As far back as 1908, and long before "Corporate Social Responsibility" (CSR) was conceptualised, Palsgaard's founder Einar Viggo Schou established a strong tradition in responsibility. For him, this meant looking after employees and their families, the local communities in which Palsgaard operates, and society in general. More than a century on, CSR is still a strategic part of our business.
Palsgaard’s activities extend to over 100 countries, but we always bring with us a commitment to sustainability. We conduct ourselves in a financially responsible manner to maintain a profitable business through innovation, process optimisation and risk minimisation. This ensures that we remain a reliable supplier for our customers and an attractive, safe and caring workplace for our employees.
CSR is central to Palsgaard's activities and is overseen by a dedicated CSR Steering Committee comprising top management. Our 2015 CSR report details our strategic work within four specific CSR focus areas:
In 2015, our energy and environment projects focused on reducing our carbon footprint. The company’s Danish plant, which produces the majority of our products, proudly became CO2- neutral during the year. In 2015 we managed to source only RSPO (Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil) certified palm oil for our Danish production and our Danish plant also achieved RSPO SG certification.
Palsgaard has set an overall target of becoming CO2-neutral by 2020. This is an extremely ambitious target for a company with energy-intensive production processes. But the commitment we have made to this target, along with our track record, generates a flow of innovative approaches to uncover new areas and techniques to make CO2-neutrality possible.
2015 saw us reduce our water consumption by almost 13%, which partly was the result of the conversion to vacuum pumps to use recycled water instead of fresh water. We reduced waste to 0.09 kg per kg of finished product from 0.1 kg in 2014. Working towards our ambitious target of becoming CO2-neutral across all plants by 2020, we managed to further slash emissions to 0.12 kg per kg finished product from 0.17 kg in 2014 – worldwide
On the product side, further highlights in 2015 included manufacturing products with sustainable palm oil under the RSPO mass balance (MB) standard, and we achieved a much wider range of segregated (SG) products in our product portfolio as more SG certified raw materials were introduced to the market. In Malaysia, our newest production plant obtained RSPO certification in 2015.
It’s a fact that food waste has a serious negative impact on society. Several of our products adds value to reducing food waste. One angle of this issue is the melting of ice cream during transport to the consumer and the frequent in-and-outs of the freezer which can easily end up in food waste. In 2015 we launched a campaign focusing on the benefits of Heat Shock tolerance in ice cream, including the food wastage aspects.
In the workplace, a particular focal point for Palsgaard, we regrettably experienced a rise in work related accidents. This has caused renewed focus on implementing improved safety awareness among employees and the OSH organization will work even harder to improve working routines and further develop our safety culture. The workplace for office staff was improved in 2015 by implementing a number of short courses on exercise and work-station positioning.
In 2015, we conducted an employee satisfaction survey at all global locations and since we started measuring employee satisfaction in 2006, we have continuously implemented initiatives based on the findings from the surveys.
Going forward, we have set aggressive targets for:
We remain committed to the UN Global Compact and its ten principles promoting ethical business conduct. Palsgaard’s CSR work is also framed by commitments to organisations such as Denmark's VFSA (Business Network for Social Responsibility), the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), and the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex).