Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility is one of the most important components of the work of the Galactika Group of Companies
Healthy way of life
Caring for the environment
Collaboration with Roscosmos
History of the company
The history of «Galactika» group of companies starts in 1947, when the «Gatchina dairy plant» was built.
Mission and values
«Galactika» company sets high goals and wants to play important role in the life of the society. In order to achieve this we require the team of like-minded people, having common set of values.
Caring for the environment
Caring for the environment - one of the foundations of the corporate responsibility of the Galactika company. The company assumes responsibility for what it produces and what impact it has on the environment, so its employees at the corporate level are paying great attention to the environmental issues.
For the company it is very important to maintain the state of nature and its harmony, aiming to reduce any negative impact to a minimum in order to keep the Earth safe for the generations to come. The company's concern for the environment is based on care for the cows, the most efficient use of the natural resources and the raw materials and the environmental safety of the packaging materials.
Galactika begins its care about the environment with the care about the cows, which are provided with everything necessary on the farms in order to give the most delicious and the healthiest milk. Proper care, thoughtful handling, natural food and constant monitoring of the animals’ health - a guarantee that our happy cows will give milk of a high quality.
Efficient use of the natural resources and the raw materials
The main raw material, which is used by Galactika is milk. From the farm to the conveyor the possible losses of the raw materials are minimized, and therefore the quality of the used milk shall always be at the highest level.
Water consumption - another important factor that affects the environment and the future of our planet. It is very important to save the water and to do so consciously. Galactika is a responsible consumer of water as the natural resource: each year we strive to reduce the amount of consumed clean water, since we clearly understand its value.
Environmentally friendly packaging materials
In its activities, the Galactika Group of Companies strives to effectively meet the consumers' demands, including the demands for the environmentally safe products. Most of the dairy products of the company are now packed in Tetra Pak packaging, consisting of the renewable materials.
Renewable natural resources are those that can be grown, for example, the trees. Packaging made with materials from the renewable resources, is the future oriented solution. Using this packaging, we are keeping the food fresh, and the forests green.
Control over sustainable forest management is provided by an international non-governmental organization – Forest Stewardship Council, or FSC. FSC-certification of the wood raw materials is the guarantee that the entire production cycle: from cultivation of the seedlings to harvesting of the commercial timber is conducted in compliance with the national forest management standards.
Each cardboard packaging of the final product manufactured by the Galactika company has the FSC mark.
Presence of the FSC trademark on the product confirms that:
- the legal raw materials were used in manufacturing of the product;
- the sustainable forest management practices were used in timber harvesting, the rights of the workers, local residents and indigenous people have been observed.
Collaboration with Roscosmos
Dairy Products for the Astronauts
The cooperation of Galactika with Roscosmos Federal Space Agency on the supply program for astronauts began in 2011. The first samples of Bolshaya Kruzhka freeze-dried products were provided to Roskosmos in summer of 2012. On October 25th, 2012 – for the first time in the history of the Russian cosmonautics – Bolshaya Kruzhka freeze-dried cultured milk products were delivered to the International Space Station.
On the special request of members of the crew – Oleg Novitskiy, Yevgeny Tarelkin and Yuri Malenchenko, – Galactika Dairy Plant produced kefir, fermented baked milk, bio-kefir, yogurt with apples, prunes, strawberries and cereals, as well as the coffee milkshake – these products underwent the freeze-drying process, were packed in specially designed “swallow tale” packages and sent into orbit.
Galactika dairy products were highly appreciated by the astronauts, and now for almost 2 years they have been included in the food ration of the Russian cosmonauts on the ISS.
After the successful trial in control tests, based on many positive reviews of the astronauts, the dairy products manufactured under the Bolshaya Kruzhka brand were included in the main part of the new 16 days food ration of the astronauts.
On July 23rd, 2014 Galactika received an official status of the food supplier of the main food ration of the astronauts, which is constant and the same for all Russian crews, as well as a gratitude for the high-quality, tasty and healthy products.
Galactika company is expanding the cooperation with Roskosmos FA in the area of popularization of the space subjects among school students. In the secondary schools of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region, a series of lessons and competitions are conducted which are dedicated to the structure of the universe and space travel, space exploration history and the present day astronauts – the heroes who live among us, – says Tatiana Tretyachenko, Marketing Director of Galactika.
“We would like to see that the outer space would become as attractive topic for our children as it was for us and for the generation of our parents, when every teenager wanted to become an astronaut.”
Healthy way of life
Galactika supports the social projects related to promotion of the healthy nutrition and the healthy lifestyle in general, including the spread of knowledge about the benefits of dairy products
The Galactika Group of Companies supplies to the schools of St. Petersburg, the Leningrad Region and the Republic of Karelia and other regions. Bolshaya Kruzhka 3.2% milk, is produced according to the specific standards and recommended for nutrition of children from 3 years old. (!!! photo/ image from the workbook)
Galactika aspires to tell the school students about how to keep fit and be in good health in the big city. Together with the professional pediatricians, nutritionists and child psychologists the training materials are developed for the kids of St. Petersburg, as well as the educational lessons about the benefits of milk are held for the younger schoolchildren - the so-called Great Dairy Games. All interactive lessons on the benefits of school milk are carried out in the form of the games and the competitions.
Dairy assistants: Vitamin, Calcium and Protein tell the children, why and what for they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle, eat right and drink milk. At the end of each lesson the funny narrators present the children with the medals for participation in the competitions, an exciting children's book about the benefits of milk and, of course, give them Bolshaya