Viscofan Group is the world leader in the production and processing of rags for the food industry used worldwide for various types of meat product or food.
For more than 5 years Viscofan has formally introduced the principles of CSR, which has been implemented over the last few years through corporate regulations and standards into all corporate governance structures with overlapping to a local level. This set the basic rules and principles that all corporations must follow.
In practice, this initially meant, to a large extent, an administrative burden. Some rules were new, until then sometimes taken for granted or their importance was not understood in context. Everything new wants its time.
CSR has touched upon all areas, activities and employees. For example, a code of conduct both inside and outside the company, trade rules and elimination of corruption, product safety, protection of employees' rights, environmental protection, transparency in financial flows.
At the plant in České Budějovice, I would mention one of the last activities that falls within the CSR system and that is the achievement of integrated certification according to ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14.001 (environmental protection and ISO 18.001) environment) to which we have met the corporate goal that all plants in the Viscofan Group will have established and certified a management system that we will continually maintain and improve our products and activities while eliminating negative environmental impacts.
Financial resources not specified. Importance of the involvement of company human resources.
Evidence of success
In conclusion, the establishment of the Corporate Responsibility system has led to greater transparency and increased governance to meet company commitments to all stakeholders.
A large extent of an administrative burden. Some rules were new, until then sometimes taken for granted or their importance was not understood in context.
Potential for learning or transfer
Experience with CSR principles application in any comparatively large, international company.