Sustainability Report 2019

Sustainability Report 2019
Sustainability Report
Sustainability Report 2019
We stand for sustainable services

          92 % of all plant raw          50 % of own slaughtering
          materials came from            in 2019 carried animal
          Europe in 2019.                welfare labels (incl. organic).

          98 % of all animal raw         97 % of fish and seafood
          materials came from            came from sustainable
          Europe in 2019.                sources in 2019.

          In 2019, energy procure-       In 2019, greenhouse gas
          ment was 9 % lower than        emissions decreased by 10 %
          in the previous year.          on the previous year.

          56 % of the energy             86 % of waste was
          procured (electricity, heat,   recycled in 2019.
          fuel) in 2019 came from
          renewable sources.

          In 2019, water withdrawal      In 2019, 100 % of production
          was 5 % lower than in the      volume came from companies
          previous year.                 certified to the Global Food Safety
                                         Initiative (GFSI).
Sustainability Report 2019

 2 Preface

 4 Who we are and what we do

 6 S ustainability strategy and

 8 Sustainability strategy and management
10 Material topics
11 Our stakeholders

12 Products and procurement

14 	Sustainable procurement of vegetable products
16 Sustainable procurement of animal products
     and animal welfare

20 Environment and resources

22 Climate
24 Food loss and resource efficiency
26 Water

28 Employees and society

30   Employment conditions
32   Occupational health and safety
34   Food safety
36   Responsible market player and social

38 Key indicators

39 Products and procurement
41 Environment and resources
45 Employees and society

48 GRI

54 Contacts

                                                     Up-to-date information about Bell Food Group Ltd can
                                                     be found on the internet at
                                                     Details about our sustainability engagement can be found

Sustainability Report 2019
Sustainability Report of the Bell Food Group 2019


                                                    We accept our
                                                    responsibility for society
                                                    and the environment.
                                                    Lorenz Wyss
                                                    Chairman of the Group Executive Board

Sustainability Report 2019
Dear Readers

The past few months have made it abundantly clear to all of us: the global challenges facing us
can only be overcome if we all work together and if each and every one of us makes a contribu-
tion to society rather than focusing on our own well-being.

We accept our responsibility for society and the environment. This is why we are committed to
sustainability: as a fair employer for our employees and as a responsible economic actor aiming
for healthy corporate development. With regard to the environment, we focus on using our
resources efficiently, reducing our waste and deploying state-of-the-art technologies to protect
the climate. We also have a special responsibility in the sense that our actions, our decisions
and our corporate values have a direct or indirect impact on many parties involved in the value
chain, such as suppliers, trading partners, customers, producers and farmers.

As one of our three corporate missions, sustainability – in addition to quality and taste – plays
a key role in our corporate conduct, through which we want to differentiate ourselves from our
competitors and serve as an example for our sector. Our sustainability strategy defines the basic
values that apply to the whole Bell Food Group. It is based on three pillars: “products and pro-
curement”, “environment and resources” and “employees and society”.

We are aware of the current relevance and strong focus of politicians and the media on certain
sustainability topics along our value chain. Many consumers have become very aware of issues
relating to responsible consumption and a sustainable lifestyle. Animal welfare, the use of
antibiotics, food safety and hygiene, a company’s carbon footprint, climate protection – as one
of the largest meat and convenience producers in Europe, we believe it is not only essential but
also a matter of principle for us to engage with these topics. We invest in know-how and
resources that will allow us to continuously improve, such as the effective sustainability manage-
ment system that we are currently implementing for all corporate units. We will also implement
the e3m energy management system across the Group by 2024.

Transparency in the area of sustainability is a central and important element in ensuring that we
as a company remain credible and accountable. We are proud to have laid the foundation for
detailed and transparent reporting in compliance with the standards of the Global Reporting
Initiative (GRI) with this first Sustainability Report 2019.

Lorenz Wyss
Chairman of the Group Executive Board

Who we are
                                        The Bell Food Group is one of the leading producers of meat and convenience
                                        products in Europe, and it is the market leader in Switzerland. The roots of this
                                        company steeped in tradition stretch back to 1869, when Samuel Bell opened his
and what we do                          first butcher’s shop in the inner city of Basel.

                                        Today, the product range includes fresh meat, poultry, charcuterie and seafood
                                        as well as ultra-fresh, fresh and non-perishable convenience products such as
                                        salads, sandwiches, pasta, sauces and dressings, and spices. With the strategic brands
                                        Bell, Eisberg, Hilcona and Hügli, the Group meets a diversity of customer needs.
                                        More than 12,000 employees in 15 countries work hard every day to prepare top-
                                        quality products that give great pleasure to millions of consumers.

                                        The following diagram is a simplified presentation of the Bell Food Group’s value
                                        chain, from the procurement of the raw materials to the end consumer.

     Procurement of raw materials       Logistics                                          Production

     Agriculture                        Distribution, delivery                             Processing, production
                                                                                           Slaughtering, cutting

     Sales volume                                                                          Finance and workforce
     2019, in million kg                                                                   2019

     Fresh meat                     Charcuterie                                            Sales revenue in CHF billion

     55.0                           107.4                                                  4.1

     Poultry                        Fish and seafood                                       EBIT (adjusted) in CHF million

     162.1                          7.6                                                    131

     Convenience                    Total                                                  Workforce

     200.5                          532.7                                                  Number of employees (FTEs)


Logistics                                             Consumption and trade

Distribution, delivery                                End consumer

Business areas

Bell Switzerland               Bell International     Convenience

Sales revenue in CHF billion   Sales in CHF billion   Sales in CHF billion

2.0                            1.0                    1.1
Locations                      Locations              Locations

13                             25                     27
Employees                      Employees              Employees

3,400                          3,800                  5,000
Product ranges                 Product ranges         Product ranges
Fresh meat, poultry,           Poultry, charcuterie   Ultra-fresh, fresh
charcuterie, seafood                                  and non-perishable
                                                      convenience products

Sustainability Report of the Bell Food Group 2019

Sustainability strategy
and management

                              The Bell Food Group’s sustainability strategy provides the
                              basis for our commitment to sustainability. Sustainability
                              is not only of strategic importance for the Bell Food Group
                              but also essential at the operational level. The Head of
                              Sustainability reports directly to the CEO of the Bell Food
                              Group. This underlines the priority given to this topic:
                              at the Bell Food Group, sustainability is a matter for

                              It is the declared objective of the Bell Food Group to
                              constantly expand its sustainability engagement. Along
                              the entire value chain. Everywhere that we can make a
                              contribution to further development. As an international
                              company, we want to accept our responsibility towards
                              all our stakeholders, the environment and society.

