On a mission to deliver zero-waste supply chains

January 23, 2023

Press release from Controlant

Controlant’s vision is to unleash the power of people and technology to deliver zero-waste supply chains for its partners and the planet. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at Controlant. Our core value proposition is to make the world’s supply chains more sustainable, resilient, and integrated. Due to ever-growing demand for Controlant’s solutions from new and existing customers in the pharmaceutical industry, Controlant is announcing the formation of a new sustainability team led to support further growth and accelerate our sustainability journey.

The new sustainability team is led by Vicki Preibisch, Vice President of Sustainability. With Vicki on the team are Sigurður Pétur Markússon, Sustainability Analyst and Unnur Þórdís Kristinsdóttir, Sustainability Analyst.

Gísli Herjólfsson, CEO and co-founder at Controlant:

“Sustainability is more important than ever for our customers, employees, suppliers, lenders, and investors. At Controlant, we are driven by our vision to enable a zero-waste supply chain for our partners and the planet. We continuously improve product quality and safety in the global pharma supply chain with our real-time visibility solutions and services. I’m pleased to have Vicki Preibisch joining us, leading Sustainability at Controlant. I am confident that Vicki and the newly formed sustainability team will accelerate our sustainability journey and help us deliver on our ambitious growth strategy and bring value to our customers”.

Our new sustainability team

Vicki Preibisch, Vice President of Sustainability    
Vicki Preibisch has been appointed as the first ever VP of Sustainability at Controlant responsible for driving Controlant’s sustainability efforts. Her appointment follows the approval of Controlant’s Corporate Social Responsibility guidance policy as compass for sustainable development and the company joining theUN Global Compact.

Vicki is a senior sustainability practitioner and is certified as a Sustainability and Climate Risk expert by the Global Association of Risk Professionals. Vicki brings a wealth of 16 years+ corporate, international experience that will support Controlant’s ambitious growth journey. Vicki is joining from Marel, where she worked in Investor Relations and Sustainability since 2019. At Marel Vicki led ESG reporting including climate-related financial disclosures, ESG rating discussions and supported the organization in setting science-based targets. Prior to moving to Iceland Vicki was a Vice President in Corporate & Investment Banking at Citigroup in Amsterdam and worked as an Analyst and Research Associate at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London.

Sigurður Pétur Markússon, Sustainability Analyst
Sigurður holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration and M.Sc. in Innovation Management from Reykjavík University. During his studies Sigurður went on an exchange for two semesters to IÉSEG School of Management, Paris. Sigurður is a sustainability enthusiast. During his studies Sigurður focused on sustainable development and frequently participated in innovation competitions. He participated in starting up a Carbon offsetting company, did a double internship at Marel´s sustainability team within the innovation department. As well as representing Reykjavík University in a circular economy conference in Bucharest.

Unnur Þórdís Kristinsdóttir, Sustainability Analyst
Unnur holds a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration from Reykjavík University. In her studies she focused on sustainability and wrote her thesis on ESG risks in food retail. During her studies Unnur went on an exchange to Esade Business School, Barcelona. Where she also did an internship at Iceland Seafood Ibérica, conducting market research for frozen fish. Previously Unnur worked at Marel as a Business Analyst supporting the sales organization within the industry Retail and Food Service Solutions. In her role at Marel Unnur oversaw KPI dashboards, organized business reviews, set up the annual sales business cycle and took part in sustainability development projects.

Vicki Preibisch, VP of Sustainability: 
“Controlant’s vision is to unleash the power of people and technology to deliver zero-waste supply chains for its partners and the planet. Sustainability has always been at the heart of everything we do at Controlant. Our core value proposition is to make the world’s supply chains more sustainable, resilient, and integrated.

We recognize the urgency to protect our planet, to meet the needs of a growing population and generations to come. As a company with true purpose and impact for our employees, customers, shareholders and stakeholders, we aspire to become one of the most sustainable companies in our industry, setting a clear path towards sustainability leadership, by balancing environmental, social, and economic performance.”

Controlant’s climate action plan 

Controlant’s aim is to demonstrate its climate commitment towards a net zero-carbon future by doing the following:

Establish a greenhouse gas emission baseline no later than 2023.  
This means we will build an inventory of sources of carbon emission from our business activities, covering scope 1, scope 2, and scope 3. The emission baseline provides our starting point against which we measure our progress and define a path towards decarbonization.

Set science-based targets no later than 2024.  
Science-based targets provide a clearly defined pathway for companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the latest climate science to halve emissions before 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions before 2050. Controlant will have its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative.

Report sustainability information on an annual basis starting in 2023. 
This includes company-wide greenhouse gas emissions inventory and progress against published targets. Transparency is one of Controlant’s core values. In 2023 we are taking first steps towards measuring and externally reporting our sustainability information, following best-practice guidelines and internationally recognized ESG reporting standards, such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and frameworks such as the UN Global Compact and Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures. Over time we expect our ESG reporting to become more granular, steering Controlant towards sustainability leadership, enabling our customers and suppliers to execute on their climate commitments.

We will do this by:

  • Engaging with our suppliers on collaborative mutual improvement actions, as most of our carbon emissions are likely to come from the goods and services we purchase.
  • Work with our customers on enabling them to deliver on their climate strategies, by supporting them with actionable insights and analytics to make their supply chains more agile and resilient from end to end.
  • Define key levers as part of our decarbonization strategy. These will include incorporating circularity and sustainability aspects into our R&D, innovating for smarter product use and manufacturing with the aim of designing out waste and pollution from our products and solutions. This will include performing life-cycle-analysis on our solutions to understand their footprint and impact throughout the value chain.
  •  Train all our employees on sustainability matters.
  • Championing sustainability excellence through governance.

Controlant supports the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. In 2022 we committed to implementing those principles as part of our operations and culture, with a focus on UN Sustainable Development Goals #2 zero hunger, #3 good health and well-being, #5 gender equality, #12 responsible consumption and production, and #13 climate action.

About Controlant
Controlant is a leading, international software tech company, with head offices in Iceland, providing real-time monitoring supply chain solutions for pharmaceutical companies. Founded in 2007 and backed by a strong investor base, Controlant generated around USD 130 million in revenues at year-end 2022. With 410 employees across ten countries, Controlant’s 24/7 monitoring and response services provide control-tower visibility for pharma shipments, ensuring product quality and integrity. Controlant’s Digital Visibility Platform solution provides a single source of supply chain truth, consisting of reusable Internet of Things data loggers that send mission-critical data and insights in real-time Its solutions support the safer, more reliable, more traceable, and more sustainable transport of pharmaceutical products.

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