Sustainable development goals

Development goals

Work befitting human dignity

Point 8 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, ‘Decent work and economic growth’, is an increasingly important issue for the spice industry. We aim to have a positive influence on human rights in our supply chain.

We pay special attention to human rights and working conditions in the production of our raw materials, which largely come from countries and regions close to the equator. Accordingly, by the beginning of 2023 we want to sign up 100% of our strategically relevant business partners to participate in a special supplier assessment under the heading of sustainability, and will be carrying out the necessary supplier audits.

Climate protection measures

One of our biggest sustainability goals is in the environmental area. We hope to reduce our CO2 emissions to a minimum by the end of 2024 and offset the emissions that are unavoidable with various climate protection projects. Thus by the end of 2024 we hope to be climate-neutral at company level at our Belm site. In 2019 we recorded the status quo of our CO2 emissions for the first time, taking 2019 as a reference year. A carbon balance sheet was drawn up in accordance with the GHG Protocol. All emissions from Scope 1 to Scope 3 were included, which means that activities that do not directly belong to the company were also recorded. Following the preparation of this carbon balance sheet, we have been working on a continuous reduction of CO2 emissions. A comprehensive energy management system was introduced in 2015. The goal is both resource conservation and climate protection.

So far, the photovoltaic system on our company roof produces 180,000 kilowatt hours annually on an area of 160 square metres. It is not enough to cover power needs completely, so by the end of 2022 only certified electricity from renewable energy sources will be purchased. As a result, there will be no further CO2 emissions from the use of energy after the end of 2022. As a final step, we will offset the unavoidable emissions with certified climate protection projects. In this way, we aim to be climatically neutral at the corporate level by the end of 2024.

Data protection

As a result of digitalisation, data protection is an ongoing issue. In order to provide our stakeholders and ourselves with the greatest possible security in this area, we have set ourselves the target of expanding our data protection by the end of 2022 and reinforcing our internal data protection system with an additional external data protection officer so as to ensure maximum security.