2   Preface
 4   Who we are and what we do
 6   Sustainability strategy and management
12   Products and procurement
20   Environment and resources
28   Employees and society
38   Key indicators
48   GRI

The sustainability strategy
defines our directions of action,
focal topics and objectives.
Christoph Schatzmann
Head of Sustainability & Quality Management

You’ve been Head of Sustainability & Quality      Does sustainability also play a role in your      What are the sustainability objectives of the
Management at the Bell Food Group for             private life? What do you personally do to        Bell Food Group?
several years. What is the importance of          make your everyday life more environmen­
sustainability in your position with the Bell     tally compatible?                                 A topic very close to my heart is the efficient
Food Group, and where does your motiva­                                                             use of our resources. Here we still have much
tion lie?                                         Yes, certainly. If you work with sustainability   potential, in particular in the area of energy. We
                                                  every day, you become very aware of the rele-     therefore produce the energy that we need
Sustainability is one of the Bell Food Group’s    vant topics. And you take care to act in a man-   ourselves, whenever possible. The best exam-
three corporate missions. It stands for sus-      ner that is friendly to the environment in your   ple of this is our PASplus poultry fattening
tainable performance throughout our produc-       personal life. For example, I recently checked    plant. The electricity is generated by solar pan-
tion value chain. Our sustainability strategy     our household’s energy consumption with the       els on the roof, and the heat needed for the
adopted by the Board of Directors defines our     help of a checklist supplied by our energy pro-   chicks is generated via a sophisticated heat
directions of action, focal topics and objec-     vider. The results showed us where we can still   recovery and heat pump system. We success-
tives. With the implementation of the sustain-    save on power and energy, and we now want         fully use waste heat to create an additional
ability strategy, all of us together are making   to exploit this potential, of course.             space – a cosy winter garden for the animals –
an important contribution towards fulfilling                                                        that can be used throughout the year.
our vision – “Together to the top” – and that’s
great motivation for me.                          Looking ahead, why are you confident that         In our facilities we also use high-pressure heat
                                                  the sustainability strategy can be imple­         pumps whenever we can, as this allows us to
                                                  mented?                                           use the waste heat generated by our cooling
                                                                                                    units ourselves or make it available to third par-
                                                  First of all, I would like to say that we’re on   ties. We will implement an exemplary project
                                                  course overall in the implementation of our       this year at our poultry abattoir in Zell: we want
                                                  sustainability strategy and the achievement of    to use waste heat to cover the heat consump-
                                                  the defined objectives. I’m personally very       tion of the entire facility and to also provide
                                                  happy about this. It shows that people at all     district heat to the municipal school buildings.
                                                  levels of all companies of the Bell Food Group    We stand for sustainable services and will con-
                                                  are working with commitment and passion to        tinue to work with great innovative power and
                                                  ensure that we achieve our common objec-          entrepreneurial acumen to ensure sustainable
                                                  tives. This gives me great confidence about       production throughout the whole value chain.
                                                  meeting future challenges.

Sustainability Report of the Bell Food Group 2019

     Sustainability strategy
     and management

     GRI Standard                                            Sustainability strategy                             The sustainability strategy uses three pillars
                                                                                                                 to classify the Bell Food Group’s responsibili-
           RI 102-16                                        The first sustainability strategy adopted by the    ties:
                                                             Bell Food Group came into force in 2013. It was
                                                             revised in 2016 and has applied to every busi-      1 “Products and procurement”
                                                             ness area of the Bell Food Group since 2017.        	The Bell Food Group is committed to manu-
                                                                                                                   facturing ecological, animal-friendly and
                                                             The sustainability strategy covers all the rele-      socially responsible plant and animal
                                                             vant fields of action and topics as well as the       products. The focus falls on the underlying
                                                             organisational framework conditions for im-           production conditions, and for animal
                                                             plementation and control. The business areas,         products specifically on the welfare of the
                                                             divisions and locations work under very diverse       animals.
                                                             conditions in markets with different require-
                                                             ments. It is therefore all the more important       2 “Environment and resources”
                                                             that all corporate units pursue the same stra-         The Bell Food Group respects the environ-
                                                             tegic objectives, even if the specific objectives       ment and handles resources carefully.
                                                             are adjusted to the different framework condi-          Here, water and energy resources and the
                                                             tions.                                                  related emissions take centre stage. As a
                                                                                                                     production company, the Bell Food Group
                                                                                                                     attaches prime importance to resource
                                                                                                                     efficiency and the avoidance of waste and

                                                                                                                 3 “Employees and society”
                                                                                                                    The Bell Food Group wants to be an attrac-
                                                                                                                     tive employer and responsible market
                                                                                                                     player, and it supports its employees and
                                                                                                                     society. The Bell Food Group primarily
                                                            Animal/plant                                             wants to achieve these objectives through

                                                            raw materials                                            its engagement in vocational training, em-
                                                                                                                     ployment conditions and personnel devel-
                                      Products and                                                                   opment.
                                      procurement           Operating materials
                                                                                                                 Since the entry into force of the most recent
                                                            Packaging                                            version of the sustainability strategy in 2017,
                                                                                                                 the Bell Food Group has seen huge organisa-
                                                                                                                 tional change resulting from, among other
                                                                                                                 things, acquisitions, sales and the restructur-
                                                     We stand for                                                ing of business areas. The sustainability strat-
                                                     sustainable                                                 egy therefore needs to be revised. The objec-
                                                       services                                                  tives also have to be adjusted to new scientific
                                                                                                                 findings. The revision of the sustainability
                                                                                    Employees                    strategy will start in 2021.

                                                              Employees             Social
         and resources            Resource                    and society           engagement


Wir stehen für                         1                                     2                                      3
2   Preface
 4   Who we are and what we do
 6   Sustainability strategy and management
12   Products and procurement
20   Environment and resources
28   Employees and society
38   Key indicators
48   GRI

