27.6.2023 • Sustainability
Bielefeld, June 2023 – Dr. Oetker publishes its first international sustainability report: Under the title "Building a sustainable home", we bundle our goals, approaches and measures in terms of sustainability. The report thus maps our initial progress and challenges on the way to achieving the Dr. Oetker Sustainability Charter for the years 2019-2022 in accordance with the GRI standard. It also includes our current governance structure for sustainability and the company's social commitment.
Investing in sustainability is the only way forward for sustainable businesses
"How do we preserve our one earth for future generations?" is how Dr Albert Christmann, Chairman of the Dr Oetker Executive Board, takes a look into the future in the editorial. "We at Dr. Oetker have decided to take a big step forward with our Sustainability Charter. And so we will be investing massively in key areas in the near future - in innovations, in digitalization and in sustainability."
"The food industry bears a great responsibility - and has a great potential impact on positive change," adds Claudia Willvonseder, member of the Executive Board and responsible for sustainability. "We are already using our sphere of influence to bring more plant-based raw materials into recipes, to rely less on meat and to use raw materials that are produced in a sustainable way. For example, we have greatly expanded our range of vegan products. Our goals are to produce 35% less CO₂ by 2030 and to be completely climate-neutral by 2050. This requires many measures, which we are currently defining in concrete terms. Every step counts.“
Progress for consumers, the environment, society and employees
"Creating a Taste of Home" is the Dr. Oetker purpose and is regarded as a worldwide connecting element for consumers, employees, the environment and society alike. With our sustainability activities, we live the purpose responsibly in the dimensions "Our Food", "Our World" and "Our Company".
Our Food: Make conscious decisions for deliciously sustainable indulgence
We know that what we eat today significantly affects the future of our world, our lives and our health. Our mission is to offer plenty of delicious products that are better for people and the environment. We want to include less salt and sugar in our products and use sustainably sourced ingredients. We aim to be more transparent with our ingredients, packaging, and the nutritional values of our food. This in turn will help consumers make a more informed choice about sustainability.
Our World: for a healthy environment and a just society
For the preservation of our Earth: How can we repair past and present damage? What can we do better today and in the future to preserve our planet for future generations? We are actively committed to protecting the climate and want to use natural resources responsibly. For us, that means: Less CO₂ emissions, less waste, more sustainable raw materials and deforestation-free supply chains - that’s what we work towards every day. As a family-owned company, our focus is always on people, whether in our own production or in our supply chain.
Our Company: Diversity as opportunity
At Dr. Oetker, we focus on people. To be precise: the more than 14,800 people who work for us worldwide. These people are behind our success and help drive us towards a more sustainable future. We are aware of our responsibility towards every one of our employees. We’re committed to a corporate culture based on respectful interaction, a safe working environment and a diverse workforce. This is because we believe that a diverse, safe and appreciative environment leads us to more creativity, innovation and sustainability.
Social commitment: Because communities are close to our hearts
At Dr. Oetker, we believe in shaping the world of tomorrow - with everything we do today. That is why, for us, acting sustainably also means being committed to a more socially responsible society - and has been for over 130 years. Our company founder, Dr August Oetker, and his wife Caroline were already committed to charitable projects. We continue this commitment now and in the future. In 2022 alone, for example, we were involved with 18 regional companies for SOS Children's Villages. In addition, there are numerous activities of our DR. AUGUST OETKER STIFTUNG, as well as various national companies in their local environments, especially for passing on excess food to local initiatives.
Read more in our Dr. Oetker Sustainability Report.