Key Interview: “Sustainability is Here to Stay” – Palsgaard Talks Corporate Social Responsibility

Key Interview: “Sustainability is Here to Stay” – Palsgaard Talks Corporate Social Responsibility

Palsgaard, the Danish-based sustainable emulsifiers manufacturer, has released its 2016 CSR report, displaying another year of continued advance towar

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Palsgaard, the Danish-based sustainable emulsifiers manufacturer, has released its 2016 CSR report, displaying another year of continued advance towards the company’s 2020 sustainability targets.

The Palsgaard became the first in its industry to offer a full range of RSPO SG-certified emulsifiers. With 100 percent neutrality accomplished at the Palsgaard Mexican subsidiary a huge step was taken towards the object of worldwide CO2-neutral production by 2020.

The report was made by the thorough principles in the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, and it contains the company’s UN Global Compact Communication on Progress (COP).
Compared with 2015 CO2 emissions remained same but total energy consumption fell 5 percent per kilogram of finished product.

Palsgaard now offers all of its palm oil-based products as RSPO SG-certified.
“Palsgaard is a foundation owned company; we have the possibility to make long term investments, which gives us advantages,” said Lisa Drejer Mortensen, Senior CSR Specialist at Palsgaard.

“Our responsibility to UN Global Compact, RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), Sedex and further external commitments have encouraged us to follow and develop our sustainability program as well as affected our positive results.””

Palm oil is a key component in Palsgaard’s emulsifiers which production requires “massive energy consumption.”

“The two areas are where we have the most impact, and this is the reason for our two primary targets: CO2 neutrality by 2020 globally and to use RSPO SG certified palm oil in our products,” she added.

Palsgaard’s founder, Einar Viggo said:“In Denmark, we started the journey ten years ago by introducing a straw fired burner and using hay from our fields for heating. Slowly we reached CO2 neutrality five years before, in 2015, by conducting a large number of energy reduction projects, changing to renewable energies and finally compensate remaining emissions by buying CO2 offsets.”

A key achievement this year was 100 percent CO2-neutrality at Palsgaard Mexico. Dutch and Malaysian production plants are next in line.

During 2016, Palsgaard expanded the proportion of spending sourced from suppliers estimated under the company’s Responsible Sourcing Program from 80 % to 85 %, as part of its strategic CSR targets.

“Palsgaard intends to be CO2 neutral in 2020 and proceed to implement energy reduction enterprises in its operations as well as ensuring reliable sourcing; the company will enhance the use of SG verified palm oil and continue to raise ethical requirements to our suppliers,” Drejer Mortensen adds.

“In line with company growth, we will initiate necessary CSR related actions to stay on top of sustainability and continue to be a responsible and reliable business associate. We have already looked deeply into the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and state our support to the Goals in our 2016 CSR report.”

“The company has its values strongly rooted in responsible behaviour and as mentioned in our tagline – we are Heart Working People. Besides, sustainability is here to stay and has become an blended part of global business operations and by that also a competitive parameter.”

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