GRI Standard                                   Sustainability organisation                        Board of Directors every year. The report cov-
                                                                                                  ers both the key indicators and a qualitative
      RI 102-43                               The Board of Directors is the supreme decision-    description of the status of objective achieve-
                                               making body. It adopts the sustainability strat-   ment.
                                               egy. Together with the business area and divi-
                                               sion management teams, the Group Executive         Monitoring across all areas is part of the inter-
                                               Board is responsible for its operational imple-    nal sustainability management system, which
                                               mentation.                                         applies to all companies of the Bell Food
                                                                                                  Group. Monitoring makes it possible to identify
Sustainability organisation                    The Sustainability Competence Centre plays a       the areas where further measures to ensure
of the Bell Food Group                         functional and advisory role. It is responsible    successful objective achievement are needed.
                                               for superordinate topics such as the organisa-
                                               tional structure, development and execution        During the planned review of the sustainabil-
                                               of key indicator monitoring, and the relation-     ity strategy, the monitoring system will also
                                               ship with the sustainability department of         have to be adjusted to the new objectives.
 Board of Directors                                                                               Data capture processes and systems will be
                                               Coop, the principal shareholder of the Bell
                                               Food Group. The Sustainability Competence          reassessed and optimised where necessary.
                                               Centre integrates new companies into the ex-
 CEO, Bell Food Group                          isting sustainability organisation, step by step
   Group Executive Board,                     and to the extent required.                        Sustainability communication
    Bell Food Group
                                                                                                  Communication is an integral component of
      Head of Sustainability                   Sustainability officers                            the sustainability strategy. Sustainability as a
      ­Competence Centre                                                                          topic is systematically approached on different
                                               A sustainability officer has been appointed for    levels in line with the three pillars and inte-
                                               every business area and every division (see        grated as a key component into the internal
          Head of Sustainability Team,                                                            and external corporate communication pro-
                                               diagram to the left). These sustainability offi­
          Bell Switzerland business area
                                               cers are responsible for the achievement of        cesses.
                                               the objectives and the implementation of the
          Sustainability Officer, Bell West-   measures. They serve as the central contact        Sustainability topics are also communicated
          ern/Eastern Europe division          person for sustainability topics in their indi-    internally, including through training courses,
                                               vidual organisational areas. Within the areas,     intranet platforms, info screens and the inter-
          Sustainability Officer,              the strategy is implemented by pillar and sub-     nal employee magazine LOOK!
          Bell Germany division                ordinate objectives.
                                                                                                  External stakeholders are primarily kept up to
                                               Under the auspices of the Sustainability Com-      date via the website, Annual Report, Sustain-
          Sustainability Officer,              petence Centre, all sustainability officers dis-   ability Report and articles about sustainability
          Hilcona division                     cuss superordinate topics, the monitoring of       topics in specialist journals. We also reply to
                                               objectives and strategic questions at least        specific enquiries addressed to us.
          Sustainability Officer,              twice a year. A smaller core team of sustaina-
          Eisberg division                     bility officers also exchanges experiences and     We want to expand the regular dialogue with
                                               formulates topics of current relevance to the      crucial stakeholders in all our markets in order
                                               Group several times a year.                        to identify the needs of the stakeholders and
          Sustainability Officer,                                                                 promote our sustainability engagement. The
          Hubers division                                                                         value added to our products through our sus-
                                               Sustainability monitoring /                        tainability projects is integrated into our brand
          Sustainability Officer,              sustainability reporting                           communication.
          Hügli division
                                               Sustainability monitoring has a centralised        This first Sustainability Report is the first at-
                                               structure and is subject to continuous develop-    tempt at standardising our reporting practice,
                                               ment. Progress is monitored on an ongoing          which is based on the standards of the Global
                                               basis. A report summarising the achievement        Reporting Initiative (GRI) in terms of structure
                                               of objectives and providing a critical review of   and contents.
                                               performance and progress is submitted to the

Sustainability Report of the Bell Food Group 2019

Material topics

GRI Standard                                        The Bell Food Group structured the important         This led to the identification of the following
                                                    topics included in this first edition of the Sus-    ten material focal topics for the Bell Food
      RI 102-46, 102-47                            tainability Report in accordance with the            Group’s sustainability engagement:
                                                    standards of the Global Reporting Initiative
                                                    (GRI). It is based, among others, on the com-        Products and procurement
                                                    prehensive stakeholder analysis carried out            	Environmental aspects in procurement
                                                    during the review of the sustainability strategy       	Social aspects in procurement
                                                    in 2016. Stakeholder expectations with regard          	Animal welfare
                                                    to sustainability had a material impact on the
                                                    development of the Bell Food Group’s strategy        Environment and resources
                                                    and the definition of its strategic focal topics.     	Food waste and resource efficiency
                                                    Following on from the stakeholder analysis,           	Water
                                                    our own focal topics and the strategic direc-
                                                    tions defined by the sustainability strategy, the    Employees and society
                                                    first step was to draw up a list of potential top-    	Employment conditions
                                                    ics collated from various sources. As part of         	Occupational health and safety
                                                    this process, we analysed the focal topics of         	Food safety
                                                    selected environmental protection and animal          	Responsible company
                                                    welfare organisations and the sustainability            and market player
                                                    strategies of our competitors, taking account
                                                    of a variety of ratings and rankings.                These ten focal topics are discussed in the
                                                                                                         chapters “Products and procurement”, “Envi-
                                                    The potential topics were categorised accord-        ronment and resources” and “Employees and
                                                    ing to superordinate chapters. Stakeholder           society” of this sustainability report. They
                                                    relevance as well as impact scores were meas-        aim to provide an overview of the strategic
                                                    ured. The basis was provided by impact stud-         topics on which the Bell Food Group is cur-
                                                    ies, an internal self-assessment of the Bell         rently focusing in these areas of sustainability.
                                                    Food Group, and an evaluation by an external
                                                    consulting company for sustainability man-           The two focal topics “Environmental aspects in
                                                    agement.                                             procurement” and “Social aspects in procure-
                                                                                                         ment” are discussed in the chapters “Sustain-
                                                                                                         able procurement of plant raw materials” and
                                                                                                         “Sustainable procurement of animal raw ma-
                                                                                                         terials and animal welfare”. Owing to an over-
                                                                                                         lap at the thematic level as well as with regard
                                                                                                         to the management system approach, the
                                                                                                         chapter “Sustainable procurement of animal
                                                                                                         raw materials and animal welfare” includes a
                                                                                                         discussion on the crucial topic of animal

2    Preface
 4    Who we are and what we do
 6    Sustainability strategy and management
12    Products and procurement
20    Environment and resources
28    Employees and society
38    Key indicators
48    GRI

Our stakeholders

GRI Standard                                   The long-term success of the Bell Food Group is     Through its Consumer Service, the Bell Food
                                               dependent on securing the approval of all stake-    Group also receives direct feedback from con-
       RI 102-40, GRI 102-42,                 holder groups, not only with regard to internal     sumers, which provides insight into consum-
      GRI 102-43, GRI 102-44                   or direct stakeholders such as employees or         ers’ needs. The same is true for the feedback
                                               suppliers and partners, but also with regard to     we get from our direct customers and their
                                               indirect stakeholders such as social interest       consumers.
                                               groups. We recognise the different require-
                                               ments, needs and expectations of these groups.      To support these findings, discussions in the
                                                                                                   media and public opinion about sustainability
                                                                                                   topics are monitored and analysed in regular
                                               Identification of our stakeholders                  exchanges with various panels.
Our stakeholder list
                                               An in-depth stakeholder analysis was carried        As stakeholders can differ greatly from country
	Social interest groups                       out in the context of the sustainability strategy   to country, the local employees in charge are
 	Competitors                                 review in 2016. We identified stakeholders with     best qualified to judge their relevance. As a
 	Local communities (residents and            a significant relationship with the Bell Food       result, the integration of external stakeholders
   neighbours)                                 Group. These are primarily stakeholders who         and partners as well as memberships are
 	Consumer protection organisations           have a great interest in our company or who         partly organised and managed decentrally by
   and consumer associations                   have a serious influence on our company.            the different business areas and locations.
 	Non-governmental organisations              Their expectations are particularly important to
   (environmental and animal                   the Bell Food Group and have therefore sig-         Examples include Farmers’ Union, amfori Net-
   protection)                                 nificantly influenced the further development       work Switzerland, Working Group Poultry, Ger-
 	Media                                       of the sustainability strategy.                     man Animal Welfare Association, regional and
	Partners                                                                                        national organisations such as the Federation
    Trade unions                               Unfortunately, it is not always possible for the    of German Food and Drink Industries or the
  	Associations and industry                  Bell Food Group to avoid and solve conflicts        Swiss Private Sector Energy Agency (EnAW),
    organisations                              concerning objectives arising from the differ-      trade unions and industry associations such as
  	Suppliers, traders (raw materials),        ing needs of our stakeholders. By promoting         Proviande, Central Association of the German
    (contracted) producers and farmers         exchange between the different stakeholder          Poultry Industry, Swiss Poultry Producers
  	B2B customers (retail, wholesale,          groups, the Bell Food Group wants to find           (SPG), Fédération Française des Industriels
    system catering, industry)                 common solutions and strengthen mutual un-          Charcutiers, Traiteurs, Transformation de Vian-
  	Universities and institutions              derstanding. In this way, the Bell Food Group       des, Swiss Convenience Food Association
                                               can accumulate topics and know-how that will        (SCFA) and Swiss Animal Protection (STS).
      Internal stakeholders                    help the company to continuously evolve and
      Employees and staff councils             improve.                                            A regular exchange among sustainability offi­
                                                                                                   cers ensures that information is collated cen-
       Political decision makers
                                                                                                   trally. More information about the concerns
       Public authorities
                                               Engagement of our stakeholders                      represented by the stakeholder groups of the
                                               and partners                                        Bell Food Group is provided in separate topic
       Investors                                                                                   chapters.
     	Shareholders                            Regular meetings with selected stakeholders
                                               aim to identify their requirements and expec-
                                               tations and to jointly define general frame-
                                               work conditions. This exchange is structured
                                               in a variety of ways and is not always managed

