We know that packaging has an impact on the environment. Around 700,000 tonnes of eatable food are discarded each year, contributing to 4% of combined carbon emissions.
Together with our customers, we develop innovative packaging solutions that reduce waste by both promoting and protecting products. Encouraging reuse and recycling is also central to our goal of moving as much of our packaging material as possible into the circular economy.
Tackling waste on the production line
Cardboard, foil and plastic used in production are our most significant sources of waste and we continue to measure and improve on our performance in this area.
All Schur companies have implemented comprehensive waste handling systems to ensure that our waste is always processed in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner. Put simply:
When we reduce our energy use, our customers reduce their carbon footprint. That’s why we monitor energy consumption across our facilities to find opportunities to work more efficiently.
Schur has now made energy efficiency a core criterion for renovation, installations, new buildings and production equipment. This has helped us achieve a 40% reduction in relative energy consumption at our Danish facilities since 2011/12.
Securing continuous improvements in CO2 emissions
Our efforts to reduce our emissions go beyond our production lines. They also include indirect sources such as freight transport and passenger transport using cars, trains and aeroplanes.
Taken together, our carbon initiatives enabled us to reduce our emissions per tonne of product by 45% between 2011/12 and 2019/20.
Schur has always believed in treating people with decency and respect. This is reflected in our high talent retention rates and our strong sense of loyalty – in fact many of our skilled employees have more than 25 years of seniority.
To ensure this experience is continually strengthened, we work hard to provide a safe environment and strong work culture that empowers individuals to thrive. This naturally led us to make SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth a specific focus area – enhancing our ability to attract talent today, and thereby securing our future success.
Putting diversity in focus
We believe that diversity in age, ability, gender, level of education and background contributes to a strong culture and performance. Our ambition is for all of Schur employees to have equal opportunities to maximize their potential within our organization.
“We believe in supporting and developing you as a whole person – not just your professional competencies. That requires a close dialogue to enable us to really get to know each other.”
Director of Operations, Schur Technology
Our 175-year history would not have been possible without respect for the people we do business with. Responsible business practices have sustained our business for six generations, and we intend to continue for many more.
Driving sustainability in our supply chains
The Schur Code of Conduct defines the standards we expect ourselves, our suppliers, and our customers to live up to. Aligned with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, it covers human and labor rights, the environment, and anti-corruption.