Sustainability has long been an important aspect of corporate governance at the Hamburg-based ingredients specialist Bösch Boden Spies – for example in its selection of suppliers. Now, the company intends to systematise and further expand its efforts. To this end, the raw materials expert has launched an in-house sustainability initiative. Its cornerstones are the membership in the ZNU (Centre for Sustainable Management) of the University of Witten-Herdecke/Germany, and the appointment of Dorota Kollien (32), Director Quality Management, as Sustainability Officer. Approximately 60 companies of the German food industry are members of the ZNU sustainability network. Bösch Boden Spies joined the network in May 2018.
The Hamburg company already obtained an initial overview of its status quo in matters of sustainability in April by performing the “ZNU Sustainability Check” at company level. It evaluates existing activities and highlights potential for improvement and possible courses of action. Based on these findings, all business processes across the entire value chain will now be reviewed in detail in the months ahead, and optimised and systematised with a view to a more sustainable business management. The aim is to identify areas with optimisation potential and to stimulate a continuous improvement process there, also in dialog with customers, suppliers and service providers. As a trading agency, Bösch Boden Spies wishes to take responsibility and contribute to a more sustainable handling of social, economic and ecological issues.