Walker Emulsions continues to invest in research and development to add to our bio-based line of products. 2019 saw a considerable expansion of the technical department with the hiring of innovation and quality control managers, co-op students and junior chemists. This new scientific firepower will be aimed at new product development, current product improvements, and sourcing of sustainable alternatives for raw materials. We continue to utilize the Walker Industries Social-Economic-Environmental (SEE) Model in conjunction with other internal programs to understand how sustainability is integrate throughout our operations, as well as to identify, manage, and mitigate risk. We continue to encourage our employees to be involved within our communities, by providing them with 2 volunteer days.
We understand that sustainability is not an end, but a work in progress. It is about meeting today’s needs without compromising the wellbeing of future generations. In 2019, Walker Industries engaged their marketing department to rebrand all divisions under a single identity with the brand promise of “Building a sustainable future, together”. In designing the new logo, the three brushstrokes of the ‘W’ represent the sustainability SEE model (social, economic, environment) that all Walker Industries divisions use in their decision-making process. This rebranding is a reinforcement of Walker’s commitment to sustainable business development. For us, sustainability goes beyond social responsibility or ethics. It is what drives us to innovate and become pioneers in our industries.
We understand that sustainability is not an end, but a work in progress. Since setting the 20% GHG reduction target in 2017, Walker Emulsions has worked to identify areas of energy reduction and best practices for temperature management. As product temperature control is a large portion of our energy consumption Walker Emulsions has undergone a project to identify optimal operating temperatures during seasonal changes. We have improved our data collection and first the first time was able to report In Accordance with GRI. We look forward to transitioning our reporting to the new GRI Standards.
Walker Emulsions continues to invest in research and development to add to our bio-based line of products. We continue to utilize the Walker Industries Social-Economic-Environmental (SEE) Model in conjunction with other internal program to understand how sustainability is integrate throughout our operations, as well as to identify, manage, and mitigate risk. We are working to finalize our Climate Action Plan, which seeks to meet our climate objectives of mitigation, adaptation and resilience by integrating climate action into business planning. We continue to encourage our employees to be involved within our communities, by providing them 2 volunteer days. 2018 was the 15th Anniversary of our EARTH 1st Philosophy and in celebration of that, we created a contest that encouraged employees to complete various environmental activities, to show them how small actions can have a large impact. We were able to report energy saving, waste reduction, water conservation data and more back to our employees.
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