The United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) has defined sustainability as “the ability to satisfy current needs without compromising the possibility for future generations to satisfy their own needs.’’ The concept of sustainability combines three pillars: Economic growth, social equity and respect for the environment. The economic principle requires the adequate production of resources so that society can maintain a reasonable standard of living. The social equity principle implies that everybody be treated fairly and the environmental principle requires that society protect its environmental resources.
Regard for the environment and community growth are an integral part of our development policy. For us, sustainability begins long before industrial processing. It extends across every aspect of our business—from our products and services to our influence on society and the environment. Our sustainability policy covers several environmental and social issues, some of which are listed below.