Henri Willig, Specialist Cheese Maker

Henri Willig is a maker of Dutch cheese specialities, the most well-known of which is Baby Gouda. Goat's cheese, sheep's cheese and organic cheese are examples of specialities made from our own recipes. Henri Willig develops his own cheese products in his own cheese factory and exports cheese to over 30 countries.


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Corporate responsibility: this is how we do it

As a modern producer, we meet changing interests and requirements in society. Henri Willig believes that growth, sustainability and good employment practices go well together. Openness is vital in this regard. The opinions of the consumer, our customers and our employees are of major importance for the development of new products and improving operational processes. In addition, we try to contribute to society in a variety of ways.

Sustainability

A growing number of consumers are looking for ethically responsible products. Customers are increasingly aware of producers who make conscious sustainable choices.
In addition to our regular cheeses we have recently given high priority to organic and biodynamic ones. The organic and biodynamic milk supplied for them is our connection with the agriculture involved. Organic dairy farmers are bound to specific requirements regarding environment, nature and landscape, animal welfare and production methods. In organic production methods no fertilisers and synthetic pesticides are used to keep the soil free from unnatural chemicals.
In our own production process we reduce residual waste to a minimum. We actively try to find buyers in processed cheese production for cheeses that we have rejected ourselves, but are completely safe for consumption. We process whey into semi-finished products for further processing in the food industry. Packaging and other residual waste is sorted and disposed of.

Good employment practices

The growth Henri Willig has gone through since it was established is the result of the good interaction between its management and employees. We strive to strengthen each other and to continue growing with the same goal in mind. In this process we see an important task for the staff association and the employees’ council. The former as a social platform, the latter in providing important expertise, experience, opinions and ideas from a mutual commitment from within the various corporate areas of activity. With an open attitude we take this information on board as a valuable basis for our decision making process. An honest personnel policy, safe working conditions and fringe benefits further help putting our aim of wanting to be a good employer into practice.

Safety policy

The Henri Willig safety policy is aimed at providing a healthy work environment for our employees. The risk regarding activities and our production facility are documented in the SCC* certified occupational health and safety management system. It includes a CER plan and instructions on how to handle dangerous situations, physically strenuous work, accidents and sickness. By systematically working according to the safety principles described, we can effectively control risks and comply with all safety requirements. This helps us to further improve our occupational health and safety performance.

Social involvement

The Henri Willig cheese dairy is firmly rooted in society and feels involved in how it functions. In our opinion, participating in the labour process makes people happier and is more satisfying than staying at home. We try to contribute by having people who are re-entering the job market work for us under supervision. We also regularly consult the employment office to offer jobs to people who have been looking for work (for some time). We also like to offer trainee opportunities or temporary jobs to students. In addition, we support several social, cultural or sporty causes and initiatives when and where we can.