Recognising the importance of education and awareness at the grassroots, Denis Asia Pacific Pte Ltd holds staff campaigns like Environment Week and Green office week to educate and raise awareness on how each person can contribute to environmental conservation though lifestyle changes and green workplace ethics. These events are held bi-monthly and highlight topics such as oil pollution, water savings, waste management, air-conditioning systems or water treatment, in order to help staff understand environmental issues, and to create a sense of responsibility, commitment and policy ownership.
Words from the winner
Denis Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Feeding Green Growth
With sustainability comes profit.
Denis Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (DAP) is part of the Denis Group which was established in 1892. Based in Singapore, this holding company’s main activities are the manufacturing and distribution of leading established food and beverage brands such as Ayam Brand, Alce Nero, duChef, Guinea’s food, MyKenzen, Noblekitchen and Richman.
Denis Asia Pacific Pte Ltd has been a member of U.N. Global Compact, Network Singapore since January 1st 2016 and has strongly embraced sustainability and adopted UNGC’s ten principles in its company values and policies. These principles are categorised into Environment, Social and Governance (ESG). DAP’s sustainablility initiatives are defined and monitored by the ESG Committee, which is steered by the company Chairman, two CEOs and a dedicated team of top level management who determine ESG strategies, policy-setting, monitoring and reporting.
The company has implemented several significant environmental sustainability programmes, one of which is to attain Green Mark certification for all their buildings and facilities by 2030. The DAP Singapore office was the first to attain the BCA Green Mark, followed by the Malaysian facility. This benchmarking scheme incorporates internationally recognized best practices in environmental design and performance in order to facilitate a reduction in energy, water and material resource usage; while improving indoor environmental quality. Additionally, the factories and logistics centre in Malaysia are certified ISO 14001 – an internationally recognised stardard in the EU’s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme.
All of DAP’s manufacturing activities are evaluated annually through an Environmental Management System and monitored by the ESG committee to identify significant impacts of their energy consumption. In its efforts to reduce carbon footprint, in 2018, the Solar Project saw the installation of 4,065 solar panels in their main industrial and logistics site in Taiping, Malaysia. Aimed at producing around 25 percent of the site’s electricity needs, the solar plant is estimated to reduce carbon emission by 1,300 tCO2e per year; equivalent to ten percent of the total target. Through their on-going sustainability programmes, DAP has targeted to reduce their green house gas emissions by 15 percent.
Two main challenges which were identified in the supply sector were the sourcing of palm oil and tuna. DAP adheres to responsible sourcing and adheres to food safety regulations by implementing BPA-free can linings and sourcing only sustainable tuna free from mercury and radioactivity from the Pacific. DAP is among the founding members of the East Asia Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil (SASPO) and likewise, adopts a policy of ‘responsible use’ of palm oil, by using sustainable certified palm oil or alternative healthy vegetable oil. The company currently is 99.5 percent certified as sustainable for its palm oil ingredients and products and aims to achieve 100 percent status by 2019.
DAP made positive gains for the environment by reducing 19 percent of their packaging by replacing it with recycled packaging cartons. For three consecutive years, their factories have managed to use fewer packaging materials despite increasing production. The company also practises waste segregation throughout its facilities, enabling them to give a second life to 86 percent of their waste.