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Chr. Hansen ranked as the most sustainable company in the world

Press release   •   Jan 22, 2019 05:00 UTC

Topping the 2019 global index of the 100 most sustainable companies, as announced during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

One month short of its official 145th anniversary, global bioscience company Chr. Hansen is ranked the most sustainable company in the world by Corporate Knights, a specialized Toronto-based media and investment research firm.

This was announced during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 22, 2019, upon the release of Corporate Knights’ 15th annual Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World ranking. More than 7,500 companies have been analyzed against global industry peers on a number of quantitative key performance indicators. Chr. Hansen scored 100% on the ‘clean revenue’ indicator, reflecting that the company’s products have clear environmental and certain social benefits, as stated in Corporate Knights’ definition.

The power of good bacteria

“We are extremely proud and humble to receive this amazing honor. I believe that one of the reasons why Chr. Hansen has been ranked as #1 is because the world is beginning to understand the power of good bacteria and the impact it can have on some of the major challenges the world is facing, such as food waste, antibiotic overuse and the need for a more sustainable agricultural sector to feed a growing world population while preserving our planet for future generations,” says CEO Mauricio Graber.

“Chr. Hansen is dedicated to promoting a wider adoption of natural solutions, and we are truly proud of our products which are consumed by more than 1 billion people every day. Having a global reach like that is indeed a great responsibility as well as an opportunity to make a positive difference for people, animals and plants. We are fortunate to have customers all over the world who are with us on this journey – determined to promote sustainable and natural products to the end-user,” Graber elaborates.

“We have, among other things, been recognized for our efforts to measure our impact on the UN Global Goals; 82% of our revenue directly supports these goals, and PWC has reviewed our methodology to document this.”

Sustainability – an integral part of the business

Chr. Hansen has been supplying natural ingredients to the food industry since 1874. The understanding and respect for nature’s scarce resources has always been an integral part of the company’s DNA.

Today sustainability remains at the core of Chr. Hansen, reflected by the name of the corporate strategy 2022: ‘Nature’s No. 1 – Sustainably’. The strategy focuses on developing natural solutions for the global food, health and agricultural industries in a sustainable manner. The UN Global Goals are used as a framework to link the impact of the corporate strategy to sustainable development, and the performance is measured and reported on an annual basis.

“Working for a better world is deeply rooted in our product portfolio and organizational culture. As a company this gives us a very strong purpose that is closely linked to sustainability, and which our employees fully identify with. They are proud of working for a meaningful cause and contributing to a higher purpose every day,” underlines Mauricio Graber.

“However, we are far from done. We still have a long way to go on our sustainability journey, but we sincerely hope that we can use this accolade to raise more awareness of the power and potential of good bacteria as part of a sustainable solution to a number of challenges facing our planet,” he concludes.


Did you know that…?

  • Chr. Hansen first published its sustainability commitment in 1949.
  • Good bacteria can reduce food waste by making fresh products last longer – naturally.
  • Good bacteria are as efficient as chemical pesticides for a number of crops when it comes to protecting them.
  • Good bacteria added to feed can contribute to reducing the use of antibiotics in the food chain.
  • Probiotic means ‘for life’. Studies show that probiotics may have beneficial effects on gastrointestinal and immune function for people.
  • You probably had a bite of Chr. Hansen this morning. We’re in every second cheese and yogurt in the world!

About Corporate Knights

Corporate Knights Inc. includes the sustainable business magazine Corporate Knights and a research division that produces rankings and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance. 

About the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World: The Global 100 is an annual project initiated by Corporate Knights, the company for clean capitalism. Launched in 2005, the Global 100 is announced annually on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Chr. Hansen is a leading, global bioscience company that develops natural ingredient solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. We develop and produce cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colors for a rich variety of foods, confectionery, beverages, dietary supplements and even animal feed and plant protection. Our product innovation is based on more than 30,000 microbial strains – we like to refer to them as ‘good bacteria’. Our solutions enable food manufacturers to produce more with less – while also reducing the use of chemicals and other synthetic additives – which make our products highly relevant in today’s world. We have been delivering value to our partners – and, ultimately, end consumers worldwide – for over 140 years. We are proud that more than one billion people consume products containing our natural ingredients every day. Corporate responsibility is an integral part of Chr. Hansen’s vision to improve food and health. In 2019 Chr. Hansen was ranked as the world’s most sustainable company by Corporate Knights thanks to our strong sustainability efforts and our many collaborative partnerships with our customers. Revenue in the 2017/18 financial year was EUR 1,097 million. Chr. Hansen was founded in 1874 and is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen.

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