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Social responsibility

We treat people right

We care for our employees, our customers, and the communities we work in.

Our food processing solutions can both improve general well-being in the community and encourage economic progress. It all comes back to Marel's vision of a world where quality food is produced sustainably and affordably

We collect data to continuously monitor and improve our social responsibility strategy. Results from regular employee engagement and employee engagement surveys, for example, help management understand what’s working and where we need to do better.

We actively find ways to support the communities in which we operate, such as through education and collaboration. 

Treating people right is at the heart of how we do business.


We make our workplace safe

We are on a journey towards zero harm and Marel is committed to a culture of safety that applies to all aspects of our global operations, including the work performed on-site for our customers. Our goal is to create a safe environment for our employees, contractors and visitors with the best possible health protection, promotion of well-being and prevention of absenteeism as a result of work activities.

Read our HSE policy here
Marel innovations transform the global food processing supply chain

Employee engagement is key

Our people drive the success of Marel. We provide a supportive and ambitious work environment that motivates our employees to make Marel’s vision their own.

A high level of employee engagement is key to the overall health of the organization. We encourage further education and career development and also offer employees a variety of in-house training courses.

We respect that our people have responsibilities and a life outside Marel to nurture themselves and recharge. We offer flexible working, options for part-time work, maternity and paternity leave and other options to help employees find the right balance.

Marel Employees Manufacturing Hall

Code of conduct

Marel‘s Code of Conduct provides guidance on how to work and act in line with our purpose, our values and the highest standards of integrity. The Code supports us in complying with the law and Marel's policies and ethical principles.

Marel’s vision is founded on the strong belief that we can create economic value and have a positive social impact at the same time: in partnership with our customers, we are transforming the way food
is processed. Our vision is of a world where quality food is produced sustainably and affordably. The purpose of this Code is to support that vision. It expresses who we are and what we expect from each other and our partners. It is an ethical and practical map to guide us.

Download Code of conduct (PDF)

The Code of conduct is also available in other languages:

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Inclusion fosters diversity

Marel’s Global Diversity and Inclusion policy underscores our commitment to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture, where all people feel valued and engaged, and are treated with respect, dignity and fairness.

Our global diversity policy applies to all Marel employees and governance bodies and rests on four pillars:

  1. Equal opportunity
  2. Culture and Inclusion
  3. Anti-bullying, discrimination and harassment
  4. Accountability

Social Participation Guidelines

We also participate in carefully chosen charitable activities and social participation programs that contribute to better standards of living. Our Social Participation Guidelines help us to align our strategy with our social responsibility

Read our social participation guidelines
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Workers’ rights are human rights

We have a zero-tolerance policy for human rights violations, including child labor and illegal labor conditions.

All new suppliers are required to comply with Marel’s standards for human rights and labor, as described in our Code of Conduct.

We are committed to respecting the right of all employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining without discrimination, as established in the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize Convention (C. 87), and the Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining Convention (C. 98). 

Marel Employee Meeting

Ways to report concerns

Marel complies with the European Whistleblowing directive, and related local legislation. We do not tolerate and we prohibit any retaliation against a Whistleblower who has made a report in good faith. Reports can be made to any Marel manager, and the identity of the reporter will be protected unless consent is given is to disclose and/or there is a legal requirement to share the identity. Reports can also be made by emailing a report to Marel compliance officer, by visiting Whistleblowing, or by calling one of these phone numbers:

  • Germany: +4971129990119
  • Netherlands: +3197010254689
  • USA: +14352205939
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We engage with local communities

We invest in the welfare of the communities in which we operate. We focus on educational outreach in collaboration with local learning institutions, and we offer our employees opportunities for continuing education.

Many of our production facilities offer internships and trainee programs to assist talented young professionals in developing their skills.

Sharing our know-how

Knowledge is our most valuable asset when it comes to transforming food processing. Sharing our knowledge can help raise the standard of living and enhance social and economic stability. This is one of the ways we contribute to sustainable development around the world.

Read about one such project with Vietnam