Sustainability is the foundation of our corporate philosophy securing the long-term success of Walter Rau including economical and ecological aspects as well as social commitment, product liability and sincere communication.
Sustainable actions do start with the selection of the raw materials. Sustainability is of vital importance especially in connection with the palm oil based production. The growing demand for oils and fats in recent years for the global food industry has led to a significant increase in cultivation areas. It is known that further growth is inevitable for the future. However, it is important that the long-lasting action is economically, socially and environmentally acceptable. Being a long-time member of the Round Table on Sustainable Palmoil and with our obligation to source raw materials exclusively from RSPO members, we support all these efforts.
We regard the ZNU as our partner on our way towards sustainable economic activities. The ZNU (Zentrum für Nachhaltige Unternehmensführung, Centre for Sustainable Corporate Leadership) is an application-oriented research institute within the Faculty of Economics at Witten/Herdecke University. As a sustainability initiative of economy and science, it is working in the fields of research, science, further education, and conferences to make sustainability tangible for executives of today and tomorrow and to get them enthusiastic about the chances of sustainable corporate leadership. (Source: www.mehrwert-nachhaltigkeit.de)
As a basis for the Walter Rau work, first of all it is elucidated with the help of the so-called ZNU Sustainablity Self Check what characterises sustainable corporate leadership from Walter Rau’s point of view, and where we currently stand in this respect. Subsequently, existing and future activities are systemised and reviewed in regular intervals.
The ZNU Sustainability Self Check is a self-assessment with regard to the company’s strategic orientation and the actual sustainability topics in the various fields: environment (climate/energy, resources, biodiversity and animal welfare), economy (sustainable value added/fair payment, quality/consumer protection, societal influence/anti-corruption, and social affairs (human rights, health, and diversity/demography). The test serves as an assessment of the current situation and ensures that the company seriously considers all topics around sustainability and that it further develops in a systematic way. Answering the questions certainly requires the support of several specialist departments to be able to arrive at an all-encompassing entrepreneurial result.
The ZNU Sustainability Check forms the basis for Walter Rau’s further development of sustainability activities towards the ZNU standard “More sustainable Economic Activities Food”, the audit for which is performed by TÜV Rheinland or other certification authorities.
Our social commitment and the concern for our employees are also another pillar of sustained entrepreneurship. We actively support children care programmes in Germany such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities and are the sponsors of some children and youth sport teams. Social behaviour, integration, teamwork and discipline are all parts of a successful communication under any circumstances. These values and qualities are playfully imparted to children and youngsters. That is what we want to take part in.
Our employees should feel well in order to have good ideas. Therefore we established a health team which develops and implements activities on the subject of health, organisation and team building. Recently a survey was conducted among the employees, and the result was extremely motivating: nearly 72% of the respondents are happy to work with Walter Rau. Motivation and health of our employees are particularly important. We offer permanent “health checks”, a variety of sports programmes and continuous consulting services.
Sal fat – the oil pay of the Gond women in Makri, Chhattisgarh, India. On July 28, a sunny Saturday morning, we headed for our audit trip to India. From Düsseldorf we went to New Delhi via Abu Dhabi and from there with Air India to Raipur via Nagpur.