ORIOR is aware of its environmental footprint. One of our declared aims is to manage resources in a responsible way, and this is given a high priority by all our competence centres. We want to attain high energy efficiency scores, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and minimize food as well as production waste.
In order to ensure professional implementation of climate protection measures, all competence centres work with the Energie Agentur der Wirtschaft (EnAW) energy agency. As a service platform for companies, the EnAW helps industrial firms reduce CO2 emissions and increase energy efficiency. ORIOR’s voluntary accession to the EnAW programme reflects its commitment to these goals. The associated objectives are audited by the Swiss government. All activities are geared to suit the particular company and follow the principle of cost-effectiveness. In addition, all new investments are reviewed in terms of their CO2 footprint.
ORIOR AG’s centres of competence have continuously optimised their production processes and logistics for years with the objective of reducing waste. Avoidance of production waste deserves utmost attention not only from a moral standpoint but also for reasons of cost efficiency. However, no matter how hard we try, food waste cannot be entirely eliminated; sometimes, due to damaged packaging, short use-by periods, excess production, etc., products cannot be brought to market through the normal sales channels. In such cases we collaborate with partners to find solutions for selling the food that is still safe to eat. For example, all ORIOR operations work with partners like “Tischlein deck dich”, “Schweizer Tafel” or the Ticinese “Tavolino magico”. These three organisations collect discarded food and distribute it to needy people in Switzerland.
RELEVANT REDUCTION OF WASTE
Food waste was reduced once again thanks to further investment in process improvement and in our production facilities. Five of the 7 centres of competence lowered the ratio of waste per kilogram of food produced by about 10% from already very low waste levels. Every reduction in food waste promotes the sustainability of our business operations and is good for our financial performance as well. ORIOR will therefore continue to optimize its processes and invest in modern infrastructure with the aim of reducing waste even further.
AUTOMATED PAYMENT PROCESSING SYSTEM
In the summer of 2017, we began to migrate to an automated payment processing system for ORIOR Switzerland. Paperless routing, approval, payment and archiving of tens of thousands of invoices simplify internal workflows and reduce our workloads. Moreover, almost no paper is used when processing payments with the new system, which reduces consumption of this resource and helps the environment. By the end of 2017, 3 of 6 centres of competence in Switzerland had migrated to the new system. The remaining migrations are scheduled to take place during the current fiscal year.