Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is defined by our goal of applying sustainability to all our business processes and activities. This means we not only want to produce in a sustainable manner but also strive to observe sustainability in every aspect in relations to our employees, partners and society. We have therefore established a number of commitments which we pursue in our daily activities.
FAIR WORKING CONDITIONS
We believe in equal and fair working conditions for everyone. This means adequate compensation, based on experience and education, plenty of spare time and a safe workplace. At Protifarm we allow employees to voice any suggestions, concerns or other issues and will always take these seriously. We also pursue our partners and suppliers to have the same standards for their employees.
SAFE AND HEALTHY WORKING ENVIRONMENT
All possible measures are taken in the work environment to eliminate potential dangers for employees. With strict safety regulations for both employees and the workplace we aim to provide a work environment were physical and/or mental harm is eliminated as much as possible. Furthermore our offices and production facilities meet the highest standards in materials used and construction methods employed to ensure a safe workplace.
Respect is a critical element in any relation and the relations between employer and employees is no exception. We therefore respect the privacy, religious affiliation, gender of all employees and enforce mutual respect between employees. This policy of respect is enforced from the moment of contact with Protifarm, whether this is in the form of an application, partnerships, commercial transactions or any other form of contact. We respect and protect the privacy of all parties involved.
PROVIDE TRAINING AND EDUCATION
Well-educated staff have great benefits for any organization and at Protifarm we encourage employees to continue to develop themselves through both internal and external training programs. Protifarm not only offers training sessions to further the professional career of its employees but also provide instructions and knowledge on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, both physical and mentally.
REDUCE AND CONTROL WASTE
Reducing waste is an integral part of our corporate philosophy and we pursue this goal in every aspect of our business activities. During our activities we aim to use as much materials as possible which can be recycled or reused to minimize our waste output. All waste is separated and processed properly in accordance with international regulations to minimize the impact on the environment. We furthermore request all suppliers and partners to consider the environment when using packaging materials, transportation and other resources which may generate unnecessary waste.
MINIMIZE ENERGY AND WATER USAGE
Energy and water are two important elements in any business and need to be handled in a controlled and affective manner. At Protifarm we aim to reduce our energy consumption by exclusively using energy-efficient equipment and LED lighting. Much of the water used within our facilities is being re-used in other applications. We encourage and instruct our staff to be aware of energy and water consumption and actively pursue a course to minimize any unnecessary use of energy or water.
PROTECT NATURAL RESOURCES
At Protifarm we are motivated to protect our limited natural resources and give them back to our planet. All materials used during construction and production are certified according to international sustainability standards. We request our partners and suppliers to also use exclusively sustainable materials in our relations and promote the support of various projects aimed at protecting our planet’s resources.
MINIMIZE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS (GHG)
Greenhouse gas emissions are greatly impacting our environment and at Protifarm we aim to reduce our emission both directly and indirectly. We have developed a policy to minimize the output of emissions from production and transportation by using environmental-friendly materials and obtaining resources and materials as much as available, locally. We exclusively use materials and resources which are proven to produce as little emissions as possible both during production and usage.
SAFE AND STANDARDIZED PRODUCTION PROCESS
We have performed extensive research to optimize and standardize our production process in terms of yield, minimizing the impact on the environment and use resources as efficiently as possible. We have implemented various safety and quality-checks and regulations throughout the entire process to safeguard the health of employee and consumer alike. By continuously optimizing our production processes we can lower the required input in resources and energy and consequently lower the output of waste and emissions.
SAFE AND TRANSPARENT PRODUCTS
Protifarm products have been developed through extensive research to secure an unparalleled standard in quality and safety. Given the importance of quality nutrition, we are continually testing and improving our products in order to be able to supply our customers with safety. All our products meet both domestic and international regulations regarding safe consumption. Transparency is highly valued at Protifarm and we provide full disclosure about the nutritional composition of the end-product as well as full traceability of any resources used in the creation of the product upon request.
PROMOTE AND EDUCATE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
We aim to promote the importance of nutrition in a person’s overall health, as well as additional aspects such as sufficient exercise and avoiding stress. By providing clear information about the nutritional content of our products and explaining the impact of these different nutritional elements. Furthermore by supporting (inter)national projects and initiatives we hope to further expand knowledge on the various aspects influencing of a person’s health and how to apply these to your daily life.
HELP DEVELOP HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS PRODUCTS
We aim to provide insect ingredients in creating true healthy and sustainable food for everyone.
At Protifarm, we support initiatives aimed at developing new edible goods with our products and by providing the extensive knowledge and experience of our dedicated R&D team of entomologists, biologists and and nutritionists. Through years of research, we have developed a significant knowledge basis in the field of developing functional and healthy ingredients and we gladly employ this knowledge in strategic partnerships to make these ingredients and products available for everyone.
OPTIMIZE OUR ENTIRE SUPPLY CHAIN
Sustainability does not end and stop at our facilities but needs to be applied to the entire supply chain, we therefore consider the environment in all relations with our partners, suppliers and customer and encourage them to act likewise. To minimize the impact of transportation we aim to conduct business with local suppliers and processors as much as possible. We also request or suppliers to use as little packaging materials as possible in order to prevent unnecessary waste.
SUPPORT PROJECTS TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT
We are avid supporters of international projects aimed at creating a self-sufficient society.
Through these projects we can share our gained knowledge to allow people to start their own small scale insect farms to feed themselves and make a living. This not only provides people secure access to food but, equally important, allow them to produce their food in a sustainable manner and thus develop a solution for the long-run.
The world is facing numerous challenges which cannot be overcome by a single company or institution. It will require innovative solutions, which can only be achieved by bringing together various industry fields and combining all available knowledge into practical solutions. At Protifarm we are committed to cooperate with industry experts and institutions in overcoming environmental, nutritional and global health challenges. Through both national and international projects we exchange knowledge and practical information about various issues and work closely together to develop sustainable and affordable solution, which can be made available for everyone.