                                               One example is the periodic employee surveys
                                               carried out by the HR department. Employees
                                               can also discuss their questions and problems
                                               with their line managers at any time.

                                               The Bell Food Group maintains close personal
                                               contact with selected stakeholders such as
                                               contracted producers within integrated poul-
                                               try and vegetable production.

Sustainability Report of the Bell Food Group 2019

Pillar 1
Products and

                              The Bell Food Group expects the methods of manufacture
                              of its plant and animal raw materials to meet certain stan­
                              dards. The focus falls in particular on production methods
                              and animal welfare. As the Bell Food Group wants to make
                              a positive contribution to sustainable agriculture, the
                              products have to meet minimum social and environmental
                              standards as well as offer added value in social and environ-
                              mental terms.

                              The Bell Food Group is constantly working on enlarging its
                              range of label products and products with social or environ­
                              mental value added.

                              92 % of all plant raw              Some 10 % of the fruit and
                              materials came from                vegetables procured in 2019
                              Europe in 2019.                    carried a sustainability label.

                              50 % of own slaughtering in        98 % of all animal raw
                              2019 carried animal welfare        materials came from
                              labels (incl. organic).            Europe in 2019.

                              8 % of poultry from own            97 % of fish and seafood
                              slaughtering was certified         came from sustainable
                              organic in 2019.                   sources in 2019.

2   Preface
 4   Who we are and what we do
 6   Sustainability strategy and management
12   Products and procurement
20   Environment and resources
28   Employees and society
38   Key indicators
48   GRI

                                              What does sustainability mean to you as            Looking ahead, what will be the challenges
                                              Head of the Bell International business area       facing the Bell Food Group, and in particular
                                              of the Bell Food Group?                            the Bell International business area, with re­
                                                                                                 gard to the sustainable procurement of ani­
                                              In the countries and markets outside Switzer-      mal and plant raw materials or sustainability
                                              land we work to ensure sustainability in compli-   in general in the upstream supply chain in the
                                              ance with the adopted strategy. For example,       coming years?
                                              we promote sustainable poultry production and
                                              are currently one of the biggest producers of      Alternative sources of protein will become
                                              organic poultry in Europe. We’re working on        increasingly important. This is why we’re in-
                                              optimising our packaging materials and re­         volved in researching and developing cultured
                                              ducing our consumption of energy and water         beef (meat grown from animal cells in a labora-
                                              in production, and we are also implementing a      tory) through the company MosaMeat. It’s
                                              number of other measures.                          crucial to us to secure sustainably produced
                                                                                                 sources of raw materials so as to avoid falling
                                                                                                 into a relationship of dependency. Globalisa-
                                              Does sustainability also play a role in your       tion is furthering international competi-
                                              private life? What do you personally do to         tion. Thanks to our presence in 15 countries,
                                              make your everyday life more environmen­           we can quickly recognise trends and transfer
                                              tally compatible?                                  the acquired know-how to other markets. It’s
                                                                                                 also our ambition to set new trends ourselves,
                                              When buying food I take care to select prod-       to get things moving and to be perceived as a
                                              ucts from species-appropriate animal hus-          sustainable company.
                                              bandry. I also avoid imported products that
                                              had to be transported a long way, such as beef
                                              from overseas.

We are currently one of the
biggest producers of
organic poultry in Europe.
Marco Tschanz
Head of Bell International business area

Sustainability Report of the Bell Food Group 2019

Sustainable procurement
of vegetable products

GRI Standard                                        Relevance                                          Product labels
                                                                                                       The sustainability strategy that entered into
      RI 103-1, GRI 103-2, GRI 103-3,              For the convenience business in particular, the    force in 2017 defines the requirements (stan­
     GRI FP2                                        Bell Food Group requires large volumes of          dards and labels) that suppliers of raw materials
                                                    plant raw materials such as fruit and vegeta-      to the Bell Food Group have to meet.
                                                    bles, palm oil and rice. Depending on produc-
                                                    tion methods and locations, the growing of         As the Bell Food Group is convinced that
                                                    these raw materials can have unintended envi-      commitment to labels such as Bio Suisse, EU
                                                    ronmental and social consequences, such as         Organic and Fairtrade pays off, it aims to con-
                                                    the large amounts of water and land required       stantly expand its range of label products. The
                                                    for agriculture, the use of plant protection       Bell Food Group therefore relies on organi-
                                                    products and fertilisers, and sometimes prob-      cally manufactured products that meet the
                                                    lematic working conditions. At the same time,      Bio Suisse guidelines or the EU’s organic
                                                    the Bell Food Group is a rather small player in    regulations. For example, both of these guide-
                                                    global terms and can be potentially affected by    lines prohibit the use of chemical and syn-
                                                    fluctuations in supply on the global markets,      thetic plant protection products, which has a
                                                    for example as a result of climate events.         positive effect on soil diversity, among other
                                                                                                       things. There are also standards for raw mate-
                                                                                                       rials that are not always reflected in the end
                                                    Management approach                                product but which the Bell Food Group be-
                                                                                                       lieves is necessary, such as GlobalGAP and
                                                    Plant raw materials in compliance                  SwissGAP (Good Agricultural Practice) or the
                                                    with social and environmental criteria             Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
                                                    As the Bell Food Group wants to make a posi-
                                                    tive contribution to sustainable agriculture,      Objectives
“Organic farming is                                 the products of the Bell Food Group have to        The Bell Food Group pursues the strategic ob-
made sustainable by                                 meet minimum environmental and social              jective of expanding its range with products
                                                    standards that go further than local statutory     that offer added value in the area of sustain-
refusing to use syn-                                provisions. As a comparatively small market        ability, for example by way of certification. This
thetic pesticides and                               player, the Bell Food Group is challenged to
                                                    convince suppliers on the global market to
                                                                                                       also meets a growing need of consumers. In
                                                                                                       addition to increasing the percentage of label
chemical fertilisers                                meet these standards. The company therefore        products, the Bell Food Group’s procurement
                                                    relies on industry standards developed and de-     standards require that 100 % of certain clearly
and following the rules                             manded by many market players. However,            defined raw materials have to demonstrably
of crop rotation.”                                  such additional performance is often reflected     meet specific minimum standards (see ad-
                                                    in a higher price. This applies in particular to   jacent “Key indicators and proof of perfor-
Georg Frick                                         the processed raw materials needed for the         mance”). Regional suppliers are preferred
Vegetable supplier and contracted producer
for Hilcona, Schaan                                 convenience segment, such as spices and            whenever possible.
                                                    marinades. Such products are often supplied
                                                    to the market by only a few suppliers, and the
                                                    Bell Food Group represents only a small share
                                                    of their business.

