In the Danish agriculture and food industry, responsibility is about providing solutions to the challenges from society, whether they are local, national or global.
The industry is aware of the environmental impacts of modern farming and food production and aims to take care of natural resources.
The Danish agriculture and food industry is Denmark's largest industry - an innovation cluster employing approximately 150,000 people. Denmark's food production can feed 15 million people, and twothirds of this production is exported.
The Danish agriculture and food industry wants
to contribute to meeting the demand for more food to more people, healthy food, a
diverse food supply of high quality, a high standard of food safety, traceability
of food origins and organic food.
Due to its efficiency, the industry is able to provide solutions to some of the global challenges regarding better animal welfare, increasing agricultural production using less fossil fuels, lowering carbon emissions and protecting nature and the environment. Moreover, Danish agriculture has a great potential for producing biomass for both energy and materials.
Denmark has a
long history of exporting agricultural products of supreme quality. Danish gastronomy
has become world famous in recent years. Unique conditions offered by the bright but
Danish summer contribute to raw materials of exquisite quality, combined with respect for ethical farming methods.
In developing countries and emerging markets, reasonable pricing to improve food security for the low-income segments of the population, food safety and food quality are generally given priority compared to generic CSR issues as workers conditions, health and safety for producers, etc. In some European countries where CSR is a more well-established concept, not least within the food industries, the generic issues are also taking a back-seat, but for a different reason. Here the trend is to focus more on broader issues of sustainability, as e.g. sustainable fishing, organic farming, Fair Trade, and animal welfare.
The basic CSR issues are still expected to be dealt with by companies, but at present they do not just attract the same attention as issues related to depletion of natural resources and damage to the environment. The CSR agenda is not only driven by consumers, NGO's and the media, but also by companies whose businesses are interrelated, e.g. through the same retailer.