The latest CSR report from Faerch shows reduced carbon emissions, a focus on packaging development, and fewer accidents. The report also highlights a new trial with recycled plastic in the UK.
When Faerch decided in 2012 to compile all of the company’s CSR activities in one annual report, it was not for the sake of the report itself. Since its founding in 1969, Faerch as always taken an interest in the company’s social responsibility, so the idea of incorporating consideration of the climate, ethics, and employee well-being into the business was far from a new idea.
We see the CSR report as a tool for self-help. It’s a way of examining ourselves in relation to all of our goals. The report also underpins our obligations to the world around us. It helps us to systematise our targets and activities in a different way than what we did previously,” says Karina Kviesgård Hounisen, Senior Manager HR at Faerch.
Focus on cradle-to-cradle
The CSR report for 2014, published in the spring of 2015, shows progress in each of the five focus areas selected in 2012: recycled plastics, climate, food safety, ethics and integrity, and employees. Karina Kviesgård Hounisen highlights a part of the report on the cradle-to-cradle concept, which ensures a closed circuit in the manufacturing of food trays, as the tray can be recycled after use.
We want to be a leader in recycled plastic and we are proud to be making progress every year in terms of incorporating the cradle-to-cradle concept in manufacturing. We had a trial programme in the UK where we were the first in the world to develop a material that enables the sorting of black CPET material in general waste sorting. This enables us to clean and reuse the trays in our manufacturing – and contributes to ensuring that our partners in the UK trial programme, leading UK food retailers and producers, achieve a greener profile. Consideration of the environment and climate is an ever-growing demand from our customers,” explains Karina Kviesgård Hounisen.
The growth of CSR activities nationally and internationally reflects the fact that Faerch does not view the CSR initiatives as a project with an expiration date.
The goals within the five focus areas are constantly changing in line with the company’s development. At Faerch, CRS takes place and develops out in the company, rather than within a single, separate department. CSR is a shared responsibility and it helps to promote an awareness and understanding of social responsibility and sustainability among all employees,” says Karina Kviesgård Hounisen.
In 2014, FSR – the Association of Danish Auditors – awarded the prize for best CSR report in the category small and medium-sized companies to Faerch. The CSR award is given to companies that produce exceptional CSR reporting. The jury pointed to the report’s clear structure and the plastics company’s five specific and strategic focus areas in CSR.
The 2014 CSR report shows that Faerch:
- has reduced carbon emissions by 47% per 1,000 trays since 2010.
- uses five times as much recycled plastic in its manufacturing activities than in 2010.
- has reduced electricity consumption per ton of finished goods despite growth (from 1.74 Mwh in 2013 to 1.64 Mwh in 2014).
- continues to be 100% powered by electricity from renewable energy sources.
- continues to develop plastic packaging for ambient food products.
- is introducing a Code of Conduct for its suppliers of raw materials and major machinery, based on the ten principles of the UN Global Compact, which among others things address the issues of human rights and anti-corruption.
- has reduced the number of accidents on the job by nearly 8%, from 71.8 accidents per 1 million working hours to 66.1 in 2014.