Management Approach 2016 (Disclosure 103-1, 103-2, 103-3)
The impacts of our activities on the environment range from the sourcing and processing of raw materials to product development, production and logistics. On the one hand, we use natural resources in the form of raw materials and energy sources for our manufacturing processes. On the other hand, a contamination of air, soil and water may result from our business activities. Therefore, sustainable development goals are established within the framework of SDG 12 that respect the natural limits of the planet.
Within our environmental management system, we evaluate the entire value chain. At every site, a senior manager is responsible for environmental management. The goal is to avoid or reduce the impact of our activities, products and services on the environment through a site-specific environmental program that complies with national and local legal regulations and provisions.
Our goal is to conserve resources, consistently avoid or minimize harmful effects on the environment and prevent risks. Our production sites with the greatest potential environmental impacts are either located in countries with strict environmental policies or operate according to an environmental management system that is ISO 14001 certified. In addition, the SEDEX platform or the SMETA 4-pillar requirements are adopted as the minimum standard and its compliance is regularly reviewed by external auditors. In order to obtain a deeper understanding of our energy consumption, an energy audit was conducted at all European sites in accordance with EN 16247. All German sites have an ISO 50001-certified energy management system.
The efficient use of raw materials is also the focus of the continuous refinement of our manufacturing processes. This includes, for example, the development of our own technical solutions, such as our patented SymTrap® process. With this process, we can completely extract active taste components from the byproducts of raw materials processing – and thereby achieve a maximum yield from raw materials while simultaneously conserving energy.
The increase in efficiency not only has a positive impact on the environment, but also reduces costs and shows our Symchronize® initiative in action. In collaboration with our customers, we have developed this integrated supply chain management system, which helps to identify fields of action and topics with the potential not only to reduce the consumption of energy, water and resources but also our emissions. Within the framework of our Total Productive Maintenance program, we involve our employees in a targeted manner and learn from their proposals.