Freitag, 23. März 2018

"Care" as a guiding principle

Sustainability Report 2015

Eberbach, Germany, (lifePR) - "We care about people, society and the environment", this is the guiding principle of GELITA AG, Eberbach, which is expressed in the company's corporate value "Care". In recent years, the company has consistently invested in efficient processes and modern technologies at every location and supported numerous social projects. GELITA's Sustainability Report 2015 documents their progress, and is available in English at

As one of the leading global manufacturers of natural collagen proteins, GELITA is particularly committed to the environment and to society. "Sustainability is not just a part of our strategy; a healthy environment and society are the prerequisite for GELITA's success in the market. I consider managing and developing the company from an environmental, social and economic point of view as important tasks for the future", says Dr. Franz Josef Konert, CEO of GELITA AG. "As we process natural raw materials, the sustainable use of natural resources is of vital importance for us. We are aware of this responsibility and act accordingly."

GELITA continually strives to improve the existing processes at all 21 production plants and to reduce the consequences of its activities on the environment. The 2015 Sustainability Report presents some selected projects. The measures range from converting to LED lighting, optimizing production processes and transport routes, to recycling production waste. The report shows the development of important environmental issues from 2013 to 2015: The energy consumption per kilogram of product sank by 15.6%, the amount of fresh water required decreased by 17.3%, waste water volume declined by 12.7%, and waste material dropped by 32.2%. The production volume increased in the same period from around 251,000 to approx. 259,000 tonnes.

Focus on employees and society
With a view to sustainable corporate management, GELITA invested in modern work environments and measures for the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases as well as work-related illnesses. The number of workplace accidents decreased from 103 in 2014 to 58 in 2015. With its own gyms or vouchers for external offers, the company also encourages a healthy lifestyle. In addition, all of the employees participate in GELITA's success. As part of its social commitment, GELITA AG supported 66 projects worldwide in 2015.

Contribution to sustainable business operations
GELITA produces gelatine and collagen peptides from natural animal raw materials that are obtained from the by-products of meat production, such as bovine hide, pig skin and bones. We only process raw materials from animals that have been approved for human consumption. Gelatine is used in foodstuffs, and pharmaceutical and industrial applications. GELITA collagen peptides stimulate certain cells in the human body to produce collagen, thus promoting resilient joints, strong bones and firm skin. Collagen is the most common protein in the body (30%).

When treating raw animal materials for gelatine, minerals, fat and functional proteins remain after processing. GELITA has developed complex processes to produce quality products out of these residual leftovers. Among others, they are very popular in the agricultural industry as animal feed or fertilizer. "We utilize 100% of the raw materials", says Michael Teppner, Head of Marketing & Communications. "This is in line with our ethical responsibilities. This is one of our contributions to sustainable operations in agriculture and the food industry." 
As one of the world's leading producers, the GELITA Group manufactures collagen proteins in 21 plants on all five continents. These are used as gelatin in food and pharmaceutical products and for technical applications.
Collagen peptides are active ingredients in products against joint and bone pain, for muscle building, weight loss and wrinkle reduction. The headquarters of the GELITA Group are located in Eberbach, Germany. In 2015 the company achieved a turnover of 675 million euros with more than 2,400 employees. GELITA is an active supporting member of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. 
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GELITA is the leading company for manufacturing and marketing collagen proteins. Coordinated from the headquarters in Eberbach, Germany, GELITA provides customers around the world with products of the highest standard, comprehensive technical expertise and sophisticated solutions. More than 20 sites and a global expert network ensure that state-of-the-art know-how is always available for customers. With 140 years of experience in the field of collagen proteins are the basis of GELITA's performance. A strong requirement for innovation is the driving force of the family-owned company that is always looking for new solutions for food, pharmaceutical, health & nutrition as well as for technical applications.

Within the range of collagen proteins, GELITA supplies collagen peptides with proven body-stimulating capabilities, tailor-made gelatines and non- or partly- water soluble collagens. This holistic range of products in combination with its vast experience in developing solutions for different applications makes GELITA first choice for its customers. In today's landscape of highest consumer demands, manufacturers of food products have to rely on natural, healthy, non-allergenic ingredients for their developments. Collagen proteins from GELITA are the perfect match for this as they fulfill all of these requirements, a particular plus being the fact that they are foodstuffs in their own right (e.g. no E-number). They also possess a set of unique technical and physiological properties.

Besides the traditional use of collagen proteins as natural stabilizers and emulsifiers for countless products, they enable manufacturers to provide their products with other properties which are becoming more and more important. GELITA has intensified its research in developing solutions for physical mobility, weight management and beauty from within.

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