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Our strategy and purpose

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:

To achieve this, we are committed to having a positive environmental and social impact, ensuring equality for all and creating everyday opportunities to make sustainable living commonplace across the country for all citizens, communities, and businesses, by embedding sustainability in everything we do. Sustainability informs every aspect of our business, every single day, enabling us to deliver benefits to our employees, our customers and the communities we serve. We are:

  • Leading the way in making sustainable living commonplace in Ireland
  • Revolutionising our operations to reduce waste, source sustainably and improve efficiency
  • Partnering with industry leaders to ignite innovation
  • A national champion for protecting the planet
  • Making a positive impact on our communities and our planet

UN sustainable development goals

Our sustainability strategy is centred around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). In common with the European postal sector, we focus on five sector-relevant UN SDGs. These guide the development of our sustainability strategy, and are where we believe that we have the greatest capacity for impact and action (see our Materiality Assessment on page 51). By prioritising these, we can address the biggest challenges that currently face our business and will impact on our future growth.

Whilst our primary focus is on these five SDGs, we take a holistic view of sustainability. We are mindful of the inter-connected nature of all seventeen of the UN SDGs. This means 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. Therefore, we remain committed to supporting the achievement of all of the UN SDGs.

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