Blog 4 – Sustainability & Social Responsibility: Ferrero India’s Approach

In our continuing blog series, Mr. Stefano Pelle, Managing Director of Ferrero India, talks of the key role of sustainability in all aspects of the Ferrero Group’s activities. In India, the Ferrero Group has sought to not only ensure sustainable production processes through the development of rooftop solar power for its manufacturing facilities but has also been actively engaged with local communities. Through myriad social responsibility activities that the company is engaged within India – from community education support programs and an integrated sports development initiative for all-round development of children, Mr. Pelle shares his thoughts on the meaning of Sustainability to the Ferrero Group.



Sustainability & Social Responsibility: Ferrero India’s Approach

The Ferrero Group’s approach to sustainability is based on the company’s social responsibility strategy: “Sharing Value to Create Value”

In line with our beliefs, Ferrero India, like the two other subsidiaries of Ferrero (Cameroon and South Africa) is part of the Michele Ferrero Entrepreneurial Project which has a two-fold mission:

  • Create jobs in less-advantaged areas of emerging economies.
  • Implement humanitarian and social projects aimed at safeguarding the health, education, and social development of children and young people in the communities where the project operates.
  • In India, the project was launched in 2007 by the late Mr. Michele Ferrero, the son of our founder, Mr. Pietro Ferrero.

You can find more information on the Michele Ferrero Entrepreneurial Project on the link below:

In India, Ferrero has established a state-of-the-art plant at Baramati to generate employment by providing members of the local community with an income to support their families while offering professional training.

Some of the features of our plant in Baramati include:

  • ISO 14001 certified and over 90% of our general wastes are recycled.
  • 5-stage wastewater treatment plant leading to zero liquid discharge from the factory.
  • Ferrero is working towards a circular packaging economy and has signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.
  • The company aims to make 100% packaging recyclable, reusable, or compostable by 2025.

Rooftop Solar installation – Eco-friendly Project

Our manufacturing facility in Baramati hosts Maharashtra’s biggest rooftop solar power installation. The plant has the potential to generate 2500 KW of clean energy, (12.4% of the factory load or yearly consumption of 3000 households) and reduces CO2 emissions by 2960 tons/year.

The Pietro Ferrero Kindergarten – A world-class childcare center

Inaugurated in 2014, the Pietro Ferrero Kindergarten Is a home away from home for approximately 140 employees and a community’s children. It is situated near the Ferrero plant and managed by a professional agency. Children from 6 months to 6 years are enrolled and provided with nutritional food, healthcare, early childhood education, and social skills which are the building blocks of a healthy future.

Engagement with the Anganwadi Program –Community education support project

Ferrero India has signed an MOU with the Pune Zilla Parishad to design and construct 8 Anganwadi centers in Baramati between 2020-22. The community will utilize these centers for school education and skills development. The first three Anganwadi is scheduled to be operational by September 2020.

Kinder+ Sport – An integrated sports development program

Kinder+ Sport is a Group CSR project dedicated to the all-round growth of children. Over 27 local sports teachers in India have been trained by experts from Italy and every year 500 children take part in the program in Baramati.

Our commitment to the responsible sourcing of raw materials

  • In 2015, Ferrero became one of the first global companies to source 100% sustainable palm oil certified by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
  • We are working towards sourcing 100% sustainable cocoa beans for all Ferrero products by the end of 2020.

The 10th Ferrero Group CSR report is a testimony to our renewed support for the United Nations Global Compact. We are focused on implementing good corporate governance and transparency; ethics and compliance; long-term values to support local communities, as well as innovation and digitalization.

You can learn more about our CSR activities on the link below:

Ferrero continues to expand its sustainable footprint in India through various programs and initiatives. Our approach focuses on environmental, agricultural, and social best practices to ensure that we are aligned to pursue 360° Sustainability Development goals.

Over 50% of the production at the Baramati plant is exported to several countries. 90% of the raw materials needed for production are sourced from within India. Thus, Ferrero India is in line with our Prime Minister’s “Make in India” initiative.

What does EU Excellence in India mean to Ferrero?

The EU Excellence in India program is an opportunity to foster greater cooperation between India and EU and is in line with our Company’s objective to address global challenges through a focus on sustainable development. Ferrero is a European Group, which has developed itself within Europe during the first few decades of its existence, and only at the beginning of the new century has started expanding in Asia. The India businesses are therefore relatively new and our factory in Maharashtra is less than ten years old. Despite this, Ferrero India represents one of the finest examples of European excellence in the country, both for its industrial set-up, as well as for the high quality of its products fully aligned with the European standards. Through this partnership, we hope to build strategic tie-ups with various stakeholders in government and communities, as well as leverage the collective good for our people and planet, which is the core of our Group’s philosophy.

About Ferrero:

The Ferrero Company has a turnover of Euro 10.7 billion and is today the 3rd largest chocolate producer and confectionery company in the world and is a leader in the chocolate and confectionery segment in India. Its products are sold in over 170 countries and the company has been driven by the core values of high quality, crafted precision, product freshness, careful selection of the finest raw materials, and respect for consumers.

Ferrero India started its commercial operations in 2004. In 2007 the Government of Maharashtra bestowed a mega status project for its state-of-the-art production plant at Baramati near Pune. Ferrero India has won several awards i.e. the Greentech Environment Award; Impresa Award for People Empowerment; the Best Human Response Award; Kronos Excellence Award for Workforce Management; Supplier Excellence Award and the CII Award for Commitment to Food Safety.

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