One month short of its official 145th anniversary, global bioscience company Chr. Hansen is ranked the most sustainable company in the world by Corporate Knights, a specialized Toronto-based media and investment research firm.
This was announced during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 22, 2019, upon the release of Corporate Knights’ 15th annual Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World ranking. More than 7,500 companies have been analysed against global industry peers on a number of quantitative key performance indicators. Chr. Hansen scored 100% on the ‘clean revenue’ indicator, reflecting that the company’s products have clear environmental and certain social benefits, as stated in Corporate Knights’ definition.
The power of good bacteria
“We are extremely proud and humble to receive this amazing honour. I believe that one of the reasons why Chr. Hansen has been ranked as #1 is because the world is beginning to understand the power of good bacteria and the impact it can have on some of the major challenges the world is facing, such as food waste, antibiotic overuse and the need for a more sustainable agricultural sector to feed a growing world population while preserving our planet for future generations,” says CEO Mauricio Graber.
Sustainability – an integral part of the business
Today sustainability remains at the core of Chr. Hansen, reflected by the name of the corporate strategy 2022: ‘Nature’s No. 1 – Sustainably’. The strategy focuses on developing natural solutions for the global food, health and agricultural industries in a sustainable manner. The UN Global Goals are used as a framework to link the impact of the corporate strategy to sustainable development, and the performance is measured and reported on an annual basis.
Did you know that?
- Hansen first published its sustainability commitment in 1949.
- Good bacteria can reduce food waste by making fresh products last longer – naturally.
- Good bacteria are as efficient as pesticides for a number of crops when it comes to protecting them.
- Good bacteria added to feed ensure animal welfare and may reduce the use of antibiotics in the food chain.
- Probiotic means ‘for life’. Studies show that probiotics may have beneficial effects on gastrointestinal and immune function for people.
You probably had a bite of Chr. Hansen this morning. We’re in every second cheese and yoghurt in the world!