US — Agricultural commodity trading company Scoular has released its second annual sustainability report, highlighting progress made in the journey towards building a better-for-the-environment business.
In its report, the company shared the steps it had so far undertaken to reduce its carbon footprint and to protect ecosystems through responsible marine sourcing.
Scoular revealed that it had made investments in processes, infrastructure, and technologies aimed at reducing truck emissions in an effort to cut down its carbon footprint. Truck dump times and weighing/scaling times decreased.
The company also created a new sustainability program that incentivizes fishmeal producers to implement long-term sustainability practices that exceed standard certification requirements.
A new safety system was launched at Scoular to improve reporting practices and proactively identify and eliminate hazards. The company also saw a decline in total reportable cases (TRC) of injuries.
To promote diversity and inclusion, Scoular started a third employee resource group, Scoular Ethnicities and People of Color, joining Scoular Women Influencing Culture and Scoular Proud Ally Network. The company also added a paid mental health day for all employees.
For community engagement, every employee at Scoular now has eight hours of paid volunteer time per year and expanded volunteer opportunities with community parties and giving events at locations worldwide.
In the same vein, the company also developed a board member development program and grew the number of Scoular leaders serving in non-profit board leadership roles.
“I am pleased at Scoular’s progress over the last year and look forward to the year ahead as we build on our strategies to operate with integrity and offer safe, reliable and responsible supply chain solutions,” said Paul Maass, chief executive officer of Scoular.
In 2021, the company publicly launched its sustainability strategy and commitments it aims to reach by 2025.
One year into the strategy, the company has certainly made progress which its proud of and looks to build upon as it continues its journey to a greener working environment.
“As we shifted from the early stages of our sustainability strategy to year two, we experienced tremendous learning about our path to success, while also fostering new partnerships to reach our sustainability goals,” said Megan Belcher, chief legal and external affairs officer at Scoular.
“We are excited to share our progress as we work with employees, customers and partners to benefit the entire supply chain.”