Loacker - regional roots, global presence.
“We assume responsibility for people and nature in the entire supply chain.”
Vision and responsibility for nature worth living in, and a human society, combined with long-term economic success have defined our company for generations.
We are convinced that high product and service quality as well as environmental protection and observing social and ethical principles and economic success should not be a conflict today and for future generations. They are important components in securing the independence and long-term existence of the company.
To us, sustainability means a holistic balance between the company's core issues quality, economic success and social, ethical and ecological responsibility. Sustainability in this sense is entitlement at the same time as the driving and defining force behind the healthy growth of our company.
Our basic attitude in terms of sustainability is deeply embedded in the core of our company, i.e. in our mission, vision and core values. This is the only way sustainability can be integrated consistently in the company and the direction of our policy and the entire processes can be guaranteed.
Towards the individual person and his/her well-being and towards a holistic cycle of human, ecology and economy. We make people all over the world happy with our pure and wholesome natural goodness.
The focus of our vision is the consumer and responsibility for the environment, people and the overall cycle. Proximity to consumers and analysis of their needs is our driving force and motivation for constant innovation and diversification. At the end of the day, this is part of the responsibility we assume for people and nature in the entire supply chain.
Securing high quality raw materials and their sustainable acquisition are great future challenges. One of the most important resources for Loacker are hazelnuts: After all, Loacker Napolitaner wafers are named after the hazelnuts from Naples and its surroundings. In order to secure high quality hazelnuts long-term and to acquire them sustainably, Loacker is starting its own cultivation and contract cultivation of hazelnuts in Tuscany: In an area of 240 hectares close to Migliorina in the Orbetello parish (Tuscany), our own agricultural holding is being set up. In an area of 150 hectares - the size of about 120 football pitches - Loacker will independently cultivate hazelnuts in the future, with the first 50 hectares having been planted with over 20,000 seedlings in 2015. a) Sustainable cultivation is held in high regard, and we also get local farmers involved in this.
In addition, an irrigation process was installed which uses 30 per cent less of previously required amounts of water. From a full crop, about 350 tonnes of hazelnuts can be harvested in this area, which is 20 to 25 per cent of the requirement. The plan is to expand independent hazelnut cultivation in Italy.
Our employees are crucial for the positive development of our company. Skills and experience, service and commitment, enthusiasm and passion are the prerequisites to fulfil the high requirements which we and others have for us.
We demand and support professional and personal development and strive to create an environment in which employees can open up and grow, find their purpose, assume responsibility and thus deliver top performance.
Our external appearance is characterised by fair competition, solid and long-term business relationships with customers and suppliers and good co-operation with public institutions.
As an internationally-orientated company, we work with people of different cultures and languages within and outside the company. We believe that understanding and respecting how others think, being open and honest with one another and having an appreciative approach is the basis for mutual growth and profitable, long-term co-operation.
We see it as our duty and daily challenge to maintain nature and to consciously recognise our ecological responsibility in our corporate actions. This results from our deep conviction that ecological behaviour and corporate actions complement each other profitably in the long-term. This includes the resource-friendly and low-emission design of our production processes and locations as well as acquisition of commodities and closing the goods cycle in terms of our packaging material.
Healthy and sustainable growth, risk spreading, profitability and mainly equity financing ensure the stability and therefore the independence of the Loacker family business. We have always put the emphasis on solid equity financing. On the one hand, this provides better independence from finance markets and, on the other hand, it gives us the financial scope we need to use investment and growth opportunities as well as surviving times of crisis without problems. In order to maintain this equity basis, this entrepreneurial family has always mainly foregone dividend payouts. The profits made are re-invested into the company instead. Based on the high capital intensity, this is an essential requirement to be able to finance the continuing growth of the company with our own means. We also see ourselves as a responsible member of the local economy and part of the general public. Therefore, we do not have aggressive tax policies with the target of shifting profits to low-tax countries. We pay our taxes where we are active and where we generate added value.
In 2018 Loacker joined the UN Global Compact – a voluntary initiative for socially responsible businesses. As a member of the UN Global Compact, we support the ten principles which reflect the basic concepts of fairness, honesty and respect for people and our environment in our daily business actions.