Navico is dedicated to preserving the joy of being out on the water for current and future generations
In 2021, we undertook a Materiality process to identify the priority issues that are most important to us and our stakeholders. Our top five environmental issues are highlighted below, along with our commitment to community engagement.
Clean Ocean & Waterways
We work with support partners and organisations that share our ambition for clean and healthy oceans and waterways.
We aim to support and partner with organizations that share our vision and are making a positive impact, including: SailGP, Plastic Odyssey, Barba.no, Boris Herrmann Racing, and the 11th Hour Racing Team.
We will continue to increase our efforts in this area, in line with research, science and our capabilities.
Sustainable Fishing and Habitat Conservation
Sustainable fishing means leaving enough fish in the ocean, protecting habitats and threatened species. By safeguarding the oceans, people who depend on fishing can maintain their livelihoods.
Our core product, Biobase, supports efforts to measure and manage aquatic vegetation, and we support organizations that are dedicated to sustainable fishing and habitat restoration.
Find out more about Biobase
Our technology supports hybrid and electric boats to drive efficiently.
We are increasingly working with partners on electrification and alternative propulsion projects.
In September 2021, Navico announced a partnership with the E1 Series, the world’s first electric powerboating championship, scheduled to kick off in early 2023 with up to 12 teams set to race on a tight, technical course reaching speeds up to 50 knots (58mph; 93km/h).
Technology that Supports Sustainability
Industry partners and customers increasingly look to our technology in helping them towards their sustainability objectives, like using our integrated electronics system to drive more efficiently, reduce their footprint, manage alternative propulsion systems and improve the safety onboard, among others.
For example, Simrad Yachting and Venetian-boat builder Cantieri Nautici Vizianello have collaborated on innovation to create a new generation of water taxi that promises to revolutionise transport in the city of Venice and contribute to environmental sustainability.
We are committed to product durability and servicing where possible.
We are working to increase the recyclability and sustainability of the materials in our products and are committed to 100% sustainable packaging by the end of 2022.
In addition, in 2022 we aim to reduce our use of virgin raw materials, such as plastic, metals and paper, and to make meaningful progress on circularity in the design and manufacturing of our products.
Community Engagement & Volunteering
Navico enables its employees to support the communities in which we live and work through volunteering. All Navico staff can utilize a volunteering day in an organization of their choosing to support environmental and/or social initiatives. For some time, our primary production facility in Ensenada (Baja California, Mexico) has organized employee-led initiatives in its community.
Volunteering activities have included clean-up activities in local beaches and parks, item donations for vulnerable families during the COVID-19 pandemic, and support to homeless shelters, among others.
Our Journey so Far
Here are the latest sustainability stories from around our business and brands.
Navico Joins Responsible Business Alliance as Supporter Member
Simrad Yachting and Cantieri Nautici Vizianello Collaborate on Sustainable Water Taxi Transport
Navico Launches New Sustainable Packaging Program
E1 Series Powerboat Championship Names Simrad Products as Official Marine Electronics Partner
Brunswick Corporation Publishes 2021 Sustainability Report & Announces Hiring of Company’s First Chief Sustainability Officer
OUR GOALS FOR 2022
In 2022, we’re focused on ten sustainability goals aligned to our priorities and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and we will share our progress against these goals. We are also aligning with our parent company Brunswick on longer term goals which we will communicate at a later stage.
Develop products and solutions for cleaner and healthier oceans and waterways, and accelerate the energy transition in the boating industry
Support sustainable fishing and habitat conservation
Increase engagement with our sustainability messages, partnerships and actions
Reduce our use of virgin raw materials and make meaningful progress on circularity in the design and manufacturing of our products
Contribute to climate change mitigation through efforts aligned with parent company Brunswick (logistics, energy procurement, travel and commuting and supplier engagement)
Support communities in which we live and work through employee volunteering
Ensure human rights are respected in our operations and supply chain
Increase company-wide internal engagement on sustainability through monthly internal webinars, newsletter articles, sustainability hackathons, among other efforts
Implement a sustainable procurement program in 2022
Manage and resolve sustainability grievances in a timely manner when raised
“Sustainability is one of the three pillars of our strategy. As leaders in marine technology, we recognize our responsibility to this planet, and we will only be successful if all oceans and waterways, the Earth’s environment, and the people who live in it are thriving.”
– Knut Frostad
There is a central Sustainability team, managed by the Chief Sustainability Officer who reports directly into our CEO.
Chief Sustainability Officer
SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT LEAD
A Message From the Team
Dear Navico Friends,
We all must do more to turn the tide on humanity’s harmful impact on our environment and water.
Water covers roughly 71% of the Earth’s surface, 97% is found in the oceans and 3% is freshwater. These water systems are facing unprecedented and evolving changes due to global warming, pollution and overexploitation. There is an increasing number of marine dead zones, more than 40% of our freshwater systems are severely polluted, the acidity of the ocean is up 26% (caused by pollution and climate change) since the beginning of the industrial era, and about a third of global fisheries are overfished. This is resulting in numerous impacts on environmental and human systems.
Navico is uniquely positioned as a global leader in marine electronics to impact change, and we are serious about doing our part to eliminate our negative impacts, and innovate and partner for sustainability. We know that to be successful, sustainability has to be a part of everything we do – in our core processes, central to relationships with our stakeholders, and in the decisions that we make every day.
We conducted our first materiality exercise in 2021, and the five priorities that we identified – which are outlined on this website – form the foundation of our sustainability strategy. We have a global Sustainability team who reports directly in to our CEO, and in addition, we have a sustainability integration team with at least one representative from each department, region and brand, representing our global operations.
Collectively, we have set company-wide sustainability goals (outlined above), and manage a company-wide Sustainability Roadmap with internal resources dedicated to meeting these goals. We track KPIs against our goals that are communicated and discussed at the Corporate Executive Committee at least monthly. In September 2021, we were acquired by Brunswick, a company with a strong focus on sustainability. Navico is now a part of their sustainability committee and we are furthering our integration and areas where we can clearly work together. Navico strives to transform what we can, impact what we can, and drive change where we can. We know that to be successful in creating a sustainable future, we have to collaborate internally and with our industry peers and beyond.
We are on a journey, and we welcome ideas, input and feedback – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s to a successful and sustainable future…
– The Navico Sustainability Team
QUESTIONS & CONTACT
For any Sustainability related issues, questions, suggestions or feedback, please contact the Sustainability team.