At Paulig Group, sustainability is part of our daily work, and practical measures are the responsibility of the management. The Group Management Team monitors the implementation of the sustainability programme and processes the proposals of the corporate responsibility management group. Reporting and key principles are dealt with by the Group Management Team and the Board of Directors.
Ultimate responsibility for our sustainability work belongs to the Group Management Team. The CEO and the Board of Directors review and approve the policies and main sustainability initiatives. Planning and implementation is directed by the Sustainability Management Team consisting of representatives from various functions within the Group. The team that is led by the Sustainability Director identifies priority areas and implements common objectives in the Group’s operations.
Our sustainability work is based on Paulig Group’s common values and mission and guided by management systems, ethical principles and Paulig Group's Code of Conduct for Suppliers. Sustainability issues are reviewed regularly in all parts of the organization.
In the divisions, the corporate responsibility managers are in charge of the implementation, follow-up and development of sustainability matters. The divisional sustainability programmes are based on the Group-level programme. Due to the different production methods and locations in each division, the targets for sustainability programmes are adjusted in the divisions. This enables the current performance status of different production units and the specific expectations of stakeholders to be considered locally. The current ambition is to unify the division-level work to fully support the common Group-level sustainability targets.
Building an ethical business culture
Paulig Group has strong brands, and consumers and customers trust the company. To maintain these valuable assets, we are committed to a highly ethical way of operating. Our ethical principles set the standard for all employees, and all suppliers must commit to the Paulig Group Code of Conduct for Suppliers. The ethical principles are supported by following Group-level policies and management systems:
- Paulig Code of Conduct for Suppliers
- Paulig Group Corporate Governance
- Environmental management systems (divisional)
- Food safety management systems (divisional)
- Health & safety management systems (divisional)
- Paulig Group Enterprise Risk Management Policy
- Paulig Group Modern Slavery Statement 2016
Training and communication
To ensure the implementation of our ethical principles and related policies, we updated our online ethical principle training last year. The training package and subsequent questionnaire are mandatory all employees. The goal is to ensure awareness and to bring sustainability into practice processes and daily work.
In addition to ethical principles training, there are sustainability training sessions for personnel organized in divisions. The goal of these is to increase the awareness of corporate responsibility in Paulig Group, to acquaint personnel with the Group’s shared values and ethical principles, and to bring sustainability even closer to each employee’s daily work and ways of working. In addition, people working within sourcing, quality management and sustainability functions are trained to ensure consistent evaluation of the social and environmental work of Paulig Group’s suppliers.
Managing risks and opportunities
Risks and opportunities are monitored and updated annually. The analysis is done both on the divisional level as well as on the Group-level and policy updates are proposed and approved by the Board of Directors.
Key risks and opportunities are identified and managed as part of business operations. Risk management covers strategic, operational and hazard risks where sustainability is described in general terms and classified as strategic.