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Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 28/09/2017

Innovation is key to success - every entrepreneur knows it. Nevertheless, some of them seem to forget this golden rule on the path to business success. Product improvement and always striving for a higher quality and a better process efficiency should always stay at the core of every entrepreneur's philosophy.

An easy way to keep continuous improvement central for your company is to implement a continuous improvement cycle which will repeat itself and bring constant progress and innovation to your processes and products. One of the most used cycles is the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle, broadly through departments and industries.

We will today learn more about the PDCA Cycle and how to easily implement it in your company.

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FAMI-QS Certification - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 22/06/2017

Food safety is a daily concern for consumers but also for every stakeholder of the food industry. For animal products, feed safety is equally important especially in the light of different food scandals in the past years. To minimize health risks due to feed safety, the EU has implemented several regulations ruling a large part of the feed activities. To support companies with their feed quality and safety system, the FAMI-QS developed a certification specifically aiming the specialty feed ingredients and mixtures present in animal feed.

Today, we will learn more about the FAMI-QS certification and how to implement it in your manufacture.

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Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 15/06/2017

Limited resources, climate change, social responsibility: those are topics regularly brought up by newspapers, media but also companies stakeholders and employees. While more and more organizations act on their environmental impact and implement eco-management plans, some don’t know where to start or in the contrary would like to go further on this track. The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is an instrument developed by the EU to help organizations deal with this topic.

We will today learn more about the EMAS and how to improve your environmental footprint.

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ASC Certificate - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 08/06/2017

With the environment and the future of the planet at the heart of headlines and the news, sustainable products are being more and more appreciated and looked for by consumers. With the growing sea pollution going over the world, sustainable fishery is getting increasingly important for the planet and for the consumers. While the MSC is tailored for the wildlife fishery, sustainable fish farms can get another certification for their products: the ASC Certificate.

Today we will learn more about this certificate and how to get it for your fish farm.

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Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 24/05/2017

Having full control of the supply chain and monitoring its every aspects can be a hard task when suppliers are all over the world. Beyond product quality, workers protection and social standards are important elements to keep in mind when choosing a supplier. Indeed, while some countries have strict legislation to protect workers rights, other parts of the world do not benefit from similar safe environments.

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) internationally promotes the protection of social standards throughout the supply chain across every industry. By implementing a common code of conduct and a single implementation system, the BSCI supports propers monitoring through all sourcing activities along the supply chain.

We will today learn more about the BSCI and how to implement it with your suppliers.

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Risk Management: Risk assessment in five steps

by Bertrand Duteil on 04/05/2017

In life like in business, most of our actions entail their share of risks. Limiting those risks to their minimum and acting on the most recurring ones let us evolve safely in our activities and plan more easily the future.

Companies are subject to all kinds of risks, including economic, environmental or work safety related. Certificates such as the OHSAS 18001 can guide you when it comes to work safety. But for general risks, a risk assessment can let companies identify risks and how to actively act on them. We will today learn more about this strategy and how to implement it easily in your company.

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Guidance on social responsibility and ISO 26000 - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 06/04/2017

Over the past years, customers have been paying more and more attention to what they are buying and have been expecting more than a simple product and service quality. They are now more than ever expecting from smaller and larger companies to have a responsible behavior with the environment when it comes to the carbon footprint for example, but also good working conditions for their employees and health safety for their customers.

To answer to this public concern, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed the ISO 26000 - Guidance on social responsibility.
We will today learn more about this standard and how to apply it in your organisation.

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Topics: Certifications, tips, ISO standard

RSPO certificate for sustainable palm oil - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 30/03/2017

Palm oil products are omnipresent in our daily life, in the food industry but also in many different industries such as:

  • Body care and cosmetics industry
  • Biofuels and energy
  • Catering and service industries
  • Medicaments
  • Industrial use
  • Animal feed (palm kernel oil distributors)

Produced in Malaysia and Indonesia by up to 80%, palm oil production requires large areas of palm trees, generally leading to massive deforestation of rainforest with no attention paid to ecological, economic or social negative aspects.

With the increasing demand of sustainable products, palm oil producers and industries using palm oil products had to get certifications attesting the sustainability of their product. One of them is the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Standard (RSPO standard).

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OHSAS 18001 - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 23/03/2017

A safe work environment is a basic requirement for every company, especially the ones working with machines and hazardous materials. Basic safety measures are generally guaranteed by the work safety regulation applied by the company, completed by several legal standards reducing the accident hazard and the different dangers on the working space.

Along with legal standards, companies have the possibility to introduce work safety management systems and to let them certify. One of the most common work safety management system is the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series or OHSAS.

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Certificate of Origin - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 16/03/2017

International merchandise traffic brings up the topic of customs laws and the different country specific legal regulations for import and trade. For safety reasons, the food industry is often subject to stricter import and trade rules. We already noticed more severe regulations in past blog posts discussing about the long-term supplier declaration or the International organic standard between the EU and the USA.

One of the most important document required by purchasing companies is the certificate of origin. It attests the origin of the product, but also other information such as the production country and the raw material or products used. We will today learn more about certificate of origin and the most important information you need to know about it.

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Topics: Certifications, tips, product documentation