Vreugdenhil operates from the heart of society and aims to add value throughout the entire chain on an economic, social and ecological level.
A more appropriate theme than 'working together' could not have been chosen when we started on this sustainability report. After all, although we have kept a distance from each other (one and a half metres) wherever possible over the past few months, together with all the partners in the chain we are managing to get through the corona crisis.
By working together, we can still continue to collect, process and trade milk unabatedly, and in this way, add value throughout the entire chain every day on an economic, social and ecological level. Fortunately, our product still reaches millions of people around the world every day – people who depend on the healthy and nutritious milk powders of Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods. As a result, 'We bring you the best of milk' remains as topical as ever.
Vreugdenhil operates from the heart of society. The company grows and takes responsibility – not only where we have to take it, but especially where we want to take it. Sustainability is an important part of our five-year strategy for a reason, and a Great Place To Work, Climate-Neutral and Profitable Value Chain are the key building blocks. As a company, we take responsibility in this, as our customers and suppliers (may) expect from us. In this way, together we can make the entire chain more sustainable, step by step.
You can also read about taking responsibility in the story of dairy farmer Verkleij, who talks about the solar panels, LED lighting and heat storage they are investing in as a company. The family business has the ambition to generate even more green energy by means of a wind turbine in the future. A wonderful story of a new generation of dairy farmers who identify opportunities and make their business more sustainable. And there are lots of these great stories that make this sustainability report not only informative.
We want to thank all parties involved in our chain, from dairy farmers and suppliers to customers, for the faith they have had in us. We would also like to thank our employees for their hard work and unbridled dedication. We hope you enjoy reading this annual report featuring stories, figures and pictures.
Jan Vreugdenhil, Chairman
Albert de Groot, CEO
Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods, together with all partners in the chain, took valuable steps in the field of sustainability in 2019. For example, more than 90% of dairy farmers participate in the Vreugdenhil sustainability programme; we have achieved good results in the area of health and safety; and last year the roofs of our Gorinchem production site were fitted with solar panels. You can read this and more about our sustainability performance on this website.
outdoor grazing. This is higher than the Dutch average of 83%
green power consumption.
Target 2029: climate-neutral production
of dairy farmers participate in our sustainability programme
for our head office in Nijkerk
CO2 emissions from milk transport
Goal: 20% less
sickness absence. In 2018 this was 4.6%
Goal 2022: 4%
is the safety standard according to which we will certify all sites
employees. This is 8.5% more staff than in 2018
countries are supplied with our tasty and nutritious milk powders
export outside Europe to countries around the equator, where the climate is not optimal
Ethiopians will have clean drinking water from the drinking well in Ethiopia