In 2050, there will be an even larger population sharing the planet which is already overwhelmed by an excessive demand for animal protein. The switch to a greener protein model will be the only option in order to satisfy this demand and reduce the strain on our environment. This means making choices that enable us to, within the limits of the planet, live in harmony with nature. Humanity can contribute to improving our environment by eating less meat. Plant-based proteins are therefore essential in order to provide the necessary nutrients our bodies need while reducing the demand for animal protein. We only use sustainable soy in our meat substitutes, but we are also members of the Green Protein Alliance.
Some of our products contain soy, and the soy we use is GMO free and obtained from suppliers who cultivate in a manner that is not detrimental to the tropical rain forests . Schouten is a member of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS), as we want to make sure our soy is sustainable. This is an international platform where soy producers, soy traders, the processing industry, banks and social organisations all work together in order to develop sustainability criteria for global soy cultivation and to subsequently implement these in practice.
Sustainable Palm Oil
Schouten uses palm oil in its products. We think it’s important that this palm oil is produced in a sustainable manner. That’s why we have become members of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and we use palm oil produced by an RSPO-certified supplier for the production of our products.
Our plant-based protein foods contain egg proteins from free-range chickens: one of the most chicken-friendliest eggs. This has made Schouten the frontrunner in the meat substitute market.
Green Protein Alliance
Schouten, together with a number of other leaders in the food industry, has joined the Green Protein Alliance (GPA), a unique collaboration between the retail sector, the catering industry and other food producers who want to give the consumption of vegetable protein a major boost.
MVO Nederland Partner
We form part of the biggest sustainable network of companies in the Netherlands as an MVO Nederland partner. We carefully consider the social and economic implications of every single business decision we make.
Schouten is a member of Internationaal Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Ondernemen (IMVO) (International Corporate Social Responsibility) and has also signed the IMVO covenant. This is a covenant between companies, the government, trade unions and social organisations, which work together to prevent international malpractices, such as exploitation, animal suffering and environmental damage.
The trays in which the products for the retail are packed are made of RPET material. This is a recycled material which be recycled.
Transport is outsourced to partners who:
- Separate and minimize waste streams
- Re-use plastic packaging material
- Drive trucks with minimum emissions
- Are committed to reducing CO2 emissions
Henk Schouten is also the founder and co-initiator of CHIEF: Centrum Hulp bij Innovatie, Educatie en Fascinatie Plantaardige Eiwitten (Center for Help with the Innovation, Education and Fascination around Vegetable Proteins). A regional initiative with the aim of encouraging a more sustainable and healthier diet by accelerating the protein transition.
*Center for Help with the Innovation, Education and Fascination around Vegetable Proteins