Sustainability

Climate and environmental protection in the company

As an international company, we are well aware of our responsibility for the world around us and for future generations. Many years ago, Worlée committed itself to the guiding principles of sustainable development and responsible trade, priorities that have meanwhile become firmly established in the business.

Every day, large quantities of our products leave our warehouse buildings to be sent out throughout the entire world. Our production of these materials requires resources such as electricity and also generates CO2 emissions and waste. These are all unavoidable elements of our raw materials production processes. However, we can make every effort to examine our company with open eyes and ears, thoroughly scrutinizing our methods and processes.

Thinking in new ways, reconsidering, having the courage to question old, established patterns – in these ways we continue to improve our climate and environmental protection year after year.

 

Social Engagement

A finished product has a long path to follow before it departs our warehouse. Many people contribute their experience and hard work to this process. These are precisely the people who make our raw materials so valuable. Without them, we would not be where we are today. As a family company, it is important to us to make social issues a particular priority along with economic and ecological factors.

 

 

Within the company

Back pains, muscle strains or posture problems let us know that we do not always move in a way that is best for us, whether in the workplace or during leisure time. As such, it is important to establish measures to offset stress factors and in this way avoid long-term damage.

 

Worlée has developed an extensive prevention program for its employees in recent years that is finely tuned to meet individual needs. Along with offering subsidized fitness club memberships, we also give our staff the opportunity to take advantage of on-site massages and back health training courses.

Our yearly Health Day takes this one step further, when we offer numerous preventive measures ranging from eye tests to computer-assisted spine measurements to nutritional consultations.

But even beyond such health issues, we are also always attentive to our employees’ needs. Flexible work times and working hour models as well as a private supplemental health insurance plan for longtime employees are just a few examples of our efforts in this direction.

Outside the company

Many of our natural raw materials require particular climatic conditions and are cultivated in different countries throughout the world. In order to support local ecological farming while guaranteeing a consistently high product quality, we had already focused our attention on sustainability long before the topic began to receive significant media attention. As such, our company was one of the first to place an emphasis on exclusive partnerships in countries of origin.

Especially in the area of natural products, harvests often take place abroad, as many of the exotic spices and fruits in our product range require specific climatic conditions. Since we can only occasionally be present at these locations, we use great care in selecting our suppliers and closely scrutinize working conditions and remuneration. With projects in India, Egypt, Madagascar, Burkina Faso and Sri Lanka, Worlée has supported farmers in different countries for some time now. Often, the funds are used for social and educational services. In this way, in the small Sri Lankan town of Dedigama, schoolchildren received new books and uniforms and water pumps were purchased, while a newly built medical camp now provides access to free medicine.

Further, since 2009, our natural products division has belonged to Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), an organization of companies that have committed themselves to the improvement of ethical business conduct. Here, by means of a web-based database, members disclose information about their onsite working practices. In this way, we offer the greatest possible level of transparency. Naturally, we expect the same from our suppliers in turn.

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