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PHW Gruppe - Our responsibility

Sustainability has been a firm priority in our family business for decades. Together with our employees, we assume "responsibility for people, animals and the environment" as a core component of our corporate philosophy.

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PHW Gruppe - Strategy for sustainability

Our contribution to improving life on our planet and promoting human health and animal welfare is equally our promise for a sustainable and future-proof agriculture and food industry.

4 strategy pillars

Our sustainability strategy is based on four fundamental areas of action.
The Sustainability targets 2022 refer to the United Nations' Sustainability Development Goals, because for us sustainability means balancing the environment, society and the economy in a way that conserves resources. 

Animal Welfare

Targets in the areas of animal welfare and regionality


Our goal is to expand animal husbandry levels 3 and 4. For more than two decades already, we have been involved in the area of alternative husbandry concepts and will seek to ramp up our activties here. We endorse mandatory animal welfare labelling combined with indication of origin across all sales channels.


Expansion of husbandry type 3 by the end of 2040 to a 100 % share in the overall portfolio of the PHW Group for chicken products in the fresh produce sector (Germany). This goal is dependent on corresponding market demand and appropriate surcharge payment.

Climate Action

Targets in the areas of climate protection


By 2040, we intend to have achieved climate-neutral* operations at all PHW Group production sites in Germany, assuming the mantle of industry pioneers in the area of climate protection in the process.

*in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol

Circular Economy

Targets in the areas of animal feed, environmental protection, packaging and food waste


From the second quarter of 2022, we will guarantee deforestation-free supply chains for our mixed feeds in relation to the raw materials soya and palm oil for poultry bred in Germany.


Determination of the status quo along the value chain by collecting comprehensive Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) data for poultry meat products from the areas of conventional and alternative husbandry as well as vegan items (implementation by the end of 2024).

Social Responsibility

Targets in the areas of One Health, employment, nutrition and governance


We actively promote diversity and make this visible throughout the company and our activities. We review processes and proactively promote integration campaigns. Corresponding programmes will be implemented at all our PHW sites in Germany by the end of 2023.


In 2022, we have started the targeted implementation by, for example, establishing online programmes at our production sites in Lohne (Old.) and in Wildeshausen. These activities are being supported by local partnerships.

All sustainability targets can be found here ...

Charter of sustainability 2023

PHW Gruppe - Climate strategy

The basis for a successful climate strategy is a holistic approach.
Our PHW climate strategy reflects this in its five building blocks.

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The PHW Group has been included on the list of “50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders” on account of its commitment to sustainability. This is a global initiative that was originally established with the support of the United Nations (UN), the media company Bloomberg and the TBD Media Group. The aim of this initiative is to offer companies that operate on a particularly sustainable basis a platform whereby they are able to present their strategies, ideas and progress in terms of tackling climate change to a wide audience.

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We are pioneers in the CO2 footprint!

  • We were the first and so far the only company in the poultry industry to determine our carbon footprint for chicken meat 10 years ago!
  • To date, we have collected and updated this several times - most recently in 2017.
  • Here, a partial product carbon footprint (PCF) of 2.2 kg CO2 per 1 kg of chicken meat (net slaughter weight) was determined.

Certified energy management

Since 2016, the entire PHW Group has had a holistic energy management system certified according to DIN EN ISO 50001.


Use of green power

The use of green electricity is a key pillar of our holistic climate strategy. The main focus here is on our own generation of green electricity from renewable energies. To drive this forward, we are working on innovative solutions for supplying our sites and are building solar parks in the immediate vicinity, for example.


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How does climate protection work with wind energy?

Since energy from wind is generated without fossil fuels, it is considered emission-free. The expansion of renewable energy generation is essential to halt global warming and secure energy supplies in the long term. The amount of emissions saved in a wind power project is calculated using the so-called baseline method: How much CO2 would the same amount of energy produce with the region's usual electricity mix?

For the latest information on the climate protection project, please contact our project partner


PHW Gruppe - Transparency in climate protection

You can track our activities in the area of climate protection projects via our individual ID number. In this context, our offsetting partner, ClimatePartner, documents exactly how much CO2 was generated and by which projects it was offset.

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ZNU Partnership

The ZNU standard stands for sustainable management and integrates all three dimensions of environment, economy and social issues.

Since 2010, WIESENHOF has been a partner and sponsor of the Center for Sustainable Management (ZNU) at the University of Witten/Herdecke. The center developed the ZNU standard "Sustainable Business Management", which serves to systematize the sustainability activities of the company and to support companies in their sustainable development.

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ZNU goes Zero: We are part of it!

Since January 2020, we have been part of the climate initiative "ZNU goes Zero" of the Center for Sustainable Leadership of the University of Witten/Herdecke (Faculty of Economics, Management and Society) with six production sites.

Certificate of participation - ZNU goes Zero

Sustainability report

You can find all the information on key sustainability topics in the PHW Group Sustainability Reports.


PHW Gruppe - Do you have any questions related to the issue of sustainability?

If so, please feel free to contact us – we look forward to hearing from you at:

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