All of the business areas in Daka Denmark have safe, sustainable and productive management of natural resources as a focal point. For almost 100 years, Daka Denmark has been guarantor for safe handling, but also sustainable recycling and recycling of by-products from agriculture and the food industry.
The future must be based on sustainability
In 2021, Daka Denmark has published its first sustainability report. It is based on a life cycle analysis of all Daka Denmark's business areas. Analysis of Daka Denmark's total activities in 2019 resulted in a net saving of 277,000 tonnes of C02eq. This is possible, as Daka Denmark provides a service of utilizing raw materials which are described as waste and which cannot be used for anything else. For raw materials, received in the form of by-products from slaughterhouses, dead animals from agriculture and food waste from private households, restaurants, supermarkets and the food industry, the CO2 footprint is thus set at zero. This calculation method is defined in accordance with the ISO 14044 standard and the international LEAP cooperation, where the CO2 footprint for production animals is attributed to the meat industry.
To structure our different action fields, we use the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda, adopted by the United Nations in 2015, as orientation. The 17 goals with 169 targets are intended to serve as a guide for countries and companies around the world to create a sustainable and equitable world and to preserve natural resources in the long term.
Our responsibility and commitment to the health and safety of our people is expressed in one of our core Business Principles: “Health and safety is non-negotiable in everything we do.” As a company, SARIA is responsible for ensuring a safe working environment for our employees and partners, and we all work to achieve and improve this every day.
In recent years, a number of important developments have been initiated in this area. For example, a regular group safety meeting was established with safety experts from our different countries and business units to share experiences and good practices, learn from each other and jointly develop group safety standards. One example is the SARIA Fire Safety Guideline, developed by this Safety Group based on their group-wide technical expertise and broad operational experience. The guideline was adopted by the executive board as a common standard for fire protection that sets out minimum requirements and provides additional guidance for all locations.
Further, a regular monitoring of central H&S KPIs in the executive board meetings ensures the necessary focus on the topic of occupational health and safety.
In addition to the development of occupational safety concepts to protect employees, preventive health care is also very important for us. In many countries various offers are available to our employees, such as discounts for gyms, company bicycle leasing, personal accident insurance, and much more.
SARIA helps to improve the health and well-being of people, animals and plants by offering various products specifically designed for these applications (physical health). One example is our Bioiberica business unit: as the manufacturer of one in five doses of the anticoagulant drug heparin administered worldwide, Bioiberica is a key partner to the pharmaceutical industry. Compliance with the strict statutory requirements in this sector around quality, safety and traceability is facilitated by close collaboration with SARIA division Van Hessen, which supplies the necessary raw material. In addition to pesticides and active agents that support human health, Bioiberica contributes to the well-being and performance of pets and livestock by providing various dietary supplements and feed additives that are solely bio-based. A very different example is our SecAnim business, which contributes to healthy living by preventing disease through the hygienic collection of fallen animals in compliance with regulatory requirements.
High safety and hygiene standards enable the safe collection and processing of animal by-products and ensure the safety of our products. In this way, we protect our employees and other persons who come into contact with the company or its products from personal injury or health hazards. In addition, we offer our partners legal certainty by guaranteeing full compliance with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements for the collection and disposal of organic material.