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 diversity

Marel’s Diversity policy is intended to be used for guidance to ensure equality and diversity within the company and increasing job satisfaction as well as well-being in the workplace. The policy supports Marel in becoming a desirable and responsible workplace that attracts the most qualified employees.

It must be ensured that employees are not discriminated against on the grounds of their gender, beliefs, nationality, race, sexual orientation, religion, colour, personal finances, family, age or on any other grounds. Data and statistics on equality and diversity at Marel will be systematically collected to ensure the successful implementation of the policy and convey the results in a clear, efficient and organised manner. The policy also stipulates that bullying and sexual harassment will not be tolerated in the workplace.

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Safety, health and environment comes first

Marel is dedicated to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all its employees as well as the contractors working within Marel’s facilities. The company sees it as its obligation to care about the safety, health and environment of its people and the places it operates in.

While every Marel employee is accountable for his or her own safety, local management of all Marel entities is responsible for making sure that all processes comply with Marel’s safety, health and environmental policy.

A corporate safety, health and environment support team (SHE) monitors the compliance processes with a specific SHE policy designed to identify possibilities for process improvements.

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