                                                    The exception to this is the contracted pro­
                                                    ducers involved in the Bell Food Group’s inte-
                                                    grated production, where such requirements
                                                    can be implemented more easily and more

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 4   Who we are and what we do
 6   Sustainability strategy and management
12   Products and procurement
20   Environment and resources
28   Employees and society
38   Key indicators
48   GRI

                                                                  Measures                                             Evaluation

                                                                  On the road to a sustainable production and          To measure objective achievement on a con-
                                                                  supply chain for plant raw materials, the Eis-       tinuous basis, the status of implementation is
                                                                  berg division started two new projects in 2019:      assessed every year. To this end, the share of

84             %
                                                                  the Biodiversity project and the Zero Residue
                                                                  Production (ZRP) project.

                                                                  Eisberg’s flagship ZRP project should help to
                                                                                                                       the defined labels of total sales revenue and
                                                                                                                       total purchased volume is calculated and the
                                                                                                                       relevant data are analysed.
of the fruit and vegetables that                                  improve various environmental problems.              Since the annual review of these objectives
are procured come from operations                                 Among other things, the objective is to join         started, constant improvement has been
certified to GlobalGAP/SwissGAP.                                  forces with salad producers to further reduce        achieved in all areas (see the “Purchased vol-
                                                                  the use of pesticides in the production of           ume for labelled plant raw materials” table,
                                                                  salad.                                               page 39). For example, 100 % organic or

                                                                                                                       RSPO-certified palm oil is used. This transition
                                                                  With the Biodiversity flagship project, Eisberg      was a long process. Entire recipes were revised
                     %                                            launched a project group in autumn 2019 to           to ensure that no palm oil is needed. Thanks
                                                                  review the applicability of the biodiversity         to frequent discussions with suppliers, it has
of palm oil is certified to organic                               points system for IP Suisse label products to        also been possible to switch to RSPO-certified
or RSPO standards.                                                Swiss vegetable farming.                             ingredients for composite products. Hügli suc-
                                                                                                                       cessfully replaced palm oil in some products
                                                                                                                       with organic shea butter that is procured at
                                                                                                                       fixed and fair prices from a women’s group
                                                                                                                       focusing on sustainable working.
Key indicators and proof of performance
Sustainable procurement of vegetable products
Objective/requirement                                                                 Status 2019
No sales of the defined critical products/production forms (DON’Ts list)                             100 %             The Bell Food Group is on track for most of its
                                                                                                                       objectives. The implementation of further
Increase in sustainability sales according to defined labels, in particular                          *                 measures to ensure objective achievement is
organic sales (ongoing objective)
                                                                                                                       becoming an ever greater challenge. The more
100 % RSPO-certified palm oil by 2020                                                                100 %             advanced the implementation, the more diffi-
100 % of fruit and vegetables comply with GlobalGAP/SwissGAP by 2023                                 84 %              cult the remaining challenges. There is also a
                                                                                                                       need to convince customers more strongly of
100 % GMO-free seeds for fruit/vegetables from own cultivation                                       100 %
(Hilcona/Eisberg) by 2020
                                                                                                                       the value that is added by products that are
                                                                                                                       produced in an environmentally and socially
* See table for “Purchased volume for labelled plant raw materials”, page 39            Objective not on track
                                                                                        Objective partially on track
                                                                                                                       compatible manner. The higher costs of pro-
                                                                                        Objective on track or          duction can only be passed on once customers
                                                                                        achieved                       are more willing to pay for these benefits.

                                                                                                                       Key indicators

                                                                                                                            P urchased volume for labelled plant
                                                                                                                             raw materials, page 39

Sustainability Report of the Bell Food Group 2019

Sustainable procurement of animal
products and animal welfare

GRI Standard                                        Relevance                                          To improve the situation, the Bell Food Group
                                                                                                       works together with various stakeholders
      RI 103-1, GRI 103-2, GRI 103-3,              Animal raw materials, and in particular meat,      along the entire value chain: customers, trade
     GRI FP2, Bell Food Group indicator             are the most important raw materials in terms      organisations, farmers, NGOs and government
                                                    of volume for the Bell Food Group. These are       institutions. The Bell Food Group offers prod-
                                                    primarily used by the Bell Switzerland and Bell    ucts from different animal welfare levels and
                                                    International business areas. Around three-        animal welfare programmes. Consumers can
                                                    quarters of the sales revenue of the Bell Food     therefore choose from a broad range of prod-
                                                    Group comes from the processing of animal          ucts and apply the criteria that are important
                                                    products. The Convenience business area also       to them personally. The Bell Food Group ap-
                                                    uses animal raw materials, but mostly in pro-      plies the following levels to the requirements:
                                                    cessed form rather than as an unprocessed
                                                    raw material.                                         DON’Ts: A basic list of critical products
                                                                                                           and production forms was drawn up for
                                                    Animal welfare is a topic close to the hearts of       the entire Bell Food Group. These “DON’Ts”
                                                    customers, producers, processors and many              may not be used anywhere in the com-
                                                    other stakeholders that often evokes an emo-           pany. These products include fish and sea-
                                                    tional response. Of primary interest here are          food from acutely endangered species and
                                                    husbandry practices, feed, medication (e.g.            eggs from battery-caged poultry.
                                                    the use of antibiotics), and the transport and
“Measures to guarantee                              slaughtering of animals. These topics affect           L egal requirements: When creating ani-
                                                    the entire supply chain of the Bell Food Group.         mal products, the manufacturer as a mat-
traceability in the                                 Our influence as a slaughtering and process-            ter of course has to meet at least the legal
complex and nontrans-                               ing company differs according to the business           requirements of the country of origin,
                                                    area. The Bell Switzerland and Hubers busi-             which is audited by way of official control
parent supply chain                                 ness areas run their own abattoirs and cutting          mechanisms.
are central in the                                  halls where they can directly influence the
                                                                                                            roven minimum standards for raw
                                                    welfare of the animals by determining the
fight against illegal and                           type of anaesthetisation and the slaughtering          materials: In 2017, environmental and/or
unethical fishing.”                                 process. The Bell Food Group operates its own
                                                    integrated poultry production in Switzerland,
                                                                                                           social minimum standards for animal raw
                                                                                                           materials were defined, and compliance
Catherine Vogler                                    Austria and Germany. Topics such as hus-               with these standards must be proved by a
Senior Manager Seafood Markets, WWF Switzerland     bandry practices, feed, medication and animal          label or an independent organisation.
                                                    transport can be managed more directly here.           Compliance with these standards is com-
                                                                                                           pulsory for suppliers of raw materials.
                                                                                                           Eggs, for example, must be certified at
                                                    Management approach                                    least to KAT, AMA, QS or a comparable
                                                                                                           standard. This standard is not always re-
                                                    The Bell Food Group campaigns for the im-              flected in the end product.
                                                    provement of production factors and pro-
                                                    motes animal welfare. It is one of our strategic      Product labels with special added
                                                    objectives to expand the range of animal prod-        value: The highest standards for animals,
                                                    ucts carrying labels that add value and to help       people and the environment can be guar-
                                                    farmers to comply with animal welfare stan­           anteed by recognised label products
                                                    dards. The Bell Food Group also applies proven        with special added value that are directly
                                                    standards to the procurement of animal raw            reflected in the end product. For example,
                                                    materials and complies with the ban on critical       we offer products with the following
                                                    products and production processes.                    labels: EU Organic, Bio Suisse, MSC, ASC,
                                                                                                          Naturafarm and PAS poultry. Compliance
                                                                                                          with requirements is monitored by the
                                                                                                          label organisation.

