Sustainability at airBaltic

SUSTAINABILITY / July
Photos courtesy of airBaltic

In 2020, the stakeholders and management of airBaltic came up with a materiality matrix, which prioritised sustainability as one of the company’s main goals. This encouraged airBaltic to explore in detail 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. Even though airBaltic contributes to all of the SDGs, it mainly focuses on five that are the most relevant for the airline’s business: decent work and economic growth; industry innovation and infrastructure; responsible consumption and production; climate action; and peace, justice, and strong institutions. Moreover, as an innovative airline with ambitious goals in terms of sustainability, airBaltic has already achieved several goals during the first six months of 2022.


DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced the Latvian airline airBaltic as THE WINNER OF ITS DIVERSITY & INCLUSION TEAM AWARD. The awards ceremony took place during IATA’s annual general meeting in Doha, Qatar. Overall, since 2013, airBaltic has maintained a full gender balance throughout the company. Currently, 47% of airBaltic employees are women, and also 45% of airBaltic’s top management representatives are women.




Willie Walsh, Director General of IATA
Martin Gauss, CEO and President of airBaltic
Daniela Bergmane, International Media Communications Coordinator of airBaltic
His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group CEO of Qatar Airways
Alīna Roščina, SVP Human Resources of airBaltic

Pauls Juris Cālītis, Chief Operations Officer of airBaltic

To support young people who have now begun their summer holidays, in cooperation with the State Employment Agency, airBaltic has offered SUMMER JOBS AT THE AIRLINE FOR PUPILS. This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience and an insight into the aviation industry and also give a helping hand to our passenger handling agents. careers.airbaltic.com

In May, airBaltic announced the third ALFA Leaders group for its employees, called ‘HIGH-POTENTIAL EMPLOYEE SELECTION’. The internal airBaltic Leaders for Future programme (ALFA) is a learning and development programme created to enable high-potential employees to improve their skills and talents, reach their career goals, and contribute to the future success of the company.


INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE

airBaltic is proud to have opened its FIRST BASE OUTSIDE THE BALTICS. Starting this May, seven direct flights are now being operated from its new base in Tampere, Finland, in addition to continued operations to Riga, Latvia. By opening a new base, airBaltic is providing new travel opportunities and also helping to develop the whole region of Tampere.

In its effort to foster a culture of innovation within the airline, airBaltic has announced the launch of its NEW INTERNAL IDEA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, airBaltic ideaHub. Designed to empower visionary ideas and transform them into reality, it’s a unique way to capture and advance internal developments. Every employee of airBaltic now has the opportunity to share ideas by submitting a proposal on how to enhance the development of the airline in line with the company’s core values (We deliver, We care, We grow) and long-term commitment to sustainability.

airBaltic PLANS TO LAUNCH ITS SECOND NFT (NON-FUNGIBLE TOKEN) PROJECT, CALLED PLANIES. While the Planies NFT has not yet been issued, anyone interested in the project can join the public allowlist and read the story on the dedicated website planiesnft.com. Planies are a special cartoon aircraft design collection of 10,000 one-of-a-kind collectibles stored on the Ethereum blockchain. Powered by airBaltic, every joyful Planie is a unique work of art generated from 180 different traits, such as wings, engines, a mouth, eyes, and more. To bring added value to collectors, all holders of Planies collectibles will be able to enjoy various travel-related benefits offered by the airBaltic Club loyalty programme, including loyalty points, vouchers, and other privileges.


RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

This year for the second time, airBaltic was assessed by the Sustainability Index organised by THE INSTITUTE FOR CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY IN LATVIA AND WAS AWARDED WITH THE GOLD CATEGORY. Last year airBaltic was awarded with the Silver Category, so this is a great achievement during the year. The index is a strategic management tool based on an internationally recognised methodology helping to identify the sustainability of company operations and their level of corporate responsibility. It also lets companies know how they can improve in this regard.

By heading towards reductions of CO2 in its daily operations, airBaltic HAS ORDERED 24 ELECTRIC VEHICLES for its ground handling, technical, and several other departments. The company has already installed seven charging stations on the apron of Riga Airport, with 15 more to be installed by the end of the year.




CLIMATE ACTION

To reduce its CO2 footprint, airBaltic has launched a new project for its employees, namely, the BT CARPOOL. The main goal of this project is to encourage employees to share the journey to work by giving a lift to a colleague living nearby or along their usual route. By doing so, employees reduce the number of cars in the streets and reduce their CO2 footprint.

PEACE, JUSTICE, AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS

Considering the situation in Ukraine, airBaltic has tried to support the country’s people as much as possible. The company supported the visit by President of the Republic of Latvia Egils Levits to the Republic of Moldova in April and DELIVERED HUMANITARIAN RELIEF CARGO TO THE UKRAINIAN REFUGEE CENTRE IN CHISINAU. On the return flight, airBaltic carried Ukrainian refugees along with the presidential delegation.

airBaltic has also found other ways TO SUPPORT THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE, including organising a remote open-house event for Ukrainian refugees to learn about job opportunities at the airline. All those interested in working in the aviation industry were invited to join the online event. In addition, airBaltic has internally shared information on how to support the people of Ukraine. You can also do it here: ukraine-latvia.com


 
Source of publication — Baltic Outlook inflight magazine