Sustainability / Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Corporate social responsibility and healthy business returns go hand in hand within Sligro Food Group. We firmly believe corporate social responsibility forms part of professional and sustainable entrepreneurship. This stems from our listed family business’ roots. It’s a simple fact that, as a family business, you want to treat your people and environment properly and decently, both now and with due consideration for the future. 

The implementation is looked after by a multidisciplinary CSR working group. A CSR policy has been drawn up, which includes clear details of what we stand for and how we want to take the next steps where sustainability is concerned.

Our CSR policy is based on three core themes which are of particular relevance to us, including our most important opportunities and challenges and for which our responsibility in the chain is greatest and self-evident: people, the environment and the range. Our 2030 goals have been set per core theme.

We have formulated both qualitative and quantitative ambitions per 'People', 'The Environment' and 'The Range’ core theme.

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These are based on the (United Nations’) SDGs, or rather the Sustainable Development Goals (van de Verenigde Naties) These are the sustainable development goals the world has set itself for 2030. The 17 main goals together form the most important international sustainability framework for the forthcoming years.

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A selection of our plans for 2022

  • People: Rolling out the 'stakeholder watch' among employees, customers and suppliers; allowing employees to get involved with voluntary work; offering Fairtrade coffee in our coffee corners; ...
  • The Environment: Installing charging stations for electric vehicles; rolling out a bicycle lease plan; organising a litter picking day; ...
  • The Range: Launching the Fair & Delicious Concept (sustainable range); actively participating with Green Deal: the ‘protein shift’; ...

What we achieved in 2021

  • People: Drawn up a formal sustainability policy; worked on a complete stakeholder analysis and prepared a 'Stakeholder Watch' ready to be launched; included our personnel in our sustainability story via articles in our staff magazine and monthly Intranet posts; conducted a psychosocial survey and VDU work questionnaire; ...
  • The Environment: Set up a mobility team (study in relation to electric company vehicles and a bicycle lease plan); ...
  • The Range: Preparation of the Fair & Delicious Concept (sustainable range); ...

What have we achieved in recent years?

People

  • Our employees: Free fruit; performance appraisals and training plan; well-being questionnaire; Fairtrade day; happy Fridays; happiness at work week; ...
  • Our customers: NPS survey; market research; enquiring via magazines; enquiring via exhibitions; ...
  • Our supplier: Supplier manual and video; exhibitions; ...
  • Our society: Weekly donations to food banks; For A Better Life non-profit organisation; collaboration with Entiris (custom company); collection of caps for guide dogs for the blind; ...

 

The environment

  • Energy:
    • Consumption: green electricity; energy scan; LED lights, light sensors; insulation; ... 
    • Transport: more efficient transport planning; making delivery windows for customers as wide as possible & minimum drop value (limiting delivery days); alternative fuels (CNG – Electric); eco driving course for drivers; bicycle courier (Ghent-Antwerp); ...
    • Mobility: mobility day; “Teams” meetings; bicycle allowance; charging points for e-bikes; ...
  • Packaging:
    • Use of raw materials: digital whenever possible (e.g. invoices); ...
    • Printers: recycled A4 paper, standard black-white and double-sided; reusable drinking bottle for all personnel; reduction in packaging in collaboration with suppliers; ...
  • Waste: Sorting and recycling waste; no bottled water; ...

 

The range

  • Sustainable range: offering quality marks; local products; attention devoted to seasonal products; tips for chefs in our magazine; …
  • Health: tips for chefs in our magazine; monthly healthy tip for employees on the Intranet; ...
  • Food waste: more efficient stock management; donations to food banks; a collaboration with the FoodWin non-profit organisation for our customers; …

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VOKA Sustainable Business Charter

We took part in the VOKA Sustainable Business Charter for the first time in 2021 with Sligro Food Group Belgium, in order to further reinforce our own CSR commitment (more info: Voka Sustainable Business Charter | Voka). We have completed our 2021 action plan for the Voka Sustainable Business Charter and can now proudly call ourselves a VSBC laureate for the first time.

We’ll be able to obtain the United Nations’ Unitar certificate if we pass 3 x = 10 positively concluded approved campaigns (spread across the 17 SDGs) every year.

 

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