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 4   Who we are and what we do
 6   Sustainability strategy and management
12   Products and procurement
20   Environment and resources
28   Employees and society
38   Key indicators
48   GRI

                                                    With regard to animal welfare, we attach par-       Measures
                                                    ticular importance to husbandry conditions
                                                    and, for our abattoirs, the conditions of trans-    The Bell Food Group is involved in a number
                                                    port and slaughtering of the animals.               of projects to promote higher animal welfare
                                                                                                        standards along the entire value chain. To-
                                                    Transport                                           gether with its partners, strategies are devel-
                                                    It is particularly important that animals are       oped for improved animal welfare and product
“I would like to see                                handled professionally when being loaded
                                                    and transported so as to cause the animals
                                                                                                        ranges that are tailored to the needs of mar-
                                                                                                        kets and trading companies. The employees of
greater appreciation                                finding themselves in an unknown environ-           the Bell Food Group support projects with
                                                    ment as little stress as possible. This includes
by consumers of high-                               handling the animals more soothingly and
                                                                                                        their know-how, help with their development,
                                                                                                        and promote sales of private and government
quality and regional                                ensuring a safe transport environment and           labels such as Original Simmentaler and Nat-
                                                    transport times that do not subject the ani-        ura Beef in Switzerland and Bio in Austria.
products.”                                          mals to undue stress.
Martin Wiesinger                                                                                        Fish and seafood from sustainable sources
Contracted producer of organic poultry for Hubers   Transport is handled by specialised external        The objective is to only sell fish and seafood
                                                    livestock trading companies as well as by           from stocks that are not overfished or not
                                                    our internal logistics departments. Audits are      caught in a way that endangers their eco­
                                                    carried out by government or private organi-        system. To achieve this objective, the Bell
                                                    sations, depending on the label. Transporta-        Food Group works closely with WWF Switzer-
                                                    tion is at all times handled by qualified profes-   land. The product range is reviewed and
                                                    sionals who, depending on the country, have         assessed every year. In the context of this
                                                    to meet different conditions and prove their        collaboration, the percentage of products from
                                                    expertise by way of training courses.               sustainable sources was increased to 97 %.

                                                    Slaughtering                                        Promotion of a dual-purpose breed
                                                    The areas where animals are unloaded and            With its commitment to the Original Simmen-
                                                    kept waiting have been designed to ensure           taler association, which was founded in Sep-
                                                    that the animals remain calm and suffer as lit-     tember 2018, Bell Switzerland is making an
                                                    tle stress as possible in this unknown environ-     important contribution to the preservation and
                                                    ment. Abattoir staff are trained and regularly      promotion of the traditional Swiss Simmentaler
                                                    attend advanced courses on how to handle            cattle breed. As a traditional dual-purpose
                                                    the animals correctly. When the animals are         breed offering good meat and milk, Simmen-

                                                    unloaded, an independent veterinarian (a            taler cattle are ideally suited to Switzerland’s
                                                    government veterinarian) also inspects the          grassland-based agriculture and therefore also
                                                    live animals.                                       meet Bell’s sustainability criteria. The Original
              %                                                                                         Simmentaler quality seal identifies premium
                                                    All animals have to be sufficiently anaesthetised   milk and meat products from Simmental Fleck-
of own slaughtering carried animal                  before being killed. This is not only a legal re-   vieh cattle.
welfare labels (incl. organic)                      quirement, but also a top priority for the Bell
                                                    Food Group. The specialist staff use state-of-      No slaughtering of pregnant cows
                                                    the-art anaesthetising techniques and meth-         Bell Switzerland is actively involved in the
                                                    ods that meet the highest practical standards       Swiss industry initiative to “stop the slaughter-
                                                    and ensure the quality and success of the           ing of pregnant cows”. Missing or unverified
                                                    anaesthetisation process.                           pregnancy diagnoses, uncontrolled natural
                                                                                                        mating and intermediate trading without giv-
                                                    Government veterinarians make sure that the         ing the new owner sufficient information are
                                                    abattoirs of the Bell Food Group meet the legal     some of the reasons why pregnant animals are
                                                    requirements regarding animal welfare and           slaughtered. This unfortunately still happens
                                                    health as well as the food safety standards. In     too often, which is something the Bell Food
                                                    addition to government audits, the abattoirs in     Group cannot accept in terms of ethics and
                                                    Switzerland, Austria and Germany also have          animal welfare. Bell Switzerland therefore
                                                    annual audits performed by independent or-          actively works to improve the unsatisfactory
                                                    ganisations (Swiss Animal Protection STS, bsi       situation along the entire value chain.

Sustainability Report of the Bell Food Group 2019

                                                    PASplus poultry house                               Medication and reduction of antibiotics
                                                    In summer 2020, a poultry house built accord-       For medical reasons and in the interests of
                                                    ing to Minergie A standard will be commis-          animal welfare, sick and injured animals have
                                                    sioned in Zimmerwald in Switzerland. This fa-       to be treated to make sure that they do not
                                                    cility was built in accordance with the “PASplus”   suffer. As such, the objective is not to stop us-
                                                    concept developed by Bell Switzerland, which        ing medication such as antibiotics, but to use
                                                    is the advanced form of the “Particularly           medication carefully in accordance with a vet-
                                                    animal-friendly stabling systems” programme         erinarian’s prescription when no other treat-
                                                    implemented in Switzerland.                         ment is possible.

