Corporate Social Responsibility at Marel

Marel has been changing the way food is processed for over decades. But Marel doesn’t only want to innovate the way food is processed; it is equally important to process it the right way. Since the beginning of its operations, one of the company’s main objectives has been to help the food industry create value while also responsibly managing limited resources such as water, energy and the product itself, thereby generating sustainable long term growth in the industry.

Although the importance of corporate social responsibility has been a part of the company’s DNA from day one, there has been a lack of formal structure regarding the definition of what the concept entails and how this responsibility should be practiced. At the end of 2015, Marel devised an action plan that will be implemented over the next three years. This action plan will tackle the most important Corporate Social Responsibility issues within the company and revolves around newly adopted Corporate Social Responsibility guidelines which have pinpointed the following priorities:

 

People

Marel provides a safe and healthy working environment and equal opportunities. It fosters individual and team development and ensures the right to freedom of association for all its employees. Human rights violations and illegal labor conditions are not tolerated. Marel engages with local communities, where innovation and education serve as the main areas of social participation.

 

Planet

Marel encourages efficient use of resources in its value chain and promotes positive environmental impact and environmental protection. Innovation is at the core of Marel’s strategy, where the focus is on continuously creating new methods for improving yields and minimizing waste in food production, reducing the use of scarce resources such as energy and water, and promoting food safety and animal welfare.

 

Profits

Marel promotes long term profitability, fair trade and good business practices in its value chain through transparency, innovation and collaboration with all its partners.

To put further emphasis on supporting sustainable development, Marel is becoming a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and will be committing to the ten principles of the Global Compact. These principles align with the UN’s sustainable development goals. By becoming a Global Compact signatory, Marel will commit itself to monitoring its impact in these fields.

 

Supporting children in Ivory Coast

For the past several years, Marel has partnered with international charity SOS Children’s Villages in Ivory Coast to support children in need.

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