As a manufacturing company dependent on natural resources, responsible production and consumption is critical to our sustainability. As part of our sustainability strategy we will work to manage the use of our resources more efficiently so as to have the lightest possible impact on our planet. Addressing climate change is a global challenge in terms of scale, urgency and complexity. Our vision of “Earning the right to operate in our communities” mandates that we take action to reduce and mitigate our impact on the environment and our communities through measurable and achievable projects which also aim to strengthen our adaptation and resilience to the impact of climate change on our operations.
Our focus is on promoting cleaner business practices to manage our impact in terms of energy and water consumption and the production of waste. Investment in improved and/or alternative energy sources such as solar power and alternative fuels, and improved route management have reduced the energy required to produce and distribute our products while continuing to grow the business. These initiatives will be an ongoing continuous improvement effort. Other initiatives such as upgrading of technologies, plant consolidation, installation of occupancy sensors and LED alternatives have also significantly reduced our energy consumption. Several product packaging, water and waste reduction programmes have been implemented with key indicators being measured to monitor progress. We support the Reduce, Re-use and Recycle philosophy in our manufacturing facilities and in our offices.
To promote a sustainable sourcing policy in terms of ingredients and materials, we have defined policies and position statements supporting certified suppliers of sustainable essential ingredients which are considered to be environmentally sensitive. We have also introduced additional sourcing policies to address human rights, gender, diversity and inclusion into our business approach.
The Planet pillar of our sustainability strategy is aligned with the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):