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Our sustainability programme

Our sustainability programme

If you take sustainability seriously, you have to pay attention to a lot of things. Same also applies to Rügenwalder Mühle. We have therefore launched a comprehensive programme, which consists of eight fields of activity where concrete projects and measures are implemented. We are only at the beginning and already know now that it will probably never be completed. To achieve "more sustainability" is a permanent challenge, where there will always be new tasks. But nothing is ignored; even if we sometimes move forward in small steps only.

What we have planned

1
Company

For us, sustainability is teamwork and a management issue at the same time. That is why it’s up to all of us - from apprentices to management. At all levels and in all processes, we want to take sustainability requirements into account. Our Sustainability Manager coordinates the programme, all threads come together in the sustainability workgroup - but it gets implemented in the individual departments and work areas. 

Examples:

  • The issue is driven by the Management who is regularly dealing with it.
  • The apprentices are made particularly fit in terms of sustainability through training.
  • In all decisions, we want to consider sustainability criteria.
  • This also applies to innovations: any new product development should be more sustainable than comparable existing products.

2
Purchase

We can only be as sustainable as our supply chain. Therefore, we understand suppliers as our partners for more sustainability. We want to know more about the ecological and social challenges of everything we purchase; for products with and without meat.

Examples:

  • We systematically identify the sustainability challenges of all purchased goods.
  • We assess them and look for solutions to environmental or social problems.
  • We define guidelines for the most important raw materials so that all of us know what they can use as an orientation.

3
Climate, environment, energy

We want to spend as few resources as possible, rely on renewable energies and avoid waste whenever we can.

Examples:

  • We already obtain 100% green electricity and will expand our energy concept and focus on renewable energy. This also includes energy that we can generate ourselves.
  • We want to consume less energy, even if increasing production.

4
Packaging

When it comes to packaging, our goads are quickly expressed, but challenging in implementaton: avoid, reduce, improve, and recycle.

Examples:

  • Paper and cardboard either come from recycled material or are FSC certified.
  • The packaging of our vegetarian products should weigh less.
  • We will use less plastic and more renewable raw materials.

5
Products

Our products should become more and more sustainable. We want to use as few critical ingredients as possible, and the nutritional values should enable a healthy diet.

Examples:

  • We will increase the share of gluten-free vegetarian products.
  • Particularly for our vegetarian products, our research and development is constantly working on reduction of salt content.
  • There shall be more and more vegan products 

6
Employer

We want to be a responsible and attractive top employer, with little fluctuation and low sickness rates but with a lot of opportunities for training and further education, and with a flexibility so to allow Rügenwalder Mühle employees to reconcile family and professional life. 

Examples:

  • We will continue to enhance the company's health management and have it certified.
  • We undergo external checks on how really good we are as employer, and whether family and work really match well.
  • With two per cent only, the fluctuation rate is already low and should so remain. 

7
Society

We take our social responsibility seriously and are engaged in concrete projects. And we want to remain open for suggestions and criticism from outside. Because that’s what prompts us and takes us forward.

Examples:

  • We continue our close co-operation, for example with the VEBU, the German Vegetarian Association and Utopia.
  • At least four times a year, we get together with NGOs and experts and are getting assessed critically.

8
Communication

We are communicating progress and challenges in an open and transparent way, and we are appreciating feedback. And we want to make sustainability visible and tangible, both internally and externally. 

Examples:

  • At least once a year there should be a campaign day on a sustainability issue for all employees. In 2016, the topic was "energy": with advisory services from green electricity via energy saving to e-bike leasing.
  • We regularly inform our employees about sustainability topics - on all channels.
  • We would like to receive suggestions from our customers about how we can become more sustainable. And if possible, we will then implement the ideas.
  • We want to use our website to provide comprehensive information about our sustainability programme. But this is just the beginning.

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