HKScan works systematically to reduce its environmental impact and to increase its sustainable use of natural resources. The company is committed to continuous development of its operations. HKScan’s environmental impact is mainly local, but the company also has an impact on the global scale by contributing to the state of the planet, for example by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s operations also have indirect environmental effects, for example through meat production and the sourcing of services, products and commodities. Starting with its principle of “From Farm to Fork”, the company takes a responsible approach to the environment and sets environmental requirements for its suppliers as well.
At HKScan, we believe that following the principles of the circular economy makes it possible to develop food systems that use resources more efficiently than ever before. Our goal is, wherever possible, to keep the resources we have already used once in a cycle, and to create new business or improve the company’s profitability through cost savings. Examples include the recovery and recycling of energy and waste, water and other materials. Making use of the entire carcasses of animals and all their parts is also in line with the principle of the circular economy.
The focus areas of HKScan’s environmental work are energy efficiency, greenhouse gas reduction, water and wastewater management, material efficiency, and waste management, recycling and reuse. Environmental impacts are measured regularly, and measurable targets are set for developing operations. With respect to environmental indicators, targets are still being set at the level of the entire group. These will be set in 2018.
HKScan’s environmental work is driven by the company’s environmental policy (link in Finnish), and by the guideline on committing to reductions in energy use. With the exception of the Danish production facilities, all the company’s production facilities have an environmental management system in compliance with the ISO 14001 standard. In addition, all the production plants in Sweden have the ISO 50001 energy management certificate. Development of HKScan’s environmental work is the responsibility of the company’s EVP Operations. HKScan had no serious environmental legislation violations in 2017.
Read more about environmental impact of our production sites and achievements to mitigate them from our Fact Sheet.