Sustainability

At Fuji Oil Europe sustainability is at the heart of our business. Embedded in our social and environmental responsibility, our mission is to develop and produce sustainable plant-based food ingredients.

The Basic Concept

Sustainable development is commonly linked to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as defined by the United Nations.

In 2015, the SDGs have been unanimously adopted by the 193 UN member states at the Sustainable Development Summit.

Fuji Oil Holdings Inc. has linked these SDGs to 6 themes including Sustainable Procurement and Environment. For more details please visit the Fuji Oil Holdings website.

Sustainable procurement

To fulfill our responsibilities and commitments, the procurement of high-quality and safe raw materials in a sustainable manner is of vital importance.

We promote environmentally, socially and economically sustainable procurement as we continue to develop our business together with society in a responsible manner.

Our focus is on renewable and sustainable palm (kernel) oil, shea and cocoa.

Palm (kernel) Oil

Palm (kernel) oil is generally used in a wide range of applications from food to non- food. Palm (kernel) oil has the highest oil yield per acre among the vegetable oils. As the scale of the market continues to expand, there are concerns about the environmental impact and human rights.

Shea Butter & Stearin

Since 2013, Fuji Oil Europe has been vertically integrated into the shea business by the acquisition of International Oils & Fats (IOF) in Ghana. IOF is specialized in the fractionation of shea butter.

Cocoa

Fuji Oil Europe has expanded the purchase of traceable cacao beans to promote the establishment of a sustainable cacao production and consumption system.

Eco-friendly processing

Environmental Policy

Fuji Oil Europe applies an extensive environmental policy focusing on the following pillars:

  • Continuously investing in the best available technologies (BAT), equipment and infrastructure with a  particular focus on minimizing environmental impact (soil, air and water) and the prevention of pollution.
  • Efficient use of renewable raw materials and other resources.
  • A focus on  increasing the energy efficiency of production processes and use of renewable energy.
  • Reduction of the water consumption and  the optimization of the water management in the different processes, including the reuse of processed waste water.
  • Constant attempts to reduce solid waste and the optimization of the application of these waste streams.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of environmental performance as the basis for further improvement.

Environment

Energy and emissions Management: Reduction of direct CO2 emissions as a result of  energy-saving efforts by reducing  natural gas consumption.

Water Management: Reduced use of cooling water  as a result of our energy saving program. Production of our own city water. Use of a high performance aerobic waste water treatment system and the re use of effluent waste water as cooling water.

Waste management: Recycling where possible (metals, cardboard & paper, plastic…). Main waste streams (>98%) used as biomass for green energy.

Best Available Technologies (BAT)

All processes are operated according to BREF FDM 2006 - Reference document on Best Available Techniques in the Food, Drink and Milk industries.

Deodorizers: Application of ice condensing as BAT.

Storage tanks: Stainless steel tanks, warm water heating with energy recovery, stirrer and nitrogen blanketing.

Heat recovery: Heat that is recovered from production is used to heat the automatic warehouse with the packaging line.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Platforms

SEDEX

Sedex is used to manage our performance on labour rights, health & safety, the environment and business ethics. 

We are  a member since 2010 and carry out regular updates of our self-assessments and inspection audits.

ECOVADIS

EcoVadis operates a collaborative platform providing sustainability ratings for global supply chains. 

We are a member since 2016. Silver medal achieved for the assessment in both 2016 and 2017.