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Community partners

Nordzucker plays an important role in the mainly rural communities where we operate. To make sure our impact on communities is positive, we support our neighbourhoods by providing jobs and work in partnership to address any concerns about the effects of our operations on the surrounding area.

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Economic value

In the rural areas where most of our operations are based, our plants are major employers. They offer qualified and sustainable occupations and high-quality apprenticeships, primarily in a technical environment.

Throughout the year, each plant generates economic value for the surrounding region. Our operations benefit agricultural businesses that grow beet for Nordzucker, local businesses and service providers who work at the plant, and employees who live close to the plant and spend money locally.

Support through taxes

At our local sites in Germany, Nordzucker is usually one of the biggest tax payers. A mid-size Nordzucker sugar plant in Europe has expenses of around EUR 101 million, and pays an average of EUR 4 million in taxes depending on the performance in the actual year. Through these taxes we make a major contribution to supporting and influencing life in the community. We inform the community of our forecasts in time to help the community plan for any changes accordingly.

Open communication

Most of our plants arrange meetings with neighbours, local politicians, representatives of initiatives or local authorities  at least once a year. Through the meetings, we can inform participants about the recent campaign, alert them to any problems, and keep them up to date about the financial situation of the Group and any planned major investments or projects.

The meetings also give community members a chance to tell us of any concerns, so we can plan our activities accordingly. This is particularly important in our four-month production season, when heavy traffic, noise and odours from our operation can be a problem.

Local meetings of this kind keep a continuous, constructive dialogue open between the plant and the community. They also build a good foundation for all kind of challenges that might arise during the year.

Impact

 

Plant tours

Our guided plant tours are very popular in Germany, Poland and Slovakiaall our production sites in all countries, attracting more than 10,000 visitors a year. Visitors on these tours learn the basics of sugar production through entertaining presentations that are easy to understand. The tours form part of the company’s transparent product communications and are aimed mainly at clubs, consumers, neighbours and specialist groups.

A typical Nordzucker factory

A Nordzucker factory with a capacity of 10,000 tons of beet per campaign day corresponds to:

And these annual expenses.