Trouw Nutrition is committed to our pets, as well as the environment we all share. Our companywide program, NuterraTM, sets forth our sustainability initiatives and goals for creating a better future. The program includes four main areas:
At the forefront of our business and Nuterra are our Nutritional Solutions. With our rigorous Quality Control program, every Trouw Nutrition pet vitamin premix receives an average of 101 quality checks. Such scrutiny greatly reduces our need to dispose of erroneous batches, creating unnecessary waste.
Within our lab, we employ Near Infrared (NIR) analysis to ensure premix uniformity. This method produces no hazardous waste, requires no chemicals or consumables, and is non-destructive.
Trouw Nutrition carefully sources and evaluates all of the 300+ ingredients actively used in our Companion Animal facilities, and all suppliers must sign our Supplier Code of Conduct. The Supplier Code of Conduct addresses Trouw Nutrition’s expectations and criteria of its suppliers, including legal, environmental, pesticide use, water use, antibiotic use, traceability, human rights, labor rights and conditions, and other material issues. Suppliers must commit to responsible waste management, minimizing community impact, and reducing, reusing or recycling as much as possible. All our pet food plants are free from antibiotics and drugs.
Our Tasco® product, derived from an ultra-resilient seaweed and used to promote digestive and immune health in pets, is carefully harvested below the annual growth rate to ensure the kelp beds can replenish themselves. Professional fisher-harvesters use GPS guidance to help ensure minimal environmental impact, and they harvest the seaweed by hand to protect the kelp bed integrity. Solar drying of the kelp conserves energy and reduces carbon footprint and greenhouse gases. Throughout collection, processing, packaging and storage of Tasco, samples are analyzed to ensure the product is free of hormones, pesticides, insecticides and solvents.
Our focus areas for sustainable operations include energy, carbon dioxide emissions, waste generation, water use, and human resources.
Not only do our offices and plants use energy-efficient LED lights, but they also use sensors to automatically shut off when employees are not present to use the light. We also use LED screens for our monitors and laptops, helping to conserve energy. Power consumption is also reduced through the virtualization of our servers, drastically reducing hardware needs. Each office shares an economic multifunctional printer to eliminate the need for personal desk-printers.
With carbon dioxide emissions directly contributing to climate change, causing temperatures and sea levels to rise, we continuously investigate options for cleaner energy sources, such as liquefied petroleum gas and liquefied natural gas.
We use recyclable product bags and recycle as much as possible across the organization with recycle bins at every work station. Through our “green IT program,” depreciated computers are sold or donated to schools rather than placed in landfills. All printers require access card authentication, increasing personal responsibility, and significantly reducing paper waste.
Toward increasing water availability and consequently bolstering community relations, Trouw Nutrition increases productivity per water input, lowers wastewater discharges and their pollutant load, reduces thermal energy consumption and, potentially, processing cost.
All our plants monitor energy, water and waste and review the trends as part of our routine business reporting and management processes. With this information, we fine-tune operating conditions to achieve the lowest energy and water use for the product being processed.
Last but certainly not least, we make every effort to provide the best working environment possible to preserve our employees’ health.
Every year our employees demonstrate their commitment to sustainability with various volunteer community projects, such as painting the local fairgrounds, building kennels at the local humane society, constructing a sign for the local FFA chapter’s field plot, helping stock the Highland Food Pantry, and landscaping at the Detroit Zoo.
The Trouw Nutrition Companion Animal Division meets monthly to discuss new sustainability initiatives and opportunities for improvement. Toward building a better tomorrow, Trouw Nutrition conducts a companywide annual review of our environmental performance. To learn more about Trouw Nutrition’s commitment to sustainability and our global initiatives, please review our latest Sustainability Report.