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Palsgaard 2014 CSR report wins top award

Palsgaard 2014 CSR report wins top award
September 11
08:46 2015


The Danish business world has given a gold-standard award to food ingredients manufacturer for sustainability reporting that “demonstrates dedication to CSR as an integrated part of the business.”


Juelsminde, Denmark, 7 September 2015

Denmark’s 21nd CSR conference, hosted by FSR Danish Auditors in conjunction with the Confederation of Danish Industry and The Danish Business Authority, has recognised international food ingredients manufacturer Palsgaard A/S’s 2014 CSR report as Denmark’s best in the Under 2000 Employee category.


The award was presented to the company’s CEO, Jakob Thoisen, by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary, in a ceremony that concluded the conference at the historic surroundings of the old Copenhagen stock exchange.


The CSR Award 2015 is bestowed on companies that produce remarkable CSR reports and which act to inspire others. Nominated CSR reports are assessed based on three broad criteria: Relevance, clarity and credibility. The integrated reporting category is evaluated in terms of the internationally recognised IIRC framework.


Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess explained the basis for Palsgaard’s award:


“Palsgaard has produced a complete, clear report, giving its reader a good understanding of the company’s CSR activities and Palsgaard’s determination to create ‘shared value’ based on the opportunities and risks it identifies in the value chain. As a producer of food ingredients, Palsgaard is focused on palm oil sustainability issues, where it has set ambitious goals to ensure it remains an industry front-runner.”


“The reader is guided along with good overviews and illustrations, and for each focus area, Palsgaard highlights its challenges, risks and future scenarios, which creates balance and provides insight into the company’s environment. The company describes its corporate governance well, demonstrating dedication to CSR as an integrated part of the business. Palsgaard’s report aligns with GRI G4, and comprises the company’s Communication on Progress for the UN Global Compact.”


For Jakob Thoisen, the accolade is yet another indication that the company is aligned with the needs of business and society: “Our 2014 CSR Report makes a clear statement that Palsgaard is committed to sustainability, answering an increasingly important requirement in the food manufacturing supply chain. We emphasise a high standard of reporting both as a way to enable better business with our stakeholders around the world, and as a tool that us helps to document and improve our overall performance.”


Joining Palsgaard on the podium as winners in their respective categories were Maersk Drilling, Carlsberg and Novo Nordisk. The prize has been awarded annually for no fewer than 21 years, and this is the second year in a row that it has been presented by H.R.H. the Crown Princess, herself an active proponent of sustainable development.


This isn’t the first time Palsgaard has been recognised by the annual conference for its CSR reporting practices, however. The company’s 2010 CSR report, in fact, won the national award as the best first-time CSR report.




For more information, please contact


Palsgaard A/S

Jakob Thoisen



Tel: +45 7682 7682



Palsgaard’s 2014 CSR report can be viewed online via this link.


Click here to watch a video about Palsgaard’s CSR work.



About Palsgaard
Palsgaard developed the world’s first commercial emulsifier a century ago – and it hasn’t stopped inventing since. Using R&D labs and application centers around the world, the company not only develops new emulsifiers or emulsifier/stabilizer solutions, it also helps food manufacturers make the most of them in their products within: Bakery, Confectionery, Ice cream, Margarine, Mayonnaise & Dressings. Palsgaard was founded more than a century ago with a mission, vision and values encompassing the concepts known today as Corporate Social Responsibility. The company’s main factory and headquarters are today situated in Denmark, with further manufacturing plants in China, the Netherlands, Mexico and a new facility in Malaysia.


Palsgaard is owned by the Schou Foundation, the main purpose of which is to operate by supporting relevant research for industry and development and to maintain the Palsgaard Estate for the overall benefit of its employees and the local community. Being owned by a foundation gives Palsgaard the freedom to take a more holistic, long-term view on investments and activities, as opposed to focusing solely on financial performance.


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