Danish Crown Joins Global Compact

by 5m Editor
2 March 2011, at 10:51am

DENMARK - Danish meat processor, Danish Crown is to join the United Nations’ Global Compact initiative - a protocol covering the areas of human rights, labour, freedom of association and environment.

"Danish Crown is an international business with divisions and undertakings worldwide. This means that both cultural and legislative differences are part of our daily lives, but it also means that we are able to draw on experiences from many different countries. Joining Global Compact is our way of ensuring that we are working from the same platform," said Danish Crown’s CFO, Preben Sunke.

Global Compact should be perceived as a common denominator, and national legislation or traditions in some countries currently lead to deviations from the joint guidelines.

For this reason, the Global Compact initiative will provide a good starting point for further developing Danish Crown’s CSR profile.

"It goes without saying that pay levels, union membership take-up, environmental standards and social responsibility vary from one country to the next.

"Denmark has come a long way in some areas, whereas in others we can certainly learn from other countries. Knowing about the situation in various countries is clearly an advantage," said Preben Sunke.

In connection with its annual report for 2009/10, Danish Crown presented a CSR policy for the group, which will both guide and lift the group’s CSR activities in the coming years.

Danish Crown will prepare detailed guidelines for all its CSR areas shortly.