Economic responsibility
  • Achievement of financial objectives for HKScan and its stakeholders
  • Investments, production management and employment security
  • Significant direct and indirect tax footprint
  • Improved sourcing of production animals, materials and services
  • Improved profitability, cash flow and primary production productivity
  • New poultry production facility investment project in Finland
  • Stronger balance sheet and improved net gearing
  • Restructured debt maturity
  • Progress of cross-border primary production collaboration groups targeting systematic improvement of best practices and economic performance
  • Ongoing work to provide producer services supporting primary producers’ performance
Social responsibility
Responsible products
  • Continuous improvement of Food safety and quality systems (ISO/FSSC 22000, BRC, IFS, ISO 9001)
  • Control of microbiological, chemical and physical risks, maintenance and control of salmonella-free status
  • Production of safe, tasty and nutritionally balanced products
  • Brand promises of selected brands using only domestic meat
  • Traceability from farm to fork: HKScan’s own farms and contract producers, imported meat originating from audited slaughterhouses
  • Clear and transparent product information
  • All production plants are third-party certified according to international food safety management standards
  • First harmonized Group-wide food safety guidelines put in place
  • Continuous reduction of salt, phosphate, nitrite (Sweden, Finland)
  • Iodized salt introduced at the beginning of 2016 (Finland)
  • Wide assortment of products supporting cardiac health: “Sydänmerkki”  products in Finland and “Nyckelhål” products in Sweden
  • Special concepts: Omega-3 rapeseed-fed pork (Rypsiporsas® in Finland, Rapsgris® in Sweden), corn-fed chicken (Majs Plus kylling in Denmark) and organic products throughout the Group
  • HK®, Kariniemen®, Scan®: meat of domestic origin
  • Flodins®: HKScan meat
  • Continuous improvement and harmonization of employee wellbeing and workplace safety processes
  • Promotion of equality and diversity
  • Competence development
  • Common Group-wide HR guidelines adopted
  • Systematic development actions taken on the Group-wide Employee Engagement Survey (EES)
  • Harmonized work uniforms adopted throughout the Group
  • Implementation of Group-wide job grading system for white collar employees
  • Launch of the HKScan Leadership Academy
Responsible supply chain
  • Primary production based on long-term contract production or on HKScan’s own farms
  • Extended supplier and subcontractor evaluation and assessment process
  • All meat-supplying slaughterhouses are audited; meat sourced only from audited slaughterhouses
  • Management of ethical risks
  • Collaboration and advisory services provided to contract producers
  • Group-wide supplier and sub-contractor evaluation and approval process developed further
  • All sub-contractors and meat suppliers evaluated and audited
  • All meat sourcing only from audited meat suppliers
  • Supplier Code of Conduct (HKScan Group's Supplier Guidelines) adopted
  • Evaluation of suppliers from CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) perspective ongoing
  • Membership in the Roundtable of Responsible Soy (RTRS) and responsible soy commitment
  • Membership in the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
Animal health and welfare
  • Common indicators and measures in use, as well as sharing of best practices across the Group
  • Retain very low usage of antibiotics and other medication, which is to be subject to continuous monitoring and strict control
  • Proactive assessment and management of animal disease risks
  • Animal welfare and animal sourcing policies adopted
  • Animal health and welfare monitoring implemented throughout the value chain, including production, transport and slaughtering. Common KPIs for transport and slaughtering
  • Ensuring compliance in our own operations through external and internal audits of animal welfare in slaughtering operations
  • Investment in slaughterhouses: improved animal welfare
  • Use of antibiotics in primary production registered and controlled throughout the Group
  • Increased collaboration to assess and mitigate risks related to animal diseases
  • African swine fever (ASF) risk management in Estonia
  • ASF prevention in Finland and Sweden
  • Improved energy efficiency and reduction of GHG emissions
  • Reduction of wastage in production and food waste reduction through enhanced packaging solutions
  • Efficient use of raw materials by using the whole carcass
  • Reduction and management of waste and wastewater
  • Reduced and fully controlled use of chemicals
  • Energy efficiency project targeted at reducing energy usage by 10 per cent in relation to net sales from 2014 to 2017, energy reviews,  investments  and increased use of renewable energy
  • Continuous  GHG emission calculations for the whole Group (GHG protocol, Scope 1 and 2)
  • Production-related wastage reduction through improvements in production, and food waste reduction through packaging solutions and the Social Supermarket in Sweden
  • Continuous improvements in the Biotech business line: further optimized utilization of by-products and biomass
  • Improvement of wastewater treatment through investments in sewage treatment plants in Mikkeli and Outokumpu, Finland
  • Improvement of waste recycling
  • Biogas adopted in Skara, Sweden, and additional studies are ongoing regarding further biogas options
  • Chemical management system in use