Good dialogue requires careful listening and a shared resolve to explore opportunities. By allowing the other to tell their story, appreciating their story, and treating each other with respect, we create space for dialogue.
Suffice to say that, here at Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods, we are more than happy to engage in good dialogue about dairy, milk powder, and sustainability. The choice for Dairy Dialogue as the theme for this 2021 sustainability report is in keeping with the phase that our organisation has reached in the transition to sustainability. Sustainability has been interwoven into our day-to-day operations for over 10 years, is a topical issue, and will only develop further.
Over the past period, our new Sustainability Manager, Ilonka Nennie (whose name will come up regularly throughout this sustainability report), and internal and external stakeholders have worked hard on a new sustainability agenda that can count on broad support across the organisation. This agenda, which will be covered in this report, is part of Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods’ overall Marathon 25 strategy. A good plan for the future that helps us achieve our long-term goals. As a company, we have opted to ground our sustainability agenda on a broad base of support, which was confirmed largely by the outcome of the materiality analysis in which we processed responses from over 130 stakeholders.
Sustainability, Creating Shared Value calls for a long-term vision. Our climate ambition is to be carbon neutral from grass to glass by 2050. A joint approach across the supply chain is essential in making this happen. Dialogue with our stakeholders forms the basis for a shared ambition with clear goals for the future. This is how sustainability is gradually embedded more at Vreugdenhil.
As a family business, Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods is sustainable from the ground up. Based on our vision on sustainability, we take our responsibility: People, planet and profit are inseparably intertwined with our company, the people who make the company, and our sustainability ambitions,
as confirmed by the results of the employee engagement survey. Despite the fact that our employees have several highly challenging Covid-19 years behind them, they say in the survey that they feel committed to Vreugdenhil and that they work to their satisfaction in a safe environment. We are very proud of these survey results.
We would like to thank our employees and all stakeholders in our supply chain, ranging from dairy farmers and suppliers to customers. Your commitment and trust enables us to keep our performance levels up, which is consistent with our ambition to bring you the best of milk, every day and anywhere in the world.
We hope you enjoy reading this annual report.
Jan Vreugdenhil, DirectorAlbert de Groot, CEO
Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods, together with all partners in the chain, took valuable steps in the field of sustainability in 2021. Our ambition is to be carbon neutral from grass to glass by 2050. Together with internal and external stakeholders, we worked on a new sustainability agenda with clear and widely supported goals. More than 94% of dairy farmers took part in Vreugdenhil's sustainability programme, the carbon emissions of milk transport were further reduced, and our production site in Barneveld became climate neutral. The results of our employee engagement survey show that our employees feel very committed to the company and are proud of Vreugdenhil. You can read this and more about our sustainability performance on this website.
Outdoor grazing. Dutch average 84.0%
billion kilogrammes of milk... processed by Vreugdenhil
of dairy farmers take part in the sustainability programme
sustainable palm oil and soy lecithin used in our milk powders
reduction in carbon emissions from milk transport in 2021 compared to 2013, per kilogramme of milk
sickness absence rate, compared to 5.3% in 2020.
ISO is the safety standard according to which we will certify all our sites
Countries are supplied with our tasty and nutritious milk powders.
exports outside Europe to countries around the equator, where the climate is not optimal for keeping dairy cattle and where infrastructure for good milk processing is often lacking.
Ethiopians will have clean drinking water from the drinking well in Ethiopia for at least 20 years
- Vreugdenhil MVO Report 2021
- Vreugdenhil Sustainability Management 2021
- Vreugdenhil Stakeholder Engagement 2021
- Vreugdenhil Materiality and sustainability agenda in 2021
- Vreugdenhil Definitions annual report 2021
- Vreugdenhil Results Goals and Value Creation 2021
- Vreugdenhil GRI content index 2021
- Vreugdenhil Annual Report Glossary 2020
- Vreugdenhil GRI Table 2020
- Vreugdenhil Results Goals and Value Creation 2020
- Vreugdenhil Stakeholder Engagement and Materiality Analysis 2020
- Vreugdenhil Sustainability Management 2020
- Vreugdenhil Glossery 2019.pdf
- Vreugdenhil GRI 2019.pdf
- Vreugdenhil leaflet ENG 2019Online.pdf
- Vreugdenhil MVO Matrix ENG 2019V1.pdf
- Vreugdenhil Results 2019.pdf
- Vreugdenhil Stakeholder 2019.pdf
- Vreugdenhil Sustainability 2019.pdf
- Summary annual report 2018.pdf
- Glossary annual report 2018.pdf
- Results Objectives and value creation 2018.pdf
- Sustainability management 2018.pdf
- GRI table annual report 2018.pdf
- Stakeholder engagement and materiality analysis 2018.pdf