A finished product has a long path to follow before it departs our warehouse. Many people contribute their experience and hard work to this process. These are precisely the people who make our raw materials so valuable. Without them, we would not be where we are today. As a family company, it is important to us to make social issues a particular priority along with economic and ecological factors.
Within the company
Back pains, muscle strains or posture problems let us know that we do not always move in a way that is best for us, whether in the workplace or during leisure time. As such, it is important to establish measures to offset stress factors and in this way avoid long-term damage. Worlée has developed an extensive prevention program for its employees in recent years that is finely tuned to meet individual needs. Along with offering subsidized fitness club memberships, we also give our staff the opportunity to take advantage of on-site massages and back health training courses.
Our yearly Health Day takes this one step further, when we offer numerous preventive measures ranging from eye tests to computer-assisted spine measurements to nutritional consultations.
But even beyond such health issues, we are also always attentive to our employees’ needs. Flexible work times and working hour models as well as a private supplemental health insurance plan for longtime employees are just a few examples of our efforts in this direction.
Outside the company
Especially in the area of natural products, harvests often take place abroad, as many of the exotic spices and fruits in our product range require specific climatic conditions. Since we can only occasionally be present at these locations, we use great care in selecting our suppliers and closely scrutinize working conditions and remuneration. With Fairtrade projects in India, Egypt, Madagascar, Burkina Faso and Sri Lanka, Worlée has supported farmers in different countries for some time now.
Thanks to fixed minimal prices and premiums, we can support sustainable production that emphasizes the well-being of the people involved. The farmers in the individual projects decide for themselves about the allocation of Fairtrade premiums to appropriate projects. Often, the funds are used for social and educational services. In this way, in the small Sri Lankan town of Dedigama, schoolchildren received new books and uniforms and water pumps were purchased, while a newly built medical camp now provides access to free medicine.
Further, since 2009, our natural products division has belonged to Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), an organization of companies that have committed themselves to the improvement of ethical business conduct. Here, by means of a web-based database, members disclose information about their onsite working practices. In this way, we offer the greatest possible level of transparency. Naturally, we expect the same from our suppliers in turn.