TAKING OUR RESPONSIBILITY:PEOPLE, SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
At the Jan Zandbergen Group, one of our core values is taking responsibility. Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR, means taking responsibility for your actions and demonstrating a commitment to people, society and the environment.
What does this mean for the Jan Zandbergen Group in practice?
PEOPLE & SOCIETY
JAN ZANDBERGEN SUPPORTS THE BLACK JAGUAR FOUNDATION
The Black Jaguar Foundation (BJF) is an international non-profit organisation that works to realise the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor: the largest green corridor in the world, and one of the biggest reforestation projects in South America.
One of the activities undertaken in connection with the realisation of the Araguaia Corridor is the replanting of millions of indigenous trees, restoring agricultural land to its original state: as part of the habitat of the Amazon rainforest and the Cerrado Savanna. These ecosystems are of vital importance to our future! They generate 20% of the oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere, filter 30% of all fresh water and are the source of 25% of all modern medicines.
THE ENVIRONMENT: TOWARDS MORE SUSTAINABLE PROCESSES
We want to continue to reduce our carbon footprint and cut back our consumption of power and water as far as possible. That is why we constantly seek to identify new opportunities to save resources within our processes. Allow us to offer a few examples:
Our temperature-controlled units use an NH3 system. Ammonia (NH3) is one of the most efficient coolants available. And an NH3 system forms the most energy-efficient solution for key cooling and refrigerated applications.
Our temperature-controlled units have been fitted with extra-thick insulation panels to reduce power consumption. In addition, their doors close automatically, so less heat enters the unit, and it can maintain a lower temperature.
In 2009, we took a temperature-controlled unit into operation that includes a heat recovery system that collects heat from the exhaust for re-use. This substantially reduces the unit’s power consumption, which has a positive impact on operating costs and the environment.
We have installed solar panels on various sections of our roofs. This allows us to generate sustainable, green electricity that can be used to power a share of our processes.
We use sustainable LED lighting in our production areas and temperature-controlled units. These lights are fitted with motion sensors so they only switch on at full power when required. Our newest (2015) refrigerated units – which are also our largest – have an automated crane system. As a result, our employees are hardly ever required to enter the actual unit – meaning that the lights can stay off most of the time.
In early 2018, we took Diviande’s new production location into use. Designing the building, we paid close attention to sustainability, and the contractors moreover worked according to BREEAM-NL requirements. As a result, the location has been awarded the highest BREEAM-NL Outstanding certificate. This impressive 5-star score is a truly unique accomplishment in the Food sector. It underlines how we strive to distinguish ourselves in this area.
When we replaced one of our trucks in 2020, we consciously opted for one that runs on LNG rather than diesel fuel. This cuts the vehicle’s carbon emissions by an average of 20%.
We are steadily expanding the share of plant protein products in our range. A lot of products made from plant proteins contain soy. Soy has a somewhat controversial image since its production is often mentioned in the same breath as deforestation in the Amazon or China. We have set the following requirements for the soy used in our own product range:
- The soy has been certified by a European certification body.
- 85% of the power consumed during production comes from a renewable source (hydropower).
- Thanks to a unique production method, no chemicals are used in the extraction of proteins.
- The soy is GMO-free.
In addition, we also develop and produce plant-based products that contain no soy whatsoever. The other plant proteins in our own products are also sourced from European growers. This results in a very small carbon footprint.
We encourage our staff to be environmentally responsible in the workplace. This ranges from separating waste at the source, turning off any machines that won’t be used for a while to promoting fuel efficiency among our drivers.