20/12/19

Marel agrees to collaborate with the Icelandic Red Cross and International School of Iceland

Strengthening local communities for the mutual benefit of people, the environment, Marel and its partners
On 18 December 2019, Marel signed two new agreements to support the Icelandic Red Cross and the International School of Iceland, respectively. Marel takes a holistic perspective to its contribution to society and seeks to support projects that benefit people, the planet, our partners and our operations with a focus on three of the UN Sustainable Development Goals most related to our industry.

Collaboration for improved access to clean water and sanitation

Marel and the Icelandic Red Cross have signed an agreement to cooperate on the One WASH programs in Africa over the coming five years. One WASH is a multi-year integrated approach to combine efforts on improved health, water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition in high-risk areas for cholera.

The scope of the agreement covers Malawi, home to 18.6 million people. It establishes a framework for improving preparedness, early detection, and response to contain cholera outbreaks and deliver long-term integrated water, sanitation, hygiene and health projects to prevent cholera and reduce morbidity and mortality.

Marel wants to support research and causes that directly influence the responsible use and treatment of water, nutrients and food. The One WASH program led by the Red Cross benefits local society while also supporting Marel and the food processing industry in which clean water is an essential ingredient.

Marel supports the International School of Iceland

With the objective of creating a dynamic educational option in Iceland, Marel has signed a letter of intent to partner with the International School of Iceland (ISI) and support their work.

Diverse educational options across all levels from primary to university education is a prerequisite for a dynamic and diverse workforce. Marel recognizes the value of diversity in the workplace and we seek to promote it as we believe it makes Marel a more desirable and responsible workplace that will, in turn, attract and keep the most qualified employees.

By supporting an accredited educational institution offering a unique international schooling option in Iceland, Marel takes a step towards fostering a vibrant, diverse professional community in Iceland.

Marel agrees to collaborate with the Icelandic Red Cross and International School of Iceland

Marel aligns charity with UN sustainable development goals

Marel is committed to helping the food processing industry responsibly manage limited resources such as water, energy and valuable animal protein – thereby setting the foundations for sustainable growth and development. To sharpen our efforts, including our charitable activities, we focus on projects that contribute to three of the UN’s sustainable development goals most related to Marel's business:

  • Goal 2: Zero hunger. End hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation.
  • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

The recently signed agreements with the Icelandic Red Cross and International School of Iceland, respectively, allow Marel to make a contribution to achieving these three goals. Moreover, the projects are also fully in line with our previous efforts and existing policies.

A holistic approach to sustainable development

Marel looks at its contribution to society as a whole and how it can add value to where it operates. We have consistently sought to collaborate with partners in regions where we operate to support local communities. The recently signed agreements are in continuation of similar projects including Tour de Marel which saw Marel employees raise funds to support SOS Children’s Villages on the Ivory Coast. At the initiative of our employees, we helped build a school in Yamoussoukro and later a library in the same village.

Marel agrees to collaborate with the Icelandic Red Cross and International School of Iceland

Transforming food processing in the African continent

Marel operates in partnership with customers across the African continent. We have helped raise levels of automation, efficiency and quality by working closely with local food processors who are investing step by step in innovating solutions to modernize their facilities and supply consumers with quality food produced sustainably and affordably.

About the Icelandic Red Cross

The Icelandic Red Cross (IRC), founded 10 December 1924, is a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network. The IRC is guided by its role as auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field and the seven fundamental principles of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. The IRC delivers its mandate in service of the most vulnerable, both domestically and internationally.

About the International School of Iceland

The International School of Iceland offers an international education in English to children who are in the Greater Reykjavik area for a specific period and an international bilingual education (Icelandic-English) for children who live in Iceland. The school’s vision is to create a dynamic community of confident, creative and respectful learners.