FRoSTA is committed to climate protection and greater sustainability
FRoSTA AG produces frozen products such as convenience foods, fish and vegetables and distributes them in many European countries. Already since 2008, Dr. Ulrike Eberle from corsus has been advising FRoSTA on the impact of its products on the environment and climate change as well as on further sustainability strategy and reporting.
The cooperation began with a pilot project on the Product Carbon Footprint (PCF), which Ulrike Eberle carried out under the direction of the Öko-Institut in cooperation with WWF Germany, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and THEMA1. In the project, selected companies were given the opportunity to determine the CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases for their products, so-called Product Carbon Footprints (PCF). Participating companies included FRoSTA, dm-drogerie markt GmbH&Co.KG, REWE GmbH, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Tchibo GmbH, TetraPak and Deutsche Telekom AG.
After calculating the first PCFs, FRoSTA began to create the carbon footprints in-house and integrate the calculation into the enterprise resource planning system (SAP). This enables FRoSTA to calculate the impact of its products, process lines or even individual production sites on the climate and other environmental impacts by simply pressing a button. The results are incorporated into management decisions at Frosta and investment decisions are not made without knowing the environmental impact as well as the costs.
If a product climate or ecological balance is to be published, a critical review is mandatory or – in the case of climate balances – at least advisable in order to check the method, the plausibility of the results, the robustness of the procedure and the data basis with regard to the requirements of the corresponding ISO standard (ISO 14040/44, ISO 14067). Due to the integration into the enterprise resource planning system, corsus has identified the critical interfaces for the testing process and pays special attention to their verification. corsus has been carrying out the accompanying critical review of the carbon footprint for many years, sometimes as a panel review, as in the case of Frosta’s innovative paper packaging.
“The accompanying critical review and the well-founded life cycle assessment expertise of corsus provide us with great support in integrating life cycle assessments into our enterprise resource planning system.”
Urban Buschmann, Head of Sustainability and Packaging Development
In addition, corsus advises FRoSTA on its sustainability strategy and on the preparation of sustainability reports. Over the years, Ulrike Eberle has repeatedly conducted workshops with the company’s managers and employees. The main topic was the development of the sustainability strategy in all its facets: Materiality analysis with the company’s internal stakeholders, definition of sustainability goals, reference to and contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the preparation of sustainability reports. Today, the SDGs form the basis of the sustainability strategy and are the backbone of the sustainability report, which is now prepared according to the standard of the German Sustainability Code (DNK). corsus has been advising FRoSTA on the reporting structure and indicators since the publication of the first sustainability report.
“Dr. Ulrike Eberle from corsus provides us with competent advice on all our sustainability issues, from our sustainability strategy and the Sustainable Development Goals to the sustainability report”.
Friederike Ahlers, Head of Public Relations
Thanks to its long-standing commitment to greater sustainability, FRoSTA 2020 was awarded the German Sustainability Award for the third time – this time for a development of innovative packaging made of 100% paper for frozen products.