5As you will read there have been quite a number of changes since we published our last report For example we purchased a new coffee roaster in 2013 which consumes 28 percent less energy than the old one We have also adapted our processes to meet the demands of our fast growing company In 2015 we successfully introduced the EMAS and ISO 14001 environmental management systems to Niehoffs Kaf feerösterei which joined our corporate group in 2011 In the same vein we updated our company policies and extended them to the whole group for consistency New standards in sustainability We installed new inventory control software systems and management systems in 2014 and 2015 This highly complex undertaking took longer than planned But having allowed ourselves the extra time needed the changeover from old to new was virtually seamless We were honoured with the German CSR Award in 2014 and the German Sustainability Award in 2015 The jury explained Lebensbaum has been setting new standards in sustainability in the food industry for decades Organic produce has become mainstream We want more As a pioneer ing company we feel impelled to go further and explore what else can be improved upon In doing so there will be no let up in the medium and long term challenges posed by factors such as the EU Eco regula tion revision ever more complex pollutant analysis and the increasing sustainability risks facing the agricultural sector Kind regards Ulrich Walter Chairman of the Management Board

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