Sustainable business management is a matter close to our hearts. Quality and sustainable work require trust and effective collaboration throughout every part of the value chain. This is why Hochwald adheres to a common value system when selecting its suppliers and service providers. The shared goal is to continuously improve performance and efficiency in health, safety and environmental issues.
Our self-imposed standards and processes are certified in accordance with recognised industry and quality standards and are regularly reviewed both internally and externally.
In 2018 alone, 86 internal and external audits were carried out on a variety of areas at all our sites (i.e. one or two audits per work week).
The Hochwald Code of Conduct clearly summarises the principles of our business and thus provides us with a binding framework for individual responsibility which is legally based on dealings with people, the environment and values.
Values such as integrity, reliability and credibility are of great importance within our company as well as in our dealings with suppliers, customers and employees. Our common goal is to supply our customers with high-quality appealing dairy products in order to guarantee our members secure and adequate profits both now and in the future.
To ensure our commitment to sustainability is transparent for our customers and suppliers, we have been a member of Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) since 2010. All our production sites are audited by SMETA (e.g. audits on working conditions, work safety, hygiene and environmental management). Regular audits are performed to prove that we respect ethical and social principles and have integrated them into our core business processes.
As part of the energy management system operating in all of our sites, which are all ISO 500001 certified, we have implemented a variety of measures to reduce our CO2 emissions. Through the continuous improvement process for the management system, new operational goals and measures are defined and implemented each year.
In the pursuit of our straightforward expansion strategy, which is generally accompanied by a growing carbon footprint, we have acknowledged our responsibility and the challenge we face to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. To this end, we are examining our entire value chain and emissions (Scope 1, 2 and 3) in accordance with the international Greenhouse Gas Protocol – in other words, from “farm to glass”.
The FSSC 22000 certification is internationally accepted proof of having a comprehensive management system for food safety. FSSC 22000 is based on ISO standards, recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and widely recognised in international trade and the processing industry.