Supporting the UN SDGs

    Palsgaard’s sustainability approach is driven by our vision, mission and values along with relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda outlines 17 SDGs to guide companies in advancing broader societal goals, emphasising collaboration and innovation.

    In 2017, Palsgaard joined a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) initiative, SDG Accelerator. The two-year programme aims to boost the engagement of 30 companies in the business opportunities presented by the SDGs.

    Palsgaard has conducted a thorough analysis of each SDG’s targets to identify those where we can make an authentic and worthwhile difference. Those where we believe we can have the have the greatest impact are:

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    End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

    Our emulsifiers support more efficient, more affordable and less wasteful production processes.

         
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    Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

    We believe emulsifiers have a positive role to play in fighting lifestyle diseases by improving the nutritional profile of food while avoiding undesirable ingredients.

    A robust food quality and safety system means we provide safe food ingredients, ultimately protecting the health of consumers.

    The health and well-being of our employees is also very important to us. In 2017, employee satisfaction and motivation improved from previous years.

         
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    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

    Our Responsible Sourcing Programme requires that suppliers provide good working conditions for their workers. We have production sites all over the world, promoting local and inclusive work opportunities. Our raw materials are sourced from suppliers that align with principles supporting human rights and fair trade. We emphasise fair working conditions for plantation staff, and the well-being of individuals and communities affected by growers and mills. For example, the palm oil sourced for our Danish production site is RSPO SG-certified.

         
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    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

    We responsibly handle, optimise and transparently report on carbon emissions, energy consumption, waste water emissions and raw material consumption.

    We support sustainable production and protect natural resources by being at the forefront of sustainable palm oil and palm oil-based ingredients sourcing – and in encouraging others to learn from our know-how.

    We help to prolong the shelf-life and quality perceptions of consumer products, reducing food waste.

         
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    Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

    Over the past 10 years, we have reduced our carbon emissions year after year. Today, most of our production is carbon neutral and we are on track to achieve carbon neutrality for all our production entities in 2020.

         
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    Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

    We do not tolerate bribery and corruption, providing anti-corruption guidelines to suppliers and selected employees. We remain transparent in our operations and reporting through memberships of the UNGC, GRI, Sedex and other institutions.

     

    The 2017 CSR report further details our commitments.

    Palsgaard and CSR

    Check out our video explaining how we work with CSR around the world

    Find out more in our 2017 CSR report