Going for Sustainable Growth
Continental Foods is a company awash with history and heritage. But we are also looking to the future. This means working to make a positive social impact across all our business practices.
As a pan-European food company, we have a unique opportunity to help deliver on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals which aim to promote sustainable economic growth, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity and improved nutrition for all.
Our efforts to ensure sustainable growth encompass four key areas:
- Taking Care of Our Consumers: Keeping our consumers happy and healthy is a vital building block on our path to sustainable success. Improving the nutritional value of our products by reducing their salt or MSG content, for instance, is part of this journey.
- Reducing Our Environmental Impact: We’re determined to minimise the impact we have on the planet at every stage of our business process. In Belgium for instance we’ve installed more than 1000 solar panels on our roofs and in France we’ve introduced a “green steam” project that allows us to reduce our carbon foot print by 70%.
We are also committed to make a positive impact on the protection of natural resources by focusing on sustainable sourcing. We are working, amongst others, on a replacement plan for all our ingredients that pose a potential scarcity risk. We are committed to have this plan into action by 2022 at the latest. By 2022 we will also make our products palm oil free or, if this is for certain recipes not possible, switch to sustainable sources of palm oil, in order to contribute to the preservation and protection of our planet's rainforests and its habitats.
Sustainable sourcing also means protecting the well-being of animals. We are conscious that we are not a major player in the market of animal derived raw materials and our efforts in this field require the cooperation of our suppliers.
Our focus so far has been on the sourcing of the eggs and egg ingredients that we use throughout the product portfolio of Continental Foods, among others in the sauces of Devos Lemmens. Our efforts have paid off and we are proud to announce that 100% of the eggs and egg ingredients used in all our countries for all our brands are cage-free.
We are increasing our efforts in this field and are now also committed to exclusively sourcing chicken that meet the standards of the European Chicken Commitment across our entire Europen supply chain by 2026.
"At Continental Foods, we take our social responisbility seriously. Animal welfare is important to our consumers and to us and we believe that it is a key component of a sustainable supply chain. This is why we have banned all eggs from caged chicken from our products already some years ago. With this new commitment, we take the next step in order to help improve the welfare of farmed chicken too." Thomas Bittinger, CEO of Continentalfoods
- Giving Back to Our Communities: As a company with local roots across Europe, we pride ourselves on being a responsible neighbour and an engaged member of the communities where we live and work. This ranges from supporting local food banks in France and Germany, to celebrating healthy eating through school cooking competitions in Finland and sponsoring of employees who participate in sporting events for charity.
- Investing in Our People: We believe in fostering healthy, engaged and proud employees. After all, our company is only as strong as our people. That’s why we invest in initiatives such as Continental Foods Fit that aims to increase the resilience of employees by focusing on movement, health and well-being at Continental Foods. We listen to our employees' feedback on working conditions and practices wherever possible. We are convinced that resilient employees achieve better results.
At Continental Foods, our ambition for the next five years is make a significant impact in these four focus areas, through an ever-expanding range of programmes and activities. This is only the beginning. By thinking sustainably in all we do, we can grow together for generations to come.