Uelzena publishes “Designing the future together” sustainability report
Uelzena dairy producer in conversation with chief managing director Jörn Dwehus
The Uelzena Group has published its sixth sustainability report with the title “Designing the future together.” Progress, measures and key successes were also reported in the 2020 business year within the five action fields of company, products, production, employees, and social and regional responsibility. Data and facts collected in accordance with the international GRI standard underpin the reporting.
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
The Uelzena Group is continually working on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in production. To reduce emissions all the way along the value-added chain, it is essential to focus on the upstream processes – specifically milk production. A pilot project was initiated with the aim of decreasing avoidable emissions in this area. It tackles the carbon footprint of the milk and demonstrates options for the dairy farmers to reduce their own emissions.
Focus on togetherness
The spread of the coronavirus turned the working and business world upside down. Lockdown measures and their economic impact also affected employees of the Uelzena Group in a variety of ways. Positive effects included a stronger team spirit and the expansion of digital possibilities, while negative effects were caused by the many necessary process adjustments. Ensuring the health and safety of the employees whilst also sustaining the business processes as a milk-processing company was a major challenge that Uelzena was able to handle successfully.
Sustainable milk production
Incorporating sustainability aspects with regard to the primary ingredient of milk holds an especially high priority for Uelzena as a milk-processing company. In 2020, the volume of raw milk supplied rose by further seven percent. 76% of this milk is VLOG certified. Which means that no genetically modified crops are used in the cattle feed. In order to investigate sustainability aspects at the level of milk production, Uelzena participates in the QM sustainability module milk. A second round of the survey commenced in the reporting year with the aim of joint further development based on the obtained findings.
Transparent sustainability communication
Sustainability reporting offers all stakeholders transparent and reliable information on the company’s economic, ecological and social activities, and creates a framework for joint dialogue. The exclusively online report is published annually and is based on international GRI standards (Global Reporting Initiative) according to the “core” option. The 2020 GRI index and key figures are available to download as a PDF.
Further information on Uelzena’s online 2020 sustainability report can be found at: www.uelzena.de/en/sustainability.