Sustainability reporting, Q1 2020

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Everything we do is driven by our desire to put children first. We champion the power of learning through play to inspire children to become the builders of tomorrow, and provide safe physical and digital products that promote children’s wellbeing.

Inspiring children to learn through play

Most of our traditional programs are designed to encourage children to play together. In the first half of 2020, COVID-19 reshaped how we reached children with Learning Through Play initiatives. We shifted our focus to financial donations to charity partners who support children in Learning Through Play, expecting to reach over 1 million children through these grants in 2020. We also provided product donations, donating over 85,465 sets to children in need of play in Q1 2020.
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Most of our employee volunteering activities are held in Q3 and Q4 to coincide with seasonal events.

In Q1, 266 employees participated in volunteering activities. COVID-19 prevented previously planned face-to-face activities and instead, we engaged employees from across the company in creating content for our Let’s Build Together initiative.

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Virtual Play Week

Each year, we celebrate the power of play by inviting all employees to play for a day and inspire them to become ‘Learning Through Play’ ambassadors. However this year, in response to the COVID-19 situation, Play Day became a Virtual Play Week in June 2020.

Every employee received a LEGO® Classic box with an invitation to join us for the Virtual Play Week – 5 days of live and recorded sessions on the endless creativity, challenges and potential that can be unlocked through Play. An invitation to join the event was shared with Merlin Entertainments, which owns LEGOLAND theme parks and partner organization who share our belief in Learning Through Play.


Our ambition is for our business is to go beyond zero impact and to have a positive impact on the environment. Here’s what we’re doing to reduce waste, use sustainable materials and become emissions free.
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Sustainable materials

Our ambition is to make LEGO® bricks from sustainable sources by 2030 without compromising quality or safety. This a bold ambition as it requires creating entirely new materials. Currently, around 2% of LEGO elements (80 of the 3,600 available) are made from materials that meet our sustainability requirements, including the leaves of the LEGO® Ideas Treehouse.
LEGO Replay box ready to be shipped
Since the launch of LEGO® Replay in August 2019
(78,433kg ) of LEGO® bricks have been donated as part of the program, reaching at least 17,000 children. During the first half of 2020 more than 15,300 brick boxes were passed on from LEGO owners to children in need of play, and 4,300 of these supported first graders with hands-on Learning Through Play during their distance learning.

Carbon efficiency

In 2016, we partnered with the WWF to set a target to improve the carbon efficiency of making LEGO® bricks by 10% by 2020. In Q1 2020 our carbon efficiency increased by 8.2% compared to the same period last year. We have several energy projects planned for this year that will enable us to meet our 2020 targets, such as adding heat recovery to air compressors used in our factories and installing solar panels at our factories in Nyíregyháza, Hungary and Jiaxing, China.
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Zero waste

By 2025, our ambition is to ensure no waste from any LEGO® factory, office, or store reaches landfill. We are on track to meet this target and currently recycle 92% of all waste, including 100% of plastic waste from our moulding machines. We have ambitious plans for 2020, however new projects planned in Q1 and Q2 have been postponed to Q3 and Q4 due to the impact of COVID-19 on production facilities.

Don’t let it go to waste

In 2016 we set an ambitious target in partnership with WWF to improve waste efficiency from our operations by 10% by 2020. With 3,773 tonnes of waste in Q1 of 2020, the waste efficiency improvement has increased by 20% compared to the same period in 2019. However we do expect to produce the same amount of waste in 2020 as 2019. The reduction in Q1 was due to the temporary closure of factories in China and Mexico due to the impact of COVID-19.
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We care deeply about the people who make LEGO® play experiences possible. Here’s what we’re doing to ensure our workplace and supply chain are safe and inclusive.

Celebrating diversity

We aim for a diverse and inclusive workplace that brings together people of different nationalities, ethnicities, genders and capabilities. In 2019, women accounted for 43% of positions filled at manager level and above, (including 63% of the Vice President and Senior Vice President roles filled). And in Q1 of 2020, the figure has increased to 46%.
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A responsible supply chain

Our suppliers are audited regularly by third parties to comply with our Responsible Business Principles.

2020 audits have been affected by the COVID-19 situation with health and safety concerns resulting in restriction on travel, factory closures and the decision to postpone audits. 18% of audits have been carried out and we aim to complete 100% by the end of 2020. In 36% of audits we identified higher-risk non-conformities.

Some suppliers have been producing essential materials for other customers to help manage the spread of COVID-19. This has resulted in increased working hours. We worked with them to balance the need for critical materials with reasonable working hours. This included extending delivery deadlines for LEGO products and providing online training to suppliers on this issue. We are collaborating closely with these suppliers to return to normalized working hours as soon as possible.

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2019 sustainability headlines

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