207 Our core principles We apply our commercial vision to translate customer re quirements into business activities It is our goal to provide the best products to happy satisfied customers We set the highest standards for the safety quality and sustainability of our products as well as for the legal con formity of our business practices and align all of our sys tems structures and processes with these requirements Our business activities are built on the systematic promo tion and expansion of socially responsible organic farming methods We apply our values and principles throughout our entire value chain Which means we purchase our raw materials directly from the source worldwide and cultivate long term partnerships with our suppliers and customers Our pur chasing management system is based on the criteria of our corporate policy and is in line with prevailing international standards such as the EU organic regulations and the core labour standards of the International Labour Organization ILO We comply with applicable laws legal regulations self im posed requirements quality social accountability compli ance and environmental standards and the policies of or ganic farming associations We strive to set benchmarks that go beyond legal requirements and established norms As a company we are actively committed to Nature and people and to making a positive contribution the environ ment and society We think in terms of lifecycles We cut back on our use of resources and keep our negative envi ronmental impacts to a minimum In addition to our focus on organic farming we pay particular attention to energy efficiency the use of renewables the selection of green packaging and the minimisation of waste Applying our principles In order to apply our core principles we formulate clear policies responsibilities and processes We define stra tegic and operative objectives review them regularly and provide the resources needed to achieve them We record document assess and report on our activities and their impacts regularly comprehensively and trans parently To this end we collect the necessary data and in dicators We maintain a systematic ongoing improvement process conduct annual inspections have internal and external au dits in accordance with the management standards an chored in our integrated management system and com mit to continuously improving our performance Goals and actions are checked and updated each year in the course of a management assessment We systematically compile and evaluate the relevance and materiality of all aspects and impacts of our business activ ities process by process Here we are guided by the princi ple of materiality draw on external expertise and take our stakeholders perspectives into account We encourage our employees to act independently and with integrity and actively involve them in the develop ment and implementation of our systems We train apprentices and develop our staff helping them acquire qualifications through systematic training and con tinuing education programmes We maintain an ongoing dialogue with our stakeholders To the greatest extent possible we also shoulder responsi bility beyond our core business in our region our indus try and our supply chains We support projects that pro mote education for children and young people particular ly in regions where our cultivation partners are based as well as other initiatives in the areas of ecology health cul ture and the arts

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