Our QESH department (Quality, Environment, Safety and Health) is responsible for the daily care of your products. In this discipline, which focuses on quality, working conditions, the environment and CSR within our company, the word QUALITY is written in Capital Letters.
Our QESH team systematically puts into practice the legal obligations and it carries out a policy focused on achieving the best possible conditions in the area of quality, working conditions and the environment.
Our QESH management system uses a system that ensures actions are based on plans and are carried out according to established policy. Subsequently, it checks whether the actions were effective and have adequately contributed to realising the QESH policy. If necessary, the team carries out improvement actions.
1. Food safety
The safety of food is a worldwide concern. Not only because of the continuous concern for public health, but also because of the impact of food safety on international trade. Effective food-safety systems are deployed to guarantee the quality of our foodstuffs.
What is the BRC certification?
BRC stands for British Retail Consortium. The BRC norm defines the hygiene and food-safety requirements for food-processing/producing companies that deliver directly to the retail sector. In the Netherlands, for example, this is demanded by all supermarkets. The producer or supplier needs to pass only one BRC audit and with a single report can service all customers.
What is an IFS certification?
The International Food Standard (IFS) is also called the German/French counterpart of the British BRC standard. The IFS is also supported by the Italian retain associations Ancc, Ancd and the Federdistribuzione. The IFS is a general standard and it is suitable for all sectors in the food industry. There are actually no specific requirements set for certain links in the chain or for certain product groups.
What does quality mean to us?
Applying quality to the entire chain of the raw materials up to the finished product. What do we define as quality in our sector?
What is the ISO 9001 certification?
The important topics of ISO 9001 are:
- quality planning for achieving the objectives in quality;
- executive assessments and internal audits;
- corrective and preventive measures;
- monitoring / measuring customer satisfaction;
- identifying legislation and regulations;
- continuous improvement.
The procedure of ISO 9001
ISO 9001 is a generic, international standard, published by the International Standardization Organisation. The purpose of ISO 9001 is to standardise the international requirements for quality systems and to make them quantifiable and verifiable. ISO 9001 can be applied to any type of organisation and it is mainly geared on ensuring that all relevant processes in the organisation are controlled from purchase and production to sales and service.
3. Environment and sustainability management
Environmental care and environmental management are at the core of QESH. Shaping the environmental policy and anchoring it in the organisation are very important topics. We set our sights high on these aspects and they receive utmost attention in our organisation. Together we examine what the advantages of environmental care mean to our organisation and subsequently, we gear our daily activities to this.
4. Health and Safety
- OHSAS 18001 is the norm accepted as a certified standard for health & care management systems.
- OHSAS, which stands for Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series, was developed in the United Kingdom in collaboration with various European and Australian institutes that establish norms.
- The standard is considered the management system for health and safety at the workplace. The purpose of OHSAS 18001 is to identify operational risks and to minimise and control them.
- OHSAS 18001 is based on the international standards ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
5. Corporate Social Responsibility
DIS is certified by Ecovadis, an independent agency in the area of CSR.
Why do we want to reduce CO2 emission?
CO2 is an odourless and colourless gas in nature. Normally, CO2 is turned into oxygen by plants. CO2 is the chemical name for carbon dioxide. This compound is released when burning fossil fuels, such as oil and natural gas. Emission of CO2 by heavy industries and vehicles is a big problem in particular and therefore, it is very important to reduce CO2 emissions. DIS is aware of this and works systematically on reducing its CO2 emission.
How do we plan to reduce the emission of CO2?
Together with our engineers, suppliers and specialists in the area of optimisation, we try time and again through ideas, tests and improvements to save on energy in our factory processes. Furthermore, we take responsibility in all our projects by including the environment as a factor in the choices we make. Take for example better insulation of our installations, introducing LED lighting, reusing residual heat, solar energy, recycling of waste flows and optimising production to create new raw materials from waste.