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An integrated approach

To ensure sustainability is an integral part of how we do business, our sustainability strategy is managed at board level, and supported by policies, commitments and action plans that cover all parts of our organisation.

Board commitment

At board level, responsibility for sustainability rests with the Chief Operating Officer (COO), who chairs the Sustainability Forum. Meeting at least three times a year, the forum members discuss and evaluate our sustainability strategy, action plans and related risks and opportunities. Forum recommendations provide the basis for strategic decision-making on sustainability issues by Nordzucker’s Executive Board.

The forum comprises two executive board members and seven senior executives from Sales, Production, Agriculture, Procurement, Communications, SHEQ and Sustainability. The Head of Sustainability reports directly to the COO. Operational responsibility rests with line managers, supported by the sustainability team.

The forum outline the sustainability strategy and decides on specific sustainability policies which are implemented in the line organisation through targets and action plans.


Our internal sustainability network

All the company’s major functions work closely together to make sure that sustainability remains an integral part of our business. The sustainability team serves as a competence centre and provides active support to key processes.



We have a set of corporate key performance indicators (KPIs) that measure our progress towards sustainability goals. To ensure progress in all parts of the organisation, annual targets are broken down by functional and factory level and supported by the company’s planning and target-setting processes. Progress is reported internally every quarter. An integrated management system, relevant certification processes and a robust internal audit programme support our continuous improvement culture.


Code of Conduct

Launched in early 2013, our Code of Conduct sets out the basic principles that all of us at Nordzucker must observe. It covers many issues related to sustainability, including corruption, conflicts of interest, fair competition, supplier requirements, human and labour rights, energy use and environmental protection, safety and health, quality and food / feed safety.


Purpose and public commitments

In 2014 we launched a new company purpose, based on a business model that recognises the need for integration of sustainability.

Our approach is supported by our public commitments, which are listed below. Our Code of Conduct and Supplier Code of Conduct are aligned with the UN Global Compact and ETI Base Code.




•      Signed UN Global Compact

•      Comply with German Corporate Governance Code

•      Member of CEFS (the European Sugar Industry)

•      Member of Bonsucro

•      Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI)

•      Member of Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

•      Ecovadis

•      Member of SEDEX and subject to third-party SEDEX-audits