CSR - Global social responsibility
2012 HF joined the UN global Compact. The UN global Compact is a voluntary strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.
HF commit to make the ten principles an integral part of our business strategy and day-to-day operations and to issue an annual report on the progress made implementing the ten principles:
By doing so, business, as a primary driver of globalization, can help ensure that markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere.
CSR is equally important in our warehouse facilities
At Hans Følsgaard A/S the respect for the environmental issues and the human resources begins within the company. Our warehouse facilities are designed and organized in consideration of our employees as well as the environment. We have focus on creating the best possible working environment and constantly strive to find ways to reduce CO2-emission.
HF’s local warehouse is 3500m2 (some 35.000 sq. ft.) and employs 12 men and is located only 100 meters (300ft.) from our Danish headquarter. The warehouse annually ships more than 23,000 and receiving some 9,000 parcels and pallets from more than 20 countries.
Daylights is the preferred lighting in the warehouse using glass domes as far as this at all practical – both in consideration of our employees as well as the environment. Artificial lighting comes from highly energy efficient fluorescent lamps (argon).
To minimise draught there’s only one gate for transportation of goods in and out of the warehouse. Heating is by natural gas, and only areas regularly used by the employees are heated to optimise the energy consumption. For the same reason temperature sensors are used to control the heating. Fork lifts, trucks and stackers are all electrically operated.
All the packaging is reusable and made from biodegradable materials, and our suppliers reuse some 20 percent of the packaging material without the use of further processing. The packaging material is typicalle reusable cardboard without any kind for printing. Filling is either shredded paper material or biodegradable air bags. Any printed logos are made from water-soluble ink, and packaging tape is made from fibres rather than oil-based plastics.
All waste materials are sorted into paper, cardboard, metal, electronics, wood and combustibles.
Plastic pollution – HF takes action on plastic
Plastic pollution is one of the most important environmental problems that we face today. We have changed the packaging of our products for the container industry – now using no single plastic bags but cardboard boxes only. Considering that Hans Følsgaard A/S is shipping full containers of this particular type of product, this adds up to a vast amount of plastics being substituted be the environmentally friendly cardboard.
No single plastic bags, less cardboard boxes and package optimization.