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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 2019-2021, 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, within our commitment to this SDG:

  • Ensure the production and distribution of an essential ingredient for millions of households around the world, in a backdrop of huge restrictions and difficult movement due to COVID.
  • Our portfolio includes products adapted to Islamic regulations (Halal) and Jewish regulations (Kosher), considering the specific cultural features of our customers.
  • We also manufacture products of vegetable origin for vegans and vegetarians.
  • We design sustainable products that help to avoid food waste.
  • Through our products, we provide more efficient and sustainable cold meats manufacturing processes, contributing in the long term to meeting the growing demand for food.
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CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
 

Viscofan's production process requires the use of water. Hence, the Group focuses on the sustainable management of water in its operations and at its factories, with a strict consumption and re-use policy, improving the quality of wastewater discharges and investing in the best available water management technologies.

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DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
 

People are a differential value for Viscofan future. About 5,000 employees in 19 cointries 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:

  • Ensure decent working conditions for all company employees, with non-discriminative hiring. In a context of economic crisis, our commitment to create employment continues, with net growth of 7.3%.
  • We back the promotion and professional development of our teams, especially among young people. We inform employees of the opportunities and processes that arise at the company so that they can opt for new goals and challenges.
  • We guartantee freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • We create a stable working environment, supporting full-time permanent contracts, in a climate of respect and non-discrimination. More than 90% of our workforce have permanent contracts.
  • We encourage youth employment through recruitment and internship programmes. Almost a third of our workforce is under 35, while internship programmes have risen by 30% in 2020.
  • We have occupational health and safety management systems at all the company's factories. We set the target of reducing the accident rate by 50% by 2030.
  • We maintain 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:

  • We promote energy efficiency throughout the value chain, developing packaging that minimises waste generation - such as gas emissions and wastewater generation, among others - during manufacturing and subsequent processing.
  • We have food safety and quality certifications.
  • Our production policy in proximity through a production presence of up to 22 factories, contributes to reducing the impact of transportation on the environment.
  • Viscofan invests in technologies that enable production with less production waste, and it also seeks to reduce the intensity of waste at landfills.
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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. 

Within this goal Viscofan invests in technology in the search for decarbonisation, such as the installation of energy equipment with the capacity to use green hydrogen at Cáseda

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