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Our strategy and purpose

Our strategy is to accelerate An Post's journey to having a positive environmental impact, equality for all and create everyday opportunities for consumers to live a more sustainable life

At An Post we recognise that our operations impact every county, community, household and business in Ireland. We are one of the largest employers, we maintain one of the largest fleets and we operate the country’s largest retail network. With a presence in every community, we have a responsibility to ensure that we leave a better world for future generations. This is reflected in our Purpose:

We aim to achieve this by embedding sustainability in everything we do in An Post. Every day, sustainability informs all aspects of our business and enables us to deliver benefits to our employees, our customers and the communities we serve. In particular, we are:

  • Revolutionising our operations to reduce waste, source sustainably and improve efficiency.
  • Partnering with industry leaders to ignite innovation.
  • Collaborating and sharing what we have learned with others
  • Making a positive impact on our communities and our planet
  • Leading the way in making sustainable living commonplace in Ireland.

UN sustainable development goals

Our steps to make a positive, community-wide impact are guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Like other European postal operators, we are focussed on the five UN SDGs relevant to our sector, as we believe these are where we have the greatest capacity for impact and action (see our materiality assessment on page 63). These five SDGs guide the development of our sustainability strategy as making progress on climate action is not possible without taking care of our employees; investing in sustainable infrastructure; supporting and being part of sustainable communities; and adopting a circular economy business model.
By prioritising these, we can address the biggest challenges which face our business and will impact our future growth. Nonetheless we also understand the holistic and inter-connected nature of all seventeen Goals and remain committed to supporting the achievement of all of them.

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