Corporate Social Responsibility
(CSR) in the food industry
The increasing liberalization of global trade presents companies in the food industry with new challenges. They have a responsibility to identify and eliminate health hazards from food at an early stage in order to comply with legal requirements and enable their clients to enjoy food safely. They must be able to rely globally on the quality of their goods, as well as on the production facilities and, last but not least, the suppliers.
But the responsibility does not stop there. Topics such as environmental protection and fair conditions in cultivation and trade are increasingly becoming the focus of general attention. In the end, it is no longer “just” a matter of ensuring the health of consumers. It also means anchoring sustainability and social responsibility in corporate strategy.
A side note: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
CSR is a self-regulating business model that helps a company to be socially responsible – to itself, its stakeholders and the public.
Because CSR is a broad term, it can take many forms depending on the company and the industry. In order to identify the right measures for one’s own company, it is not uncommon for an independent CSR consultancy to be called in for this reason.
Synergies between food safety & CSR
So today’s clients are no longer only interested in ecological issues. Social justice, fair working conditions and sustainability also influence purchasing decisions. And so it seems only logical to add human rights due diligence to food safety efforts.
But why does it make sense to consider food safety and sustainability together?
One of the most important reasons is cost and time efficiency: Instead of conducting separate audits to highlight individual aspects of the supply chain, a holistic service mix consisting of, for example, sampling, site verification and social audit can paint an all-round picture.
By integrating sustainability into risk assessment, companies can streamline the purchasing and quality process while creating more awareness of the various issues, thus building a reliable supply chain.
Synergies between nuTIQ and ETIKA
One of nuTIQ’s main goals is to offer food companies a 360° service. The idea is that companies get an experienced contact person who brings together all relevant topics to holistically meet the requirements of the food industry.
For this reason, nuTIQ is always looking to expand its network of experts and has recently partnered with ETIKA to include CSR consulting in the future.
The partnership between ETIKA and nuTIQ creates the necessary pool of expertise and the multi-disciplinary approach required to successfully manage both food safety and corporate social and environmental responsibilities.