Tobii Dynavox also directly impacts our employees’ safety, work environment and development opportunities via our health and safety policies and procedures, and indirectly across our supply chain, through our supplier code of conduct. We also focus on a sustainable work-life balance with a hybrid work-from-home model available to all employees.

Our employees’ satisfaction shows in our latest eNPS score of 37 (on a scale of -100 to 100, where 9 is the average). In the same survey, our Engagement Score was 4.0 (out of a possible 5.0, where the peer group average was 3.7).

#3

50

Percentage of women represented
at all levels of the company

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eNPS = 37

Employee net promoter score on
a scale of -100 to 100

#3

50

Percentage of women represented
at all levels of the company

eNPS = 37

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Employee net promoter score
on a scale of -100 to 100

Environment and climate action

Product life cycle and transport create our greatest impact on the environment and climate. That is why we strive to maximize the life cycle of our products by making them robust enough to cope with different types of environments, while consuming low energy and allowing for repair and replacement of components.

To minimize scrap and electronic waste, our production team repairs returned and faulty devices, which we then lend to our customers to try before they commit. This has led to thousands of units being reused this year alone. Furthermore, like all responsible companies, everyone in the organization is responsible for reducing our overall environmental impact, from reducing energy consumption to minimizing business travel.

Man repairing a Tobii Dynavox assistive communication device.

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ISO 14001

Recertification completed in 2021

#4

2,712

Number of refurbished devices loaned out in 2021

#3

ISO 14001

Recertification completed in 2021

2,712

#10

Number of refurbished communication
devices loaned out in 2021

Emissions & electricity consumption

We monitor the following emissions and aim to further develop these metrics, particularly the indirect emissions resulting from the production and use of our communication devices:

Emissions
Emissions from private cars used for business purposes and leased cars 539 tCO2e2
Emissions from purchased electricity and heat 309 tCO2e3
Electricity consumption (Sweden) 90,257 kWh + 221 mWh for heat
Electricity consumption (USA) 709,558 kWh + 3172 m3 gas
Transport of goods (Sweden) 188 tCO2e4
Emissions from planes (Sweden) 19 tCO2e5
Emissions
Emissions from private cars used for business purposes and leased cars 539 tCO2e2
Emissions from purchased electricity and heat 309 tCO2e3
Electricity consumption (Sweden) 90,257 kWh + 221 mWh for heat
Electricity consumption (USA) 709,558 kWh + 3172 m3 gas
Transport of goods (Sweden) 188 tCO2e4
Emissions from planes (Sweden) 19 tCO2e5

If the above emissions were instead to be reconfigured as scope 1−3 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the summary would be as follows:

Scope 1: 10.4 tCO2e
cars leased in Sweden, Norway and Germany

Scope 2: 309.9 tCO2e
electricity, district heating, and gas for heating purchased in the US

Scope 3: 736.4 tCO2e
transport of products and business flights in Sweden and use of private cars in the US & UK

(see how these calculations were made on p. 44 of our Sustainability Report)

Code of conduct

The Tobii Dynavox Code of Conduct defines our business ethics principles. It is based on the UN Global Compact, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, EU Market Abuse Regulation, the Nasdaq rule book, and the Swedish Corporate Governance Code.

The Code of Business Conduct is a framework that includes the Employer Policy, Anti-corruption Policy, Export Policy, Information Policy, Insider Trading Policy, Whistleblower Policy, Environmental Policy and Supplier Policy.

The Tobii Dynavox Supplier Code of Conduct is based on the Responsible Business Alliance Code of Conduct, which is an industry standard for companies in the electronics industry, and includes human and labor rights, anti-corruption and the environment and climate. Both our own Code of Conduct and the Supplier Code of Conduct state that all employees should have freedom of association. All new employees complete training in the Code of Business Conduct.

Learn more about our corporate governance >