Sustainability Policy

Döhler is a global producer, marketer and provider of natural ingredients, ingredients systems and integrated solutions for the food and beverage industry. This is the purpose of our business. Fulfilling this purpose day by day, we work together with many different people from all over the world, use thousands of different raw materials, water, energy and many other resources.

As a family-owned company founded in 1838, we are committed to acting long-term and with responsibility in mind. Our focus and our actions respect the principles of sustainability. We understand sustainability to be an opportunity to balance economical, ecological and social issues, in order to achieve and guarantee long-term and lasting success. In pursuing these principles effectively and engaging our customers and partners to do the same, we focus on three pillars:

  1. People
  2. Performance
  3. Planet


Obligations to our stakeholders

At Döhler we are committed to taking a process approach to achieving sustainability for our stakeholders based on the three pillars:

  • People: Having satisfied employees - Treating all employees equally - Protecting human rights - Accepting and fostering the diversity of people - Supporting the UNICEF initiative to protect children all over the world.
  • Performance: Improving customer satisfaction - Achieving sustainable growth - Keeping the company economically healthy - Increasing profits sustainably - Performing consistent and creative R&D work to satisfy customer needs - Fair trading between our suppliers and us.
  • Planet: Using less energy & water - Increasing the percentage of renewable energies - Reducing the percentage of fossil fuels - Producing less CO2 - Increasing yield and producing less waste - Increasing the recycling rate - Reducing the environmental impact of transport.


An integrated sustainability, Environment and Health & Safety system

To achieve sustainability, we have an integrated system important in all parts of our business. At each of our locations, our policy is to operate the sustainability & EHS system based on the three pillars people, performance, planet.

Concerning EH&S we see and accept our company responsibility. We will not compromise on EH&S values and we will not risk any harm to the environment, to our colleagues and to our business partners. We strongly support actions for environmental protection and accident free working conditions.

We commit ourselves to full compliance with all applicable legal environmental, health and safety requirements and all internal requirements.

Measurement and improvement

We always strive to continuously improve sustainability & EHS. We do this by setting yearly ambitious goals and programmes, recording, monitoring and evaluating performance, and establishing scope for improvement. We support our employees at all levels in continuous improvement for the benefit of all our stakeholders.

The German Association for Sustainability (DQS CFS) has awarded the Döhler group with the German Award for Excellence in the “Sustainable Leadership” category for exemplary sustainability management. The jury was particularly impressed by the way in which the topic of sustainability has been holistically integrated into our business strategy and culture.

As part of a global CSR strategy, we have set ourselves ambitious goals for 2020 and aligned our key activities with a comprehensive materiality analysis. The jury placed particular emphasis on the agro-sustainability programme during their evaluation; a farmer-level programme which leads to long-term, locally-established and responsible value creation. With this strategy we will assure to manage our dependence on agricultural raw materials, which is the basis to stay in business also for the next generations. “For the past few years, we have been pursuing various sustainability projects that harmonise social, economic and ecological aspects. This award thus means a lot to us because it shows us that we are on the right path,” said Steffen Ammon, Head of Global Sustainability, who accepted the award at the CFS sustainability conference in Düsseldorf.

The German Awards for Excellence are awarded to companies that have committed themselves to sustainability and take on a pioneering role in the field through concrete actions. This year, 12 companies were honoured with the award for their exemplary and forward-looking sustainability management. Other award winners include Coca Cola European Partners Deutschland GmbH in the “Water Footprint” area as well as ALDI SÜD in the “Responsible Sourcing” category. A total of 168 companies applied. 

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