GOAL 2

PROTECTING NATURE

The global food system that keeps billions of people fed also has a less-good impact on the environment. Ingredients need to be grown, processed and transported, and finished products are further distributed, prepared, consumed, and sometimes disposed of. These processes create greenhouse gases and affect the planet. To contribute to a sustainable future, we aim for net zero carbon emissions, choose sustainable resources, limit our water usage, and work towards zero waste.   

AURÉLIE COMHAIRE

Group Sustainability Manager

The current food system challenges the limits of our planet through deforestation, degradation of soil, biodiversity loss and freshwater use. At Vandemoortele, we want to do business in a way that allows us to sustain our activities for years to come.”

“To lower our impact on climate and the environment, we incorporate sustainable practices in all aspects of our business operations. For example, we aim to move to net-zero, choose sustainable resources, improve water availability, and work toward zero waste. In this way, we contribute to tackling the big ecological challenges of today and tomorrow. 

TAKING CLIMATE ACTION

Climate change is one of the major challenges of our time. As a large food company, we are aware of our impact. CO2 emissions occur along our entire value chain: from our use of gas and electricity to the sourcing of commodities, transport, packaging, and distribution.

To reduce our impact, we invest in energy-efficient buildings and processes, and we use energy from renewable sources. We monitor the carbon emissions along our value chain and encourage partners and suppliers to improve their performance too.

ENSURING SUSTAINABLE RESOURCES

Our high-quality ingredients are the cornerstones of our tasty products. But taste and quality should go hand in hand with sustainability. That is why we source our commodities as sustainably as possible, with respect for the planet, the environment, local farmers, and animal welfare.   

The global food system contributes to deforestation and biodiversity loss. To counter these risks, we assess our impact on biodiversity and take measures to minimise it. We invest in product traceability and monitor where our raw materials come from. In terms of packaging materials, we reduce the amount of packaging and give preference to recyclable, reusable or recycled materials.

PRESERVING WATER AVAILABILITY

Water is the source of life and a vital element in our products and manufacturing processes. Many of our products contain water: in fact, the water we use as an ingredient represents 60% of our direct water consumption. We also have an indirect impact on water, for example by buying crops from irrigated agriculture.

However, global water resources are threatened by climate change and the demands of communities, agriculture, and industry. Since water is increasingly scarce, we reduce the risk for our activities by exploring water-saving methods. We constantly monitor the freshwater usage in our operations in order to react quickly when our consumption increases.

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WORKING TOWARDS ZERO WASTE

The growing amount of waste in modern society has a negative impact on the environment. Plastic waste threatens our ecosystems and poses risks to human health. Food waste leads to a higher demand for ingredients, raw materials, transport and packaging.

Because of our production activities, we see it as our responsibility to reduce all kinds of waste – both during and after production – to a minimum. By optimising our production processes, we reduce changeover losses and losses due to quality issues or incorrect formulas. We also improve our sales forecasting methods to prevent commercial obsoletes. We ensure proper waste management to reduce the environmental impact of waste.

Fabian Peters

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