Large and small – an overview of our projects:
The project STRASUS “Strategic Sustainability for Logistics”
STRASUS supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the logistics sector in the border region Rhein-Maas-Nord (Rhine-Meuse-North) and Rhein-Waal (Rhine-Waal). The support includes workshops and business simulation games in which individual sustainability strategies are systematically developed, created and implemented.
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are also increasingly becoming a fundamental economic factor for SMEs. With this in mind, the project develops holistic concepts that make it possible to meet the growing need for CSR training while taking the lack of time and resources in the logistics industry into consideration.
STRASUS is carried out as part of the INTERREG programme “Deutschland-Nederland” and is co-financed (just over 1 million euros) by the European Union, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the MWIDE NRW and the Provincie Gelderland.
For more information, please see: https://strasus.eu/
We’re supporting one another:
Valensina contributes its know-how as a manufacturing company in the fruit juice industry to the project and, in return, receives help from the project partner GEMIT (Institute for Business Process Management and IT at Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences) with the development of a bespoke sustainability strategy.
Together for a sustainable fruit juice sector
Juice CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Platform
Since 2015, we have been a member of the Juice CSR Platform, a sustainability initiative co-initiated by the European Fruit Juice Association (AIJN), which was created specifically for the fruit juice industry. The aim of this initiative is to inspire and support all participating companies and organisations in the industry to integrate their social responsibility into their business activities and their core strategy.
Thanks to global networking within the sector, we can master the challenges together. More specifically:
– Promoting a common understanding of CSR
– Overcoming social, ecological and economic problems together
– Giving priority to CSR and sustainability aspects
Like our suppliers, we strictly adhere to the Code of Business Conduct issued by the AIJN, which ensures that the internationally applicable minimum standards for human rights, work and the environment are not only observed, but also promoted and further improved throughout the value chain.
Gradually towards sustainable packaging
Since May 2019, we have been using bottles made of 50 % rPET for all our juices in the refrigerated segment produced at our Mönchengladbach plant.
rPET is a material made of already used drinks bottles that have been cleaned and processed into flakes. The flakes are again thoroughly cleaned in a water-saving system and then further processed into granules. The result is a food-grade recyclate – the base material for the production of new drinks bottles.
At our Vechta plant, we have already converted some of the preforms we use to also contain 50 % rPET.
We are in constant dialogue with our customers and suppliers regarding a more sustainable production and design of our packaging materials, always bearing optimum product protection and transport safety in mind.
Germany is buzzing – and Valensina is, too!
Bees are indispensable to the world’s ecosystem. No life without bees!
That is why, since 2014, we have been an official partner of the initiative “Deutschland summt!” to raise awareness for the all-important bees. The bees’ habitat is getting smaller and smaller – which is why we need to act now.
We’re trying to set a good example:
We support the distribution of the so-called “Bienenkoffer” – a box full of bee-related information material and child-oriented activities – at kindergartens and elementary schools to raise awareness among children for the busy buzzers. And we have made the premises of our company headquarters in Mönchengladbach a haven for our stripy friends: we have planted bee-friendly plants, planted apple trees, set up a wild bee hotel, and 10 honeybee colonies have found a new home in our beehives – surrounded by a wonderful wild flower and herb garden.
For more information and an interesting interview with Olaf Jark, Marketing Manager, click here: https://www.beebetter.de/beebetter-unterstuetzer and www.deutschland-summt.de
Our own biogas plant
At our Mönchengladbach location, we operate a biogas plant together with the company Remondis. Using active microorganisms, we metabolise the biomass from our wastewater and turn it into biogas.
We use the biogas in one of our steam boilers. We produce hot water with the steam and use it e.g. to sterilise the filling plants, pasteurisers etc.
We produce approx. 174,000 m3 biogas a year, which is enough to run our heating system all year round.
Our wells in Vechta
At the our Vechta site, the water supply is ensured by 3 deep wells (43 meters deep) – we are entitled to extract 800,000 m³ per year.
To monitor the level of the valuable groundwater, our employees regularly check the current status at 12 pilot wells around the premises. In collaboration with an external geo-laboratory, an end-of-year report is then compiled from the various parameters.
The well water is first treated in a sophisticated filtration process using gravel filters. We then let it pass through 3 reverse osmosis systems before using the high-quality water for our products. The water used to cool our production processes is reused sustainably in internal cleaning processes. Our water is subject to strict monitoring by our laboratory.
Our wastewater disposal
Our plant in Vechta has its own sewage treatment plant for cleaning the production wastewater. The plant has a capacity of 15,000 residential units, which roughly corresponds to a municipal sewage treatment plant in a small town. The cleaning process is purely biological. The sewage treatment plant has been carefully integrated into the natural environment of the surrounding landscape and here, too, the most important parameters are checked and monitored by our data collection system.
We are also a member of the DWA association, a politically and economically independent association that works for safe and sustainable water and waste management. It drafts technical standards, contributes to standardisation efforts, supports research and promotes training and further education on the subject in companies.
Our energy and environmental management
Our 3 locations have been certified in accordance with the energy management system DIN ISO 50001 (Vechta and Mönchengladbach since 2014, Erding since 2016) and meet the ever-changing challenges in annual audits. A team of approx. 10 employees is committed to achieving our strategically formulated energy goals and is constantly working on new projects to increase energy efficiency in the company.
Our employees learn about responsible use of energy, resources and the environment in annual training courses conducted by an energy management officer. In addition, a comprehensive monitoring system records relevant key figures from all three locations in order to facilitate benchmarking.