Europastry commits to sustainability by joining the United Nations Global Compact
The company started 2018 by joining the world’s largest Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.
Europastry, of the world’s fifth largest frozen dough producer and market leader in this sector in Spain, has joined the world’s largest Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, the United Nations Global Compact, which has more than 9,700 members companies from 160 countries.
Signing this important agreement is part of the company’s commitment to accountability and sustainability. Europastry has therefore formally adopted the ten basic principles of the United Nations Global Compact in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.
The company considers this commitment a very valuable opportunity to integrate new principles and values aligned with its business strategy, corporate culture and current operational structure.
The United Nations Global Compact is an initiative that encourages companies and organisations around the world to adopt sustainable, socially responsible policies. Membership is voluntary, and member organisations undertake to ratify and disseminate the principles, and to report on progress made in applying them.
For companies, which are essential to globalisation, joining the UN Global Compact is an opportunity to contribute to market accountability, fair trade, fair development of technology and regulation of financial systems, all of which help to drive and improve economies and societies everywhere.
A constant commitment to sustainability
Throughout its 30-year history, Europastry has consolidated its commitment to sustainability through various activities, such as pioneering the elimination of partially and fully hydrogenated oils from its products, as well as artificial additives and flavours and colourings. Food quality is guaranteed by BRC and IFS Food quality and safety certificates in all its plants.
Europastry also holds GMO Free certification, which guarantees the use of raw materials free of genetically modified organisms, and BIO certification, which accredits the use of organic farming methods. The company also holds the UTZ sustainable cocoa certificate, which guarantees the use of sustainably produced cocoa that can be traced from its source.
When it comes to environmental sustainability, Europastry has obtained ISO 14001:2004 environmental certification for its Rubí plant and the BREEAM sustainable building certification for its plant in Oldenzaal (the Netherlands). The company continuously audits and improves the water and energy management systems at its production plants, like introducing innovative projects to optimise energy consumption in manufacturing processes.
The company also works closely with welfare organisations to improve the quality of life of those who need it most, either through product donations or by offering vocational training.