Corporate responsibility at HKScan

Consumers’ food choices are increasingly being influenced by factors such as the origin of meat and responsible production practices. A key issue that has emerged recently in public debate – in addition to animal welfare – is the climate impact of meat production. In all these areas, the Nordic countries are frontrunners thanks to our northern location, as well as our soil and natural conditions, which are ideal for growing grain and grass for animal feed. Our other strengths in food production include high standards of hygiene, healthy animals, efficient production, and plentiful clean water resources.

HKScan’s corporate responsibility work is divided into four sub-areas: economic responsibility, social responsibility, animal health and welfare and environmental responsibility. Our corporate responsibility programme is divided up accordingly. The goals and actions defined in our corporate responsibility programme are embedded as an integral part of our daily work and leadership.

Economic responsibility: At HKScan, economic responsibility means that we strive to maintain the profitability of our business both on the short and the long term. This extends to our impact on our stakeholders: we for instance ensure that we pay wages to our personnel, pay dividends to our shareholders, and pay taxes to the government. 

Social responsibility covers issues such as the quality and safety of our products, the health and wellbeing of our employees, and a responsibly run supply chain.

Animal health and welfare are a key priority to HKScan throughout its entire value chain. We work to continuously improve our performance in this area. Last year we structurally upgraded our slaughter houses and provided personnel with follow-up training in animal handling.

Environmental responsibility: HKScan is committed to continually striving to mitigate the environmental impacts of its production processes, both in the immediate vicinity of its plants and throughout the entire value chain, whether affecting the air, soil or water. HKScan additionally seeks to promote environmental awareness among its employees through good leadership. 

The current corporate responsibility programme and its priorities are based on an extensive stakeholder survey conducted in 2014. 

HKScan will publish its first corporate responsibility report in compliance with Global Reporting Initiative SRS standards from the reporting year 2017. During 2016 HKScan undertook preparations to initiate GRI reporting.