The InExchange Environmental award is awarded to companies in the InExchange Network that in one way or another have taken special measures to reduce their own paper consumption and that of others.
This year it goes to Unident in Falkenberg, which has doubled the proportion of e-invoices since it started to send all its invoices via InExchange Network in March 2014. Doing so allowed it to find many e-invoice recipients among its suppliers who previously had received paper invoices from Unident.
This is the reason why Unident won:
Unident AB now sends 60% e-invoices. Since March 2014, it has saved not only the environment, but also SEK 106,301 in postage and more than three times that in administrative costs.
“We log on to the InExchange Network and every now and then look to see whether our customers can receive e-invoices.
If this is not possible for them yet, they can often receive a pdf,” explains Annica Olsson, accounting clerk at Unident.
Those who cannot receive e-invoices have received pdf invoices by e-mail and, as a last resort, by paper.
But even the paper invoices have become more environmentally friendly than before.
“Before we sent e-invoices, pdfs and paper invoices via InExchange, we posted them ourselves. This involved posting and transporting invoices out of Sweden. Now the invoices are printed and posted in the countries in which they will be delivered, and that is certainly a small environmental benefit in itself,” says Roger Fredman, logistics manager at Unident.
But sending e-invoices instead of paper invoices is not the only thing Unident does for the environment.
“We do a lot of work involving green choices, for example, when choosing transport. Transporting goods is something that has a major environmental impact, and it is unavoidable when selling physical products. That is why it is extra important to look for environmentally friendly alternatives,” says Roger.
Unident was started in 1992 by Marcus and Christian Nordvall, sons of a dentist. They are one of the Nordic region’s largest distributors of dental equipment, and they also offer IT solutions for dental care. Unident has offices in three countries and is headquartered in Falkenberg. The group employs around 120 people.
The InExchange environmental award has previously gone to Svevia, Swedol and Maskinfirma Glaj.