CSR Annual Report 2021

How Deli Home works on a sustainable future

In 2021, Deli Home worked very hard to achieve its CSR objectives for 2025. Cooperation and continuous learning and improvement are an integral part of this process. To realise our objectives, it is important for us to be aware of our social impact throughout the whole supply chain – via our suppliers, our factories, and our customers. And we must act accordingly. Our annual CSR report 2021 offers a complete statistical insight into our achievements in 2021 when it comes to CO2 reduction, using and selling FSC and PEFC wood, and implementing more sustainable packaging materials and technologies.

Our CSR objectives for 2025 (compared to 2020)

  • Reduce our CO2 footprint by 15%
  • 100% acquisition and sale of sustainable wood with FSC or PEFC certification
  • 10% reduction in packaging materials for transport within the supply chain
  • 10% reduction in waste (based on weight)
  • Focus on well-being of employees, with the aim of reducing absenteeism to below 3%
  • 0 accidents that result in absenteeism

From Dutch to European CSR policy

2021 was the year that marked the start of our CSR policy. While we had previously concentrated on activities in the Netherlands, our CSR report 2021 highlighted the status of all our divisions in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Hungary and France. These insights will be crucial when meeting our overarching CSR objectives 2025 and looking to the future beyond 2025.

2021 in figures: increase in local wood and more efficient transport

83% of our wood came from Europe in 2021. 92% of this was FSC or PEFC certified. Our CO2 footprint amounted to 38,319 tonnes of CO2, of which 80% originated from our supply chain (both incoming and outgoing), 8% directly from our activities and 12% from energy consumption when performing our activities.

When the figures for 2021 are examined in detail, they show a significant reduction in our CO2 footprint by increasing local wood production and transporting our materials more efficiently. For example, a conscious decision was made to transport our materials from the port of Rotterdam to Gorinchem by river. Nonetheless, a lot of gains are still possible in the supply, in terms of incoming and outgoing transport. In addition, we are analysing how green energy can be acquired and how energy consumption can be reduced at each of our sites.

Local working groups

Our local CSR working groups are helping us to further specify our CSR objectives. A CSR working group has been set up for each domestic and international division, and is responsible for identifying further improvements at local level. An important area of focus for these working groups involves reducing, sorting and re-using packaging materials and waste flows. However, they must also pay attention to more efficient and sustainable local energy consumption.

Outlook after 2025

Besides further reducing our CO2 footprint, our main challenge for the future will be to involve and engage our whole organisation in our CSR policy. In fact, the ideas of our employees will be extremely valuable if we want to meet our CSR objectives for 2025 and beyond.

A good example of this comes from our office in Gorinchem. In this case, we have been able to save 15,000 separating strips each year by taking them from the packaging materials of our suppliers and reusing them for our own consignments. By combing large and small initiatives, we will be able to gradually become more effective in complying with the Glasgow Climate Pact, which requires a CO2 reduction of 55% by 2030.