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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 management

Our sustainability management

Our sustainability management

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Our sustainability goals 2018 - 2020

Our sustainability goals 2018-2020

Our sustainability goals 2018 - 2020

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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 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.

Our sustainability goals 2018-2020

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 in the field of action: PeopleMeasures 2018 to 2020
Maintenance and enhancement of the motivation and satisfaction of our employees 
  • Continuation and enhancement of company health promotion
  • Implementation of structured performance reviews in all departments
 
Enhancement of the attractiveness of the Berentzen Group as an employer in the regions in which we have business locations 
  • Introduction of a social intranet as a platform for communication and discussion within the group 
  • Development and implementation of an employer branding strategy
  • Institution of a regular employee survey 
  • Certification as a family-friendly employer 
 
Continuing education of employees and young talents 
  • Promotion of training and continuing education in all areas and the systematic identification and evaluation of measures 
 
Strengthening of social and cultural engagement 
  • Increased engagement in the regions in which we have business locations by supporting further projects, initiatives or events
 

 

Goals in the field of action: PlanetMeasures 2018 to 2020
Compliance with environmental standards 
  • Prepare and begin to introduce the environmental management system
 
Reduction of emissions 
  • Further continuous increase in the share of energy from renewable sources 
  • Continued conversion to LED lightbulbs 
  • Adaptation of corporate goals in line with new indicators and presentation in our sustainability reports 
 
Reduced consumption of raw materials, energy and water, and reduced volume of waste and wastewater 
  • Increased engagement in the regions in which we have business locations by supporting further projects, initiatives or events 
 

 

Goals in the field of action: ProductsMeasures 2018 to 2020
Development and implementation of a pilot project on sustainable products 
  • Neutralisation of CO2 emissions from mainly alcohol-free products by offsetting
 
Assurance of compliance and availability of up-to-date guidelines and mission statements for all corporate divisions 
  • Confirmation of the Berentzen Supplier Code by all major suppliers
 
Fulfilment of quality and social standards 
  • Execution of a follow-up audit at the Linz location 
  • Joining of the supplier platform SEDEX and interconnectedness with customers and suppliers 
  • Preparation of a risk profile and development of a further-going audit concept for suppliers 
 

 

We are striving to develop a new sustainability strategy in 2020. As the starting basis for this, a new materiality analysis was conducted and the new action fields People – Planet – Products were defined already in 2019. These form the basis for the new sustainability strategy to be developed.