Anticipating tomorrow’s challenges by building a sustainable company

by Rune Bosselmann, Director of TANA Netting

Sustainability at NRS International and its subsidiaries means continuously evolving our business model to deliver profitable growth, while leveraging the efficiencies of lean manufacturing, minimizing our environmental impact and bringing positive change across the entire supply chain.

Ideally, well-managed Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) creates social and environmental value, while supporting business objectives, reducing operating costs, and enhancing relationships with key stakeholders and customers. This approach has been adopted by leading global companies signatories to the UN Global Compact and is reflected in the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The UN Global Compact, to which we have been members since 2012, asks companies ‘to  first do business responsibly and then pursue  opportunities to solve societal challenges through business innovation and collaboration.’

“With CSR at our core, we optimize our shared resources today while cultivating a favorable business ecosystem of tomorrow.”

Rune Bosselmann, Director of TANA Netting  | Sustainability at NRS International

TANA Netting’s long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) production unit has a capacity of seven million nets a year.

We are on a continuous quest to improve processes, environmental performance and positively impact our stakeholders and track and set benchmarks for this process using GRI Standards for reporting.

Our sustainability progress


In 2017, we introduced SAP software to streamline production.



We are planning the conversion from high to low emissions fuel for the TANA Netting production facility. Investment has started mid-2017, expected completion in 2018.



Energy consumption per kg of fabric has been reduced by 6% through machinery improvement.



TANA Netting has improved the efficiency of loading LLIN containers, resulting in CO2 emission reduction by 5%.


Following TANA Netting’s progress

In 2017, TANA Netting, part of NRS International, has published its first report based on GRI Standards, and for years to come we hope to use its guidelines and materiality assessment process as strategic tools to guide the future of our company, influence long-term management strategy, policy and business plans. Click here to download TANA Netting Sustainability Report 2016-2017.

Hopefully, our clients, the humanitarian actors and partners, will adopt this approach. This enables us, as a sector, to provide material information on sustainable performance. By doing so, we will ensure that industry norms, including procurement processes, are continuously lifted by holding up best practices, increased transparency and good conduct.

TANA Netting sustainability 2016-2017 highlights Having a sustainable company means, in many instances, anticipating tomorrow’s challenges. NRS International aims to help shape the humanitarian market into a future in which the development potential of donor funds at production stages will be recognized as valuable and greater emphasis is put on local capacity building – a requirement for countries’ development on the long term.

This story originally appeared in our Annual Report 2016-2017 publication.

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