Our measures for environmental responsibility

To achieve our goals we are pursuing the following measures:

Packaging and food waste:

  • In recent years, we have been optimising corporate processes and logistics in order to reduce the amount of waste we produce within the manufacturing process itself. We believe that close collaboration with partners upstream and downstream in the value chain enables us to refine our planning precision.
  • The Supply Chain Excellence section was established in early 2016 to determine the potential for improvement across the group and help with its implementation. Food waste is another key criteria taken into account when procuring new machinery.
  • Last but not least, we are committed to making meaningful use of finished and semi-finished products that are fault-free but can no longer be marketed via normal sales channels. This may, for example, include donating products to partner organisations such as 'Tischlein deck dich'.

Climate and energy:

  • All ORIOR production companies in Switzerland are part of the Energy Agency of the Swiss Private Sector (EnAW) programme that advises industrial businesses on how to reduce their CO2 emissions and boost their energy efficiency.
  • We are optimising our processes and infrastructure as part of company management measures. When investing in new machinery, as well as examining economic aspects such as price and service life, we also look at its power consumption and carbon footprint.
  • We have been purchasing the power for all Swiss competence centres centrally since 2016. Central management is a first step that helps us regulate efficiency. The next step will be optimising the electricity mix. We are thus currently increasing our proportion of renewable energy by building a wood chip system at Biotta.

Water:

  • We see good potential for reducing our water consumption by constantly optimising our machinery – including via investment in machines that make efficient use of water – and continually improving our production processes.
  • We are also training our employees (and in particular our cleaning staff) in how to make sparing use of water.
  • In addition, the type of products and their manufacturing processes make a decisive difference to water consumption. Strategic decisions regarding our product portfolio must also be given meaningful consideration when reviewing our water consumption.