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Viscofan BioEngineering
SUSTAINABILITY
OUR COMMITMENT TO THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
With the aim of advancing in the achievement of our sustainability objectives, within the Sustainability Action Plan of the Viscofan Group for the period 2019 and 2020, the main Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the Group: are "Zero hunger”,“ Clean water and sanitation ”,“ Decent work and economic growth ”,“ Responsible production and consumption”, and“ Action for climate”.
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ZERO HUNGER

Belong to the food market is a big responsibility: to offer millions of people around the world access to basic nutrition. As a world leader in customized casings, the Viscofan Group within its commitment to this SDG:

  • Applies the knowledge and more than 45 years of experience to design sustainable products that help avoid food waste.
  • Invests in R&D that will enable more efficient and sustainable sausage manufacturing processes, contributing in the long term to meeting the growing demand for food.
  • Collaborates with NGOs whose core business is based on hunger reduction.
  • Develops specific products to combat malnutrition.
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CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION

As we are working in an environment where there is a growing demand for industrial water, responsible water management is one of the cornerstones sustaining our environmental policy. Viscofan's production process requires the use of water, thus the group focuses on a sustainable water managment in its operations and facilities, with a strict policy of water consumption and reuse, improving the quality of wastewater discharges and investing in the best available technologies for water management.

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DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

People are a differential value for Viscofan future. About 5,000 employees of 18 different nationalities constitute an extraordinary human wealth. People management is key to achieving our goals and that is why we want to attract and develop the best team in the industry.

Within the commitment to this SDG, the Viscofan Group promotes:

  • Guarantee decent working conditions for all company employees, ensuring non-discrimination in hiring.
  • Guarantee opportunities for promotion and professional development for employees, especially young people.
  • Guarantee freedom of association and collective bargaining.
  • Create a stable work environment, supporting full-time and permanent contracts, in a climate of respect and non-discrimination.
  • Promote youth employment through recruitment and internship programs.
  • Have health and safety systems in all the facilities of the company.
  • Create public-private partnerships with universities to carry out projects that contribute to sustainable economic growth.
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RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION

Developing more sustainable activity requires incorporating environmental criteria throughout the value chain that minimises the impact of our business activity caused by the transformation of raw materials by mechanical and chemical means that leads to the generation of waste. Starting with the selection of raw materials, both the main ones (cellulose, collagen skins, abaca paper, polyamides and natural gas) and the auxiliary ones, and continuing with reduction of waste generation, optimising waste management and prioritising recovery or recycling above other systems such as destruction or disposal.

Within its commitment to this SDG Viscofan seeks:

  • Integrate criteria of circular economy in the organization through policies of prevention, reduction, reuse, recycling and valuation of waste.
  • Boosting energy efficiency throughout the value chain, developing packaging that minimizes waste generation - such as gas emissions and wastewater generation, among others - during manufacturing and subsequent processing.
  • Promoting the reduction of the impact of transport on the environment and boosting a sustainable local economy.
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ACTION FOR THE CLIMATE

The production process of casings is a continuous process throughout the year that requires substantial energy. In our fight against climate change, we are continuously investing in improvements to reduce energy consumption and to make the most of the different ways in which this energy is present in our processes. Viscofan's strategy for reducing overall CO2 emissions includes using heat, even in the effluents from our production processes, and replacing systems requiring elevated amounts of energy with more efficient systems.

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