The fruit and vegetable processing machine in the office that allows caring for employee health (and planet)

It is demonstrated that the health of workers increases the productivity of organizations by reducing labor casualties and improving employee performance, as we

The fruit and vegetable processing machine in the office that allows caring for employee health (and planet)

It is demonstrated that the health of workers increases the productivity of organizations by reducing labor casualties and improving employee performance, as well as promoting talent collection. Thus, among other factors, food can be a decisive factor for the success of a company.

"A healthy diet improves our attention and performance capabilities in all the activities we do in our day-to-day, both in our personal and labor life," says Belén Sánchez, Director of General Services of the Corporate Center and Insurance of Banco Santander.

In fact, the International Labor Organization (ILO) puts figures and says that, for example, inadequate nutrition can be translated into a decrease in employee performance of up to 20%.

This has made well-being have become a strategic issue for companies and increasing companies, including those in the financial sector, are developing internal policies to favor their employee comfort and promote healthy habits through different initiatives , like sports practice or improvement of eating habits. In the same way, indexes have also arisen, such as Dow Jones Sustainability Index, SustainAytics Esg Risk Rating, ShareAction or FTSE4Good.

More than a decade ago that Banco Santander began to implement plans of this type, which culminated in 2016 creation of the Behealthy program, vertebrate in four axes: realization of adequate physical activity to each employee; Billy-mind balance; Measurement of basic health indicators; and healthy eating.

Within this commitment, your last bet has been the creation of a processing plant of fruits and vegetables in the financial city, only of this type in business restaurants in Spain. Located in the restoration area, it is equipped with all the machinery and infrastructure necessary to be able to treat fruits and vegetables directly from producers. In this way, the food can be washed, peeling and trouser that will subsequently be consumed in its facilities. From the field to the office, without intermediaries.

Currently, it manages daily between 800 and 1000 kilos of fruits and vegetables that are served an average of 4,600 workers from the eater of the financial city, Alhambra and Montepríncipe, being able to grow up to 8,000 people.

But, in addition to healthier, this nutrition model is also more respectful with the environment, since it helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by prioritizing the purchase of raw materials from Spanish producers - although the objective of the entity is Do not exceed a maximum radius of 200 km- which, in turn, contributes to the local economy and the dynamization of the primary sector.

It also helps minimize the company's environmental footprint. For example, through a smaller generation of plastic waste from a single use and replacement by biodegradable or reusable materials.

It is not the only initiative of the group of this type. The financial institution applies other measures to promote a healthier diet among its workers as the use of virgin olive oil exclusively; more vegetables, cereals and legumes in the elaborations; the inclusion of new ingredients and whole cereals; the reduction of dairy, sugar, flours and meats; as well as the elimination of flavor and salt enhancers.

Date Of Update: 05 February 2022, 15:32

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