                                                    The facility will in future operate without gen-    Prophylactic antibiotics have been banned in
                                                    erating any CO2 by producing its own energy,        the EU and Switzerland for many years. There
“Bell Switzerland is                                causing less dust and smell emissions, and of-      are a number of programmes designed to re-
an enormously impor-                                fering a high standard of animal welfare. The       duce the use of antibiotics in animal hus-
                                                    chickens will benefit from an even more             bandry. Bell Switzerland is an active partici-
tant proponent of                                   agreeable coop climate. Thanks to the temper-       pant in Switzerland’s strategy on antibiotic
animal protection in                                ature-regulated winter garden, they will also       resistance (StAR). The unavoidable adminis-
                                                    be able to go outside for some fresh air            tration of antibiotics for medical reasons has
Switzerland as it has a                             throughout the year.                                to be documented.
lot of influence on animal                          PAS poultry house in Austria                        None of the tests to monitor antibiotic resi-
husbandry on farms as                               To service the Swiss market, Hubers in Austria      dues at the meat-processing plants of the Bell
                                                    has been developing a poultry production fa-        Food Group carried out by government insti-
well as on the transport                            cility according to the Swiss PAS standard          tutions and the company itself was positive.
and slaughtering of                                 since 2015. The animal-friendly PAS stabling
                                                    system with higher perches, natural daylight        Poultry production health programme
the animals.”                                       inside the coop and access to fresh air in the      Advisory and health services play an important
Cesare Sciarra
                                                    winter garden has also won over the Austrian        role in animal welfare in the Bell Food Group’s
Manager of Centre of Expertise for Farm Animals,    consumers. Some 40 % of producers have              poultry production. They help producers to
Swiss Animal Protection (SAP)                       converted their coops to the PAS model. Hu-         develop preventive measures to maintain the
                                                    bers has also been selling these products           animals’ health. During the “Treatment reduc-
                                                    through Austrian retailers since 2019.              tion” project in 2016, the entire production
                                                                                                        chain of Bell Switzerland was systematically
                                                    Modernisation of organic hatchery                   reviewed. Areas with risk potential were identi-
                                                    To meet the growing demand for organic poul-        fied and suitable measures were formulated,
                                                    try, the Lindenberg organic hatchery enlarged       such as 24-hour checks for stable preparation,
                                                    its production premises and installed state-of-     cleaning and disinfection when they are empty.
                                                    the-art incubators, and heating and ventilation
                                                    systems to achieve optimal hatching condi-          Pork Plus health programmes
                                                    tions.                                              In Switzerland, Bell has joined forces with
                                                                                                        partners to apply the Pork Plus health pro-
                                                    For poultry to be labelled organic, the eggs        grammes throughout the value chain. This
                                                    from which the chicks hatch already have to         programme was launched by the Swiss pork
                                                    meet strict organic standards. The Lindenberg       industry in 2016 and offers a possible solution
                                                    organic hatchery is one of only two plants that     for the sustainable use of antibiotics in pork
                                                    hatch organic eggs in Switzerland. The com-         production.
                                                    pany works closely with Bell in the context of
                                                    integrated poultry production.                      Producers participating in the programme un-
                                                                                                        dertake to keep a journal to document all their
                                                                                                        health and performance data. The resulting

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12   Products and procurement
20   Environment and resources
28   Employees and society
38   Key indicators
48   GRI

                                                                key indicators provide the health services with       Outlook
                                                                a basis for formulating advice tailored to the
                                                                needs of a specific farming operation.                Although the status of objective achievement
                                                                                                                      is satisfactory for most objectives, the remain-
                                                                                                                      ing potential should still be exploited. This in-
                                                                Evaluation                                            cludes the organic range of Bell France
                                                                                                                      launched in 2018 which is marketed under our
                                                                Objective achievement is continuously meas-           own and trade brands, and rising demand by
                                                                ured. The percentage of certified raw materials       Hubers customers for the organic and PAS
“We support agricultural                                        of the total purchased volume (see table for          ranges of the Bell Food Group. Our leading po-
producers with preven-                                          “Purchased volume for labelled animal raw             sition in the production of organic meat should
                                                                materials”, page 39) or the percentage of             be expanded further.
tive measures to main-                                          slaughtered animals with a defined animal
tain the health of their                                        welfare label of the total slaughtering volume
                                                                (see table for “Own slaughtering with animal
                                                                                                                      Together with the stakeholders, the Bell Food
                                                                                                                      Group is continuing to work on promoting
animals and only use                                            welfare labels (incl. organic)”, page 40) is          animal welfare at the different levels of the
antibiotics when                                                                                                      value chain, in particular in the areas where
                                                                                                                      the Bell Food Group has a direct influence and
necessary.”                                                     Since the annual review of these objectives           can exercise full control.
                                                                started, improvement has been achieved in all
Dr Kathrin Kühni Boghenbor                                      areas. The challenge for switching to eggs certi-     Bell Switzerland is focusing on the following
Veterinarian and Head of Poultry Health Services,
Bell Switzerland
                                                                fied to KAT, AMA, QS, AgroVet or a comparable         projects:
                                                                standard lies mainly in the procurement of com-
                                                                posite products.                                        	Implementation of PASplus poultry
                                                                                                                          house in 2020
                                                                                                                        	Inclusion of all pigs in Pork Plus health
                                                                                                                          programmes from spring 2021
Key indicators and proof of performance                                                                                 	 Conversion of Coop’s own Naturafarm
Sustainable procurement of animal products                                                                                brand to IP Suisse production for pork
                                                                                                                          100 % beef from suckler cow herds for
Objective/requirement                                                                Status 2019                           Naturafarm veal from 2021
No sales of the defined critical products/production forms (DON’Ts list)                            100 %
such as fish and seafood from acutely endangered species (UCN’s Red List                                              Hubers is planning the following special pro-
Increase in sustainability sales (incl. organic sales) according to defined                         **
labels (ongoing objective)                                                                                              	Implementation of anaesthetisation pro-
100 % of purchased eggs comply with KAT, AMA, QS, AgroVet or a                                      98 %                  cedures that improve animal welfare at
comparable standard by 2020                                                                                               the Pfaffstätt site
100 % of fish and seafood for strategic brands procured from                                        100 %               	Acquisition of lorries for live animal trans-
ecologically compatible and sustainable aquatic cultures and fisheries                                                    port with a state-of-the-art lifting and ven-
(WWF Score 1–3) by 2023                                                                                                   tilation system for the careful transport of
                                                                                                                          live animals
Key indicators and proof of performance
Animal welfare

Objective/requirement                                                                Status 2019
                                                                                                                      Key indicators
Humane slaughtering *                                                                               ***                  	Purchased volume for labelled animal
Reduced use of antibiotics/monitoring of residues                                                   ***                    raw materials, page 39
* Only Bell Switzerland, Hubers                                                        Objective not on track
** See table for “Purchased volume for labelled animal raw materials”, page 39         Objective partially on track      	Own slaughtering with animal welfare
*** Status checked via annual documentation of measures/no residues found in meat      Objective on track or
    during own or government tests.                                                    achieved
                                                                                                                           labels incl. organic, page 40

Sustainability Report of the Bell Food Group 2019

Pillar 2
and resources

                              For the Bell Food Group as a production company, the
                              careful husbanding of resources is key to conserving our
                              resources, saving costs and having the smallest possible
                              impact on our environment.

                              It is therefore the strategy of the Bell Food Group to
                              reduce our energy and water consumption and use our
                              resources more efficiently in order to make a contribution
                              to the preservation of the environment. In the long term,
                              the Bell Food Group aims to procure all the energy for
                              electricity, heating and fuel from renewable sources. The
                              production processes are continuously optimised in order
                              to keep food, energy and water losses as small as possible.

                              In 2019, energy procure-          56 % of of the energy
                              ment was 9 % lower than           procured (electricity,
                              in the previous year.             heat, fuel) in 2019 came
                                                                from renewable sources.

                              In 2019, greenhouse gas           86 % of waste was
                              emissions decreased               recycled in 2019.
                              by 10 % on the previous year.

                             In 2019, water consumption
                             was 5 % lower than in
                             the previous year.

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 4   Who we are and what we do
 6   Sustainability strategy and management
12   Products and procurement
20   Environment and resources
28   Employees and society
38   Key indicators
48   GRI

We need packaging solutions
that guarantee product safety
while at the same time meeting
environmental demands.
Volker Baltes
Head of Convenience division

                                              What does sustainability mean to you as           Looking ahead, what will be the future chal­
                                              Head of the Bell Convenience business area        lenges facing the Bell Food Group and in
                                              of the Bell Food Group?                           particular the Convenience business area
                                                                                                with regard to energy and resource effi­
                                              Sustainability is a contract between the gen-     ciency?
                                              erations. Our objective is to operate in a man-
                                              ner that ensures that future generations aren’t   If energy and resource efficiency had not been
                                              impacted negatively and we can pass on our        a central topic for all the business areas of the
                                              business as well as our planet in a good condi-   Bell Food Group for many years, we would no
                                              tion to the next generation.                      longer exist. I think that we’re actually doing
                                                                                                more in this regard than what we’re telling the
                                                                                                outside world.
                                              Does sustainability also play a role in your
                                              private life? What do you personally do to        In the future we’re sure to see many develop-
                                              make your everyday life more environmen­          ments in the area of packaging, and naturally
                                              tally compatible?                                 also plastic. As a Group, we are greatly chal-
                                                                                                lenged in this regard. We also need external
                                              Of course. I’m a father and see the next gen-     alliances and partners to develop clever solu-
                                              eration growing up before my eyes. Sustaina-      tions that guarantee product protection and
                                              bility is therefore an important issue for us,    safety while at the same time meeting the
                                              not only in environmental terms but also in       environmental demands of society.
                                              terms of business and ethics. As I travel a lot
                                              for work, we frequently ride our bicycles dur-
                                              ing our free time and take care to pursue a
                                              mostly sustainable lifestyle.

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GRI Standard                                        Relevance                                          This will make it possible to quickly identify
                                                                                                       deviations in consumption and provide impor-
      RI 103-1, GRI 103-2, GRI 103-3,              The warming of the Earth caused by the unfet-      tant information regarding efficiency potential.
     GRI 302-1, GRI 302-3,                          tered output of greenhouse gases (GHG) is
     GRI 305-1, 305-4                               one of the greatest global challenges of the       To identify where energy can be saved and ef-
                                                    twenty-first century. Climate change has a         ficiency enhanced, the Bell Food Group relies
                                                    huge impact on food production and thus di-        on cooperation with external specialists, with
                                                    rectly affects the players in the downstream       whom it works together to define individual
                                                    food processing industry. At the same time,        measures for the production locations.
                                                    agriculture and the food processing industry
                                                    are emitters of greenhouse gases and have to       In addition, all production plants in Switzer-
                                                    do their part to protect the climate.              land and in Liechtenstein have agreed indi-
                                                                                                       vidual energy and CO2 objectives and meas-
                                                    The Bell Food Group can primarily exercise a       ures with the Swiss Private Sector Energy
                                                    direct influence on GHG emissions through the      Agency (EnAW). In this way, these business

                                                    energy sources used by the production plants       areas can reduce their CO2 emissions while
                                                    and its own transport organisation. Here, the      also saving on energy costs.
               GWh                                  Bell Food Group bears a responsibility to limit
                                                    the emission of greenhouse gases: by moving        The contracted producers within integrated
In 2019, energy procurement dropped                 away from fossil fuels to renewable energy car-    poultry production in Switzerland have in-
year-on-year by 9 % to 511 GWh.                     riers and increasing our energy efficiency.        stalled photovoltaic plants on their roofs to
                                                                                                       generate their own electricity.
                                                    For reasons of product quality and food safety –
                                                    for example in cooling and cleaning – the Bell     The following general objectives apply in the
                                                    Food Group is bound to certain restrictions        fields of heating and electricity:

70,661                            t  
                                                    when it comes to reducing the use of energy.

                                                    The Bell Food Group uses projects to achieve
                                                                                                          Reduction of energy consumption
                                                                                                          (heat and electricity) in all plants
CO2 equivalents                                     improvements in the upstream supply chain,            of the Bell Food Group
                                                    in particular the farmers. For example, it sup-      	
                                                                                                          Reduction of fossil fuels
In 2019, greenhouse gas emissions                   ports its suppliers with the development of the      	
                                                                                                          Increase in sustainable energy carriers
were reduced by 10 % on the previous                PASplus poultry house (see page 18) and the
year to 70,661 tonnes of CO2 equivalents.           reduction of GHG emissions.

                                                    Management approach                                In 2019, 100 % of the electricity used by the
                                                                                                       Bell Food Group in Switzerland and Liechten-
                                                    The Bell Food Group applies internal energy        stein came from renewable sources (including
                                                    management in all production facilities. This      the purchase of electricity certificates for hy-
                                                    not only gives us a constant overview of con-      dropower), and 79 % for the Bell Food Group
                                                    sumption, but also makes it easier to identify     as a whole. The Bell Food Group produces re-
                                                    the potential for savings. The Bell production     newable energy at Eisberg’s headquarters in
                                                    facilities in Germany are certified to the ISO     Dällikon, at Hügli’s Radolfzell facility, at Sylvain
                                                    50001 energy management standard.                  & Co’s plant in Essert-sous-Champvent, and at
                                                                                                       Bell Switzerland’s facility in Basel.
                                                    At all locations, energy consumption is meas-
                                                    ured and broken down into direct (Scope 1)         For heating, we favour connection to district
                                                    and indirect (Scope 2) emissions.                  heating grids, which is the case at the head-
                                                                                                       quarters in Basel and at Hilcona’s locations in
                                                    All plants of the Bell Food Group will have an     Schaan and in Landquart. The efficient use of
                                                    automated energy capture system by 2024.           waste and process heat in the production
                                                                                                       plants plays an ever more important role. Heat
                                                                                                       recovery systems are already in use at a num-
                                                                                                       ber of locations.

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