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Key areas of activity

Working conditions and human rights

Appropriate working conditions and respect for human rights are of key importance to the entire Südzucker group. Südzucker thus assigns a high priority to measuring to what extent these values are implemented throughout the group. Statutory provisions related to work conditions, child labor, slavery and compulsory labor are regarded as the minimum standard. The rules of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) are also applied.

Code of conduct

The code of conduct that outlines the social responsibility of companies in the European sugar industry, which was signed by the Comité Européen des Fabricants de Sucre (CEFS) and the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT), has been in force since 2003.
Südzucker's own code of conduct is based on the sugar industry's code of conduct. Südzucker undertakes to conduct its business ethically, legally and responsibly. All of the company's sites around the world respect the code.
At the same time, Südzucker AG expects its suppliers and contractual partners to also comply with the guidelines outlined in this directive. You can find the code of conduct on our website at http://www.suedzucker.de/en/Downloads/Lieferantenmanagement/


Südzucker is a member of the online platform SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), which is known worldwide. It demonstrates to our customers and partners that we prioritize and adhere to the principles of ethical and social sustainability. Many Südzucker Group locations are audited according to SMETA. The audit reports can be provided to customers on request.