SanLucar invested more than €7m in social and environmental projects in Europe, Africa and South America between 2013 and 2015.
The latest edition of SanLucar’s corporate responsibility report, which will present the report at next month’s Fruit Logistica, details investments made Germany, Austria, Spain, Tunisia, South Africa and Ecuador, all countries where the company has production activities.
As well as providing detailed and transparent information about all the initiatives launched by SanLucar’s corporate responsibility department, the fourth edition of the report sets out the company’s s objectives and goals up to 2020.
“Corporate Responsibility is an essential part of our business and the reason why our actions concerning social and environmental matters are completely integrated in our global company strategy,” said CEO Stephan Rötzer.
“Our daily activity is based on five fields of action: excellent taste of our products, safety and health at work, environmental protection, education and knowledge exchange as well as the fulfillment of dreams for all the members of the communities where SanLucar is established.”
Environmental projects include the development of a more efficient irrigation system for the company’s fields in Tunisia, the installation of solar panels for its Austrian office and an energy saving programme for the SanLucar warehouse in Germany.
In this latest initiative, SanLucar has been able to reduce the CO₂ emissions by 61 tonnes by installing to a more efficient and environmentally friendly LED lighting system.
“Sometimes it´s hard to imagine the importance of this type of actions, but to have an idea it would be necessary to plant approximately 5,000 trees to counteract this amount of contaminating emissions,” Rötzer explained.
One of the milestones SanLucar reached during the last two years concerning social management has been the boost given in Germany, Austria and Spain to awareness programmes concerning the importance of doing sports and of following healthy nutrition habits.
In the same way, education and further training has been one of the priorities for the company. In 2015 it founded the SanLucar Academy in Ecuador, having previously launched this employee training project in Spain.