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Warm up for CG meeting on sustainability

You are receiving this newsletter, because you are invited to the CG meeting of 12 June. This CG meeting will be built around the theme ‘Sustainability’. With this newsletter, we aim to bring you up to speed about the developments within the Cosun organization in the field of sustainability and warm you up, for the meeting in June.

 

We need your help to further develop our sustainability ambitions. The ambitions will be linked to the 3 pillars Sourcing & Agriculture, Environment and People. The program of the day is currently under construction, as is the choice of the venue. In one of our coming newsletters we will share more details of this day.

A spotlight on

sustainability

 

Cosun’s sustainability

vision & pillars

Since 2015 the Sustainability Platform has been working on bringing sustainability efforts of the different business together and formulating an overarching vision and approach. The group consists of representatives of the different groups: Frank van Noord, Coen de Haas, Willy van Oorschot, Jobien Laurijssen, Mark Huysman, Etiënne Geerts, Dick van Aart, Corine Kroft and is headed by Anouk ter Laak, CEO of SVZ.

 

The platform started small, just sharing ideas and great examples, but soon concluded that the similarity of the various businesses: all with agricultural roots and many with suppliers to the international food industry, gives potential to further professionalize our approach towards sustainability. And that’s exactly what happened the past year: a joint Cosun’s vision on Sustainability was formulated: Together we grow.

 

The vision brings focus in the broad field of sustainability. We focus on elements that we control and which are reflected in all our business groups. Our vision is built on 3 pillars where we can make the difference:

 

Environmental sustainability – because we can increase our efficiency in the chain while reducing our environmental impact and dependency on natural resources.

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Sustainable sourcing & agriculture – because the future of our business depends on the long-term availability of safe and high quality agricultural crops.

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Good stakeholdership – because we care for the people we employ, the consumers we feed and society we operate in.

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Anouk: “Sustainability is such a broad theme, that with this vision and the formulation of our pillars, we have put the spotlight on the actual areas where we can make the difference. The next step will be to make it more tangible and formulate ambitions and commitments within the pillars. I truly believe that with our proven track record in the field of sustainability thus far, Cosun is well equipped to take sustainability to the next level.

Care for our business is taking care
of our future The importance of sustainability Many of us may not realize that sustainability is at the core of what we do at Cosun. For decades, we have focused on how we can use our resources better. Sustainability is what we call it nowadays, but in fact, Cosun has been taking care of its resources and maximizing their potential for a long time. A few examples. Suiker Unie prides itself in using 100% of the 9 million tons of sugar beet in its processes and with its focus on circularity, which means nothing is wasted in its production processes. And what about the more than 9,000 farmers who own Cosun; they all are SAI Gold accredited. Novidon is very successful in upgrading and selling side streams from Aviko and orhers. SVZ makes great progress in the traceability of its raw materials and works with farmers to reduce the use of crop protection and fertilizers. In the Cosun Innovation Center we look into ways on how to use components of our crops in non-food applications such as renewable plastic. Duynie and Suiker Unie combine logistics to reduce our carbon footprint. Albert Markusse: “Our track record in sustainability is quite substantial. Cosun and its business groups can be proud of our achievements in sustainability thus far. We have many examples that underline our capabilities in taking care of our resources; people, raw materials and production processes alike.” “I strongly believe, that with our focus on care, circularity and maximizing the yield of our natural resources, we have proven that Cosun is well beyond the ‘tree hugging’ feeling and has made sustainability an integrated part of its businesses.” Responsibility Albert: “Speaking on my own behalf both personally and professionally, I feel responsible to contribute making the world a better place for future generations. We need to act on targets set by ourselves and governments to reduce CO2-emissions and energy consumption. Moreover, a growing number of our customers ask questions about traceability and demand some kind of sustainability accreditation.” “Not only external factors press our need for more sustainable business. In everything we do, Cosun aspires to be best in its class. We intend to take care of all the resources around us, whether it is raw material, people or the entire supply chain. In doing so, we are not only making progress in sustainability but will also improve our results.” “I therefore look forward to our meeting on sustainability. With so much knowledge and experience available, I believe we are ready to take it 1 big step further. By extending our ambitions, sharing more of our sustainability initiatives and successes both internally and externally, we will contribute to create a better world for us and the generations yet to come.” In our CG meeting of 12 June, we will focus on our emergent sustainability ambitions. The ambitions will be linked to the 3 pillars: Environment, People and Sourcing & Agriculture.

BOOK TIP

 

Cradle to cradle

Author: Braungard & William McDonough

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Warm up for CG meeting on sustainability
Care for our business is taking care
of our future The importance of sustainability Many of us may not realize that sustainability is at the core of what we do at Cosun. For decades, we have focused on how we can use our resources better. Sustainability is what we call it nowadays, but in fact, Cosun has been taking care of its resources and maximizing their potential for a long time. A few examples. Suiker Unie prides itself in using 100% of the 9 million tons of sugar beet in its processes and with its focus on circularity, which means nothing is wasted in its production processes. And what about the more than 9,000 farmers who own Cosun; they all are SAI Gold accredited. Novidon is very successful in upgrading and selling side streams from Aviko and orhers. SVZ makes great progress in the traceability of its raw materials and works with farmers to reduce the use of crop protection and fertilizers. In the Cosun Innovation Center we look into ways on how to use components of our crops in non-food applications such as renewable plastic. Duynie and Suiker Unie combine logistics to reduce our carbon footprint. Albert Markusse: “Our track record in sustainability is quite substantial. Cosun and its business groups can be proud of our achievements in sustainability thus far. We have many examples that underline our capabilities in taking care of our resources; people, raw materials and production processes alike.” “I strongly believe, that with our focus on care, circularity and maximizing the yield of our natural resources, we have proven that Cosun is well beyond the ‘tree hugging’ feeling and has made sustainability an integrated part of its businesses.” Responsibility Albert: “Speaking on my own behalf both personally and professionally, I feel responsible to contribute making the world a better place for future generations. We need to act on targets set by ourselves and governments to reduce CO2-emissions and energy consumption. Moreover, a growing number of our customers ask questions about traceability and demand some kind of sustainability accreditation.” “Not only external factors press our need for more sustainable business. In everything we do, Cosun aspires to be best in its class. We intend to take care of all the resources around us, whether it is raw material, people or the entire supply chain. In doing so, we are not only making progress in sustainability but will also improve our results.” “I therefore look forward to our meeting on sustainability. With so much knowledge and experience available, I believe we are ready to take it 1 big step further. By extending our ambitions, sharing more of our sustainability initiatives and successes both internally and externally, we will contribute to create a better world for us and the generations yet to come.” In our CG meeting of 12 June, we will focus on our emergent sustainability ambitions. The ambitions will be linked to the 3 pillars: Environment, People and Sourcing & Agriculture.
Warm up for CG meeting on sustainability
Care for our business is taking care
of our future The importance of sustainability Many of us may not realize that sustainability is at the core of what we do at Cosun. For decades, we have focused on how we can use our resources better. Sustainability is what we call it nowadays, but in fact, Cosun has been taking care of its resources and maximizing their potential for a long time. A few examples. Suiker Unie prides itself in using 100% of the 9 million tons of sugar beet in its processes and with its focus on circularity, which means nothing is wasted in its production processes. And what about the more than 9,000 farmers who own Cosun; they all are SAI Gold accredited. Novidon is very successful in upgrading and selling side streams from Aviko and orhers. SVZ makes great progress in the traceability of its raw materials and works with farmers to reduce the use of crop protection and fertilizers. In the Cosun Innovation Center we look into ways on how to use components of our crops in non-food applications such as renewable plastic. Duynie and Suiker Unie combine logistics to reduce our carbon footprint. Albert Markusse: “Our track record in sustainability is quite substantial. Cosun and its business groups can be proud of our achievements in sustainability thus far. We have many examples that underline our capabilities in taking care of our resources; people, raw materials and production processes alike.” “I strongly believe, that with our focus on care, circularity and maximizing the yield of our natural resources, we have proven that Cosun is well beyond the ‘tree hugging’ feeling and has made sustainability an integrated part of its businesses.” Responsibility Albert: “Speaking on my own behalf both personally and professionally, I feel responsible to contribute making the world a better place for future generations. We need to act on targets set by ourselves and governments to reduce CO2-emissions and energy consumption. Moreover, a growing number of our customers ask questions about traceability and demand some kind of sustainability accreditation.” “Not only external factors press our need for more sustainable business. In everything we do, Cosun aspires to be best in its class. We intend to take care of all the resources around us, whether it is raw material, people or the entire supply chain. In doing so, we are not only making progress in sustainability but will also improve our results.” “I therefore look forward to our meeting on sustainability. With so much knowledge and experience available, I believe we are ready to take it 1 big step further. By extending our ambitions, sharing more of our sustainability initiatives and successes both internally and externally, we will contribute to create a better world for us and the generations yet to come.” In our CG meeting of 12 June, we will focus on our emergent sustainability ambitions. The ambitions will be linked to the 3 pillars: Environment, People and Sourcing & Agriculture.

BOOK TIP

 

Cradle to cradle

Author: Braungard
& William McDonough