Sustainability approach

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Our sustainability approach

Our understanding of sustainability

Our understanding of sustainability

Our understanding of sustainability

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Our Sustainability Strategy

Our Sustainability Strategy

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Our sustainability management

Our sustainability management

Our sustainability management

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Our Understanding of sustainability

As a broad-based beverages group with a company history going back over 250 years, we have firmly embedded long-term thinking into our corporate culture. We consider ourselves, both now and in the future, to be a responsible employer and an integral part of society. As a manufacturing corporate group, we bear responsibility for our products and their consumers and are therefore increasingly focused on ensuring that our value added chain is sustainable and our range of products are enjoyed responsibly and/or are especially natural and healthy. At a time when environmental protection has become a key global challenge, we believe that safeguarding the natural foundations of life for future generations is part and parcel of our responsibility as a company.

It is these convictions that underline our understanding of sustainability: achieving commercial success in the long term whilst taking responsibility for society and the environment.  In accordance with our three action fields People​​​​​​ – PlanetProducts , our sustainability activities are focused on three core areas.

Our sustainability strategy

As a responsibly acting group of companies, we strive for continuous improvement particularly in those areas in which our business activities have the greatest effects on ecological and social aspects. We have defined concrete goals and measures to embed the principles of sustainable thinking and business in all areas and processes of the group. These sustainability goals cover the action fields: People, Planet and Products.

Goals:Measures:
Zero accidents and improved health
 
  • Development and implementation of a new occupational health management concept
  • Introduction of an occupational health steering committee
  • Revision of the key figure system, implementation of a new monitoring system and definition of performance indicators
  • Development of an internal communication concept for the new occupational health management
  • Further implementation of the new company health program "Citrofit" at Citrocasa
  • Joining and Implementation of the "Vision Zero" occupational safety campaign
  • Update of the Code of Conduct
 
Hundred percent resource efficiency
 
  • Establishment of a digital monthly monitoring system for environmental indicators at the production sites
  • Definition of performance indicators and determination of target values in the Planet action field
  • Introduction of an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001
  • Derivation of efficiency potentials and development of an efficiency strategy to optimize resource consumption
  • Continuous digitalisation of fruit presses to improve resource efficiency
  • Optimisation of logistics processes at Citrocasa
 
One hundred sustainable products
 
  • Elaboration of a catalogue of criteria for sustainable products
  • Implementation of the roadmap to increase the proportion of sustainable products
  • Development of guidelines for environmentally friendly product packaging
  • Review and scoring of product packaging in relation to the new guidelines for environmentally friendly product packaging
  • Revision of certain product packaging
  • Development of a business partner screening
  • Update of the marketing and supplier code of conduct
 

 

Our Sustainability management

Our Berentzen Codes serve as a guide for integrating our understanding of sustainability into everyday business. They are based on applicable laws and other established standards and describe the corporate group expectations of its employees, suppliers, marketing and communication partners as well as third parties involved in the corporate group’s value added chain.

 

Our Code of Conduct provides all employees throughout the Group with guidelines setting out appropriate behaviour in the interests of responsible management, whilst ensuring the careful use of resources. In the light of our social responsibility, the Marketing Code of Conduct contains specific guidelines for product-related communications and for the responsible consumption of our products. The Supplier Code of Conduct serves to forge a common understanding of appropriate living and working conditions for employees and forms the basis for sustainable business relationships.

 

Furthermore, we comply with the framework of rules laid down in the German Corporate Governance Code and its guiding principles. Consequently, we attach importance to ensuring close collaboration between the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board and taking into account the interests of our shareholders, employees and other groups affiliated with the Company (stakeholders). We value open communication, responsible risk management and due and proper accounting and auditing. The most important sustainability management tasks include anchoring our understanding of sustainability and sustainability strategy in the minds of employees and external stakeholders as well as in our everyday operating processes.
 
As the central function, the Corporate Social Responsibility portfolio coordinates and drives forward the sustainability activities throughout the Group. At the same time, as a staff unit, it reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer and acts as a driving force. Relevant sustainability topics within and outside of the corporate group are discussed with the Executive Board and the respective portfolios and priorities set. The ultimate responsibility for strategic decision-making relating to sustainability and the monitoring of the objectives within the Group lies with the Executive Board. Implementation at an operating level is the responsibility of executives within the portfolios of the Berentzen Group and their affiliated subsidiaries.