Fastest climber: Wessanen
Wessanen wins the theme price as fastest climber. The food group has risen up to 77 pitches and wins the 27th place on the Transparency Benchmark. Sustainability is embedded in Wessanen’s DNA. That becomes also clear when visiting the website. It states with capital letters “Our organic food, your natural choice”. The company’s brands include Whole Earth, Zonnatura and Ekoland. The purpose of Wessanen is not only producing healthy and delicious products, but also creating a sustainable society, now and in the future. The website also shows that the employees are proud to work for a company that generates its revenue in a manner which is in line with employee’s attitude of life.
Wessanen shows with its annual report that the strategic decision of the Board of Directors to fully invest in the European market of organic products, leads to better transparency about the strategy and policy for sustainability. The report provides a detailed description of what organic products are and that the quality of non-financial information is greatly improved. Some of the improvements: the chain in which the company operates received more attention, the remuneration policy is more transparent, there is an explanation added to the duties and responsibilities within the organization with regard to CSR, dilemmas are exposed and stakeholder engagement recieved a great impulse. On the assessment categories like reliability and results there are opportunities to improve, yet it is remarcable that Wessanen was able to provide all the above improvements in a thinner (from 120 pages to 108 pages) report. In this context it is clear that: less is more.