Maintaining momentum Increasing CSR awareness An important aspect of the AAK Group’s CSR work is maintaining global momentum. To ensure that this happens, the Global CSR Manager visits all production plants annually. These visits have multiple purposes, besides the value of face-to-face meetings. During workshops with the local teams, local plans are completed, feedback is given on the locally reported GRI data, potential contributions to our Sustainability Report are discussed, and objectives, projects and initiatives for the coming period are presented. The special theme on this year’s tour was once again the palm oil supply chain with a focus on the implementation on AAK’s palm oil policy, various market trends and requirements, new vocabulary and definitions linked to palm oil sustainability, and the challenges ahead. To promote the continued sharing of information, best practices and progress on CSR objectives on a more regular basis, monthly virtual conferences are held with the participation of all CSR team leaders. To make CSR even more visible within the organization, an internal CSR award is presented each year to the AAK site or business area that has demonstrated outstanding CSR performance. In 2015, the production site in Morelia, Mexico received an award for significantly improved key indicators such as energy consumption, CO2 emissions, waste to landfill and Lost Time Injury Rate, and for an outstanding community engagement. The introduction of dashboards is sharpening attention on progress made. These comprise a one-page presentation of data and graphics showing GRI indicators with high priority or under significant development. A global dashboard has been created for AAK’s Executive Committee to follow global developments, while local dashboards illustrate and benchmark developments at individual production plants. The global implementation of our AAK Code of Conduct is another promoter for the integration of CSR in our business. The Code is fully implemented with all employees having read, understood, accepted and signed the Code. Further systems have been established to ensure that our Code is part of the introduction package for new employees. Another successful initiative has been the development of the CSR Toolbox, a global one access-point to CSR material established at our intranet and available to all AAK employees. The CSR Toolbox comprises materials such as policies and codes, presentations, training material, reports and Q&As. Furthermore, the introduction of short e-learning modules targeting specific topics has been embraced by the organization and proven to be an effective way to train employees globally.
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