Sustainability Report 2016
Every year Wessanen releases its integrated Annual Report
including the latest Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s approach
to creating environmental and social impact.
Wessanen want to help consumers finding alternatives to mainstream food and contribute to a more
sustainable way of living,” says Christophe Barnouin, CEO of Wessanen. “We
believe in what we do and are proud of actions we have taken during the
previous year. 2016 again showed that performance and sustainability can go
hand in hand.”
emissions and climate change
change is an issue which cannot be ignored by any business. The agreement of
COP21 in Paris was an essential step to bring all actors face to their
responsibilities and to take their part in the battle.
addresses it through a mainly vegetarian and organic portfolio. Vegetarian
diets have lower CO2 emissions than
animal based ones and organic agriculture is proven to better trap carbon into
the soil than conventional. Furthermore, Wessanen moved electricity consumption
to a renewable source and constantly works on optimising goods transportation,
reducing waste in the food chain and compensating for its impacts.
compliance and labelling
regulatory compliance of products is prime focus of Wessanen. This includes
providing clear, transparent and responsible information on product labelling.
It is also key requirement for Wessanen’s suppliers, specified in a dedicated
Supplier Quality Booklet, and in raw material and packaging specifications.
developed nutritional policies. They address thresholds for salt content on
core categories, and foster less refined sugar and cereals. In 2016 86% of
Wessanen’s nutritional brands complied with the policies.
Wessanen benchmarked sweet products of nutritional brands and decided to bring
them below the market average for sugar. By 2020 all products will be compliant
with the new policy.
health and safety
is priority, as it is prerequisite for healthier food. It is covered in the
Wessanen Product Quality Charter and the Supplier Quality Booklet. Factories
are certified according to GFSI standard.
To avoid possible contamination of food with a
group of chemicals referred to as mineral oil hydrocarbons Wessanen set up a workgroup
for Mineral Oil Hydrocarbons and established a monitoring plan: First in France
and currently rolling out across all of Wessanen. The company actively works on
finding solutions to tackle the migration issue: both internally in collaboration
with packaging suppliers and externally through active membership of a food
industry taskforce on MOH.
part of Wessanen’s DNA – 74% of the product portfolio is currently certified as
organic. In 2016 Wessanen strengthened its partnering with organic players by
becoming member of IFOAM and IFOAM EU. As main sponsor of the IFOAM EU Wessanen
participated in the fourth annual Organic Processing Conference held in
in the supply chain
sourcing 56% of tea, coffee and cocoa via fair trade certified chains and is
further working on increasing this ratio.
needs to commit to Wessanen’s Supplier Code, which follows ILO-based
principles. If suppliers refuse to sign, a process of replacing the supplier
In the UK,
the Modern Slavery Act was enacted in 2016. Wessanen’s UK operating company has
implemented a dedicated policy. Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude,
human trafficking and forced labour. Wessanen has a zero-tolerance approach to
any form of modern slavery.
physical waste as a ratio of total volumes sold. The aim is to reduce this
ratio by 30% between 2016 and 2020. Implementing a robust sales and operational
planning (S&OP) system, which aims at better planning orders, will be a key
enabler of this ambition.
protects the contents from damage and spoilage, thus preventing losses along
the supply chain and reducing food waste. Looking at it this way, packaging actually
only represents a rather small part of the carbon or energy footprint of food.
Wessanen tries to use packaging (materials) with minimal impact, for example by
using recycled and/or recyclable materials, by using materials that do not rely
on fossil fuels and are renewable (and responsibly sourced) and of course by
using the least necessary amount of material.
Green Entrepreneurial culture and healthy
believes that the involvement of employees in community-related activities is a
great force and that encouraging physical activity is essential. People are
encouraged to become involved in different green and sporting events throughout
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