The past few months have made it abundantly clear to all of us: the global challenges facing us can only be overcome if we all work together and if each and every one of us makes a contributionto society rather than focusing on our own well-being.
We accept our responsibility for society and the environment. This is why we are committed tosustainability: as a fair employer for our employees and as a responsible economic actor aiming for healthy corporate development. With regard to the environment, we focus on using our resources efficiently, reducing our waste and deploying state-of-the-art technologies to protect the climate. We also have a special responsibility in the sense that our actions, our decisions and our corporate values have a direct or indirect impact on many parties involved in the value chain, such as suppliers, trading partners, customers, producers and farmers.
As one of our three corporate missions, sustainability – in addition to quality and taste – plays a key role in our corporate conduct, through which we want to differentiate ourselves from ourcompetitors and serve as an example for our sector. Our sustainability strategy defines the basic values that apply to the whole Bell Food Group. It is based on three pillars: «products and procurement», «environment and resources» and «employees and society».
We are aware of the current relevance and strong focus of politicians and the media on certain sustainability topics along our value chain. Many consumers have become very aware of issues relating to responsible consumption and a sustainable lifestyle. Animal welfare, the use of antibiotics, food safety and hygiene, a company’s carbon footprint, climate protection – as one of the largest meat and convenience producers in Europe, we believe it is not only essential but also a matter of principle for us to engage with these topics. We invest in know-how and resources that will allow us to continuously improve, such as the effective sustainability management system that we are currently implementing for all corporate units. We will also implement the e3m energy management system across the Group by 2024.
We accept our responsibility
Transparency in the area of sustainability is a central and important element in ensuring that we as a company remain credible and accountable. We are proud to have laid the foundation for detailed and transparent reporting in compliance with the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) with this first Sustainability Report 2019.
Lorenz Wyss, Chairman of the Group Executive Board