What made you choose Oleon when looking for a job?
I was keen to start working in the chemical sector. This typically means joining one of the extremely large companies located in the port of Antwerp. Oleon is a large company, but it doesn’t have the same rigid structure as major multinationals. Oleon's commitment to sustainability also appealed.
Why grow alone if you can do it much better together? Growing together side by side with our customers by joining forces and in close collaboration, that is our aim. To landmark this new path we are taking, we have developed a new logo for our main brand Radiamuls®.
About four years ago, Oleon joined a Flemish research project, the LipaMetics project, together with VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research) and two industrial partners from the feed and cosmetics industry. The aim was to jointly develop new technology to make esters in an innovative way: via enzymatic catalysis. Enzymes are proteins that catalyze numerous reactions in our living environment and in our bodies.
Three Avril collaborators are going to Indonesia this week with the NGO Earthworm Foundation. This trip will allow Marjan Maes (CSR manager Oleon), Annie Lim (Senior Purchaser Oleon) and Clément Tostivint (Head of SD/RSE Group) to meet local stakeholders (farmers, communities, public authorities).
Oleon is keen on sourcing sustainable palm oil, which represents between 5 and 10% of the total volume of our raw materials. Oleon joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2007. In collaboration with the Avril Group and Earthworm Foundation, Oleon has gone beyond RSPO by extending its commitment towards sustainable palm oil with a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy in 2016.
Oleon aims to work exclusively with suppliers who uphold the same standards and principles as we do with regards to sustainability and ethical behavior. Therefore, Oleon has launched a Supplier Code of Conduct (SCOC) in 2018 that is in line with key international standards. Together with EcoVadis, we monitor the social and environmental performance of our suppliers.