Being a leading manufacturer of table setting and packaging concepts carries with it great responsibility. Duni’s approach to its role is well documented in our CSR program, Our Blue Mission, and is aimed at ensuring that all stakeholders can rely on Duni’s products being manufactured ethically and safely.


Duni is actively working to reduce its impact on the environment. By regularly reviewing internal processes and also investing in modern technology, efficiency is improved throughout the production chain, thereby reducing resource and energy consumption. The use of materials with a clear environmental profile is also an important part in this work. These products are brought together under the ecoecho® brand, a range that satisfies requirements within resource efficiency, renewability, compostability, and responsible forestry.


The well-being of an organization is a prerequisite for achieving commercial and environmental goals. In this respect, the employees constitute the most important resource. Duni engages in active and consistent work on its internal environment. Various talent development programs identify and utilize existing skills. Health and safety issues are other important, prioritized areas.


Nothing is stronger than its weakest link. Duni has been working according to a set Code of Conduct for many years. The code applies throughout the value chain, both at Duni’s own production facilities and at its suppliers. The code includes clear rules of conduct within areas including working conditions, human rights, and discrimination. Duni conducts regular audits and training courses on compliance with the Code of Conduct.


Having a presence in many markets involves both opportunities and risks. To minimize potential risks, Duni has developed ethical principles that define how the Group will work proactively to prevent corruption, bribery, fraud and other unauthorized behavior. Recurring training courses on ethics, whistleblowing principles and the Code of Conduct in general are held both internally at Duni and with suppliers.



Duni’s corporate social responsibility work is strategic and comprehensive, collected into a clear plan – Our Blue Mission.

Our Blue Mission is a sustainability program based on a materiality and stakeholder analysis reviewed by Duni’s executive management. The most critical aspects of the program form the basis of Duni’s policies and guide management of operational activities. Our Blue Mission takes a comprehensive approach to issues related to the environment, product safety, social responsibility, social rights, and business ethics. It is strategic and structural work with defined targets that must be achieved by 2020.


The overall goal of Duni’s CSR work is to live up to our customers’ confidence that our products are manufactured in an ethical, safe and environmentally-sound manner. Duni operates in many areas: from its own production to design, concept development, and converting in a number of wholly-owned or majority-owned plants accross Europe and Asia and with sales in over 40 markets. When it comes to paper-based products labeled with the Duni brand, we have control over the entire production chain, creating excellent opportunities to manage issues and influence the development of the CSR program. When it comes to external product purchases as well, there is a well-defined structure of responsibility with clear requirement specifications for suppliers.


“We have a responsibility, not only to our employees, but also to our customers and the end users of our products.”

Elisabeth Gierow, Corporate CSR & Quality Director


For some time now, Duni has had a Code of Conduct in place and well-developed work to ensure compliance, both with suppliers and within its own manufacturing. The code of conduct addresses environmental issues, human rights, reasonable compensation, amongst other things and applies in all countries in which Duni operates. Many issues relate to cultural differences in various countries, but there can also be differences in laws and regulations. Duni is responsible for ensuring good working conditions for those who manufacture Duni products, the employees of its suppliers, and its own employees. Duni’s approach to sustainability must apply to the greatest extent possible, regardless of where in the world operations are being conducted. The process is facilitated by the fact that many suppliers are in favor of maintaining a dialog and getting support and assistance in conducting their operations ethically and with good working conditions.


The CSR program serves as a strategy for managing product development in a clear, environmentally-oriented direction. The ecoecho® environmental classification defines a number of criteria that an eco-profiled product should meet. It is a way to meet market demand and drive the development of new, functional, and environmentally-sound materials. One example of such materials is bagasse from sugar cane fibers, which is a renewable, resource-efficient and compostable material. Recycled glass, bioplastics and recycled plastic are additional examples of environmentally-sound materials. Duni also offers products with a number of external ecolabels, such as the Swan Nordic Ecolabel, FSC® for responsible forestry and OK Compost® for compostable products.


Duni prioritizes high quality and product safety. Products intended to come into contact with food are regulated by EU legislation. Duni’s work with food contact involves planning and evaluation of testing based on the intended use of the product, monitoring by third-party institutions, and providing customers with accurate and clear information.

Candles and electronic products have an inherent risk that requires strict attention to safety in both production and handling. Duni has a testing program in place, an international cooperation for candle safety standards, and quality-certified products. The development of attractive LED products that replace candles increases safety and creates a Goodfoodmood® atmosphere both in the home, in restaurants and within the healthcare sector.


Duni’s CSR work is extensive because the Company’s operations and its products can be seen as ranging from the earth to the table and back to the earth. It all starts with sustainable forestry and sustainable materials, and ends with compostability or recycling to the greatest extent possible. Over this journey, employees, suppliers, customers, end users and society in general are all affected. Since everything is a chain where the individual parts affect each other, the CSR work is an ongoing process. Here, CSR plays a strategic role as it points to increased commercial benefit and to insight that this work will never be finished. The initiatives can only strive towards the aim of materials, production, use and recycling continuously reaching higher levels of sustainability than they had before. It is a necessary and pressing journey for Duni that will continue in 2018.

Sustainability targets

The following sustainability targets for 2020 are under constant review.


Renewable or compostable alternatives shall be available in 100% of Duni’s product groups.


All employees shall be involved in improvements, be familiar with our Code of Conduct, and participate in the discussion concerning corporate values.


A 20% reduction in energy use between 2010 and 2020.


Monitored suppliers shall account for 80% of the value of raw materials and end products. All new suppliers of end products shall be monitored.


An ecoecho product shall fulfill at least two of the following criteria:

  • Renewable – plant based
  • Compostable in accordance with the requirements of the EN 13432 standard for industrial composting
  • Responsibly produced (e.g. wood fiber from FSC® forest)
  • Resource efficient (e.g. made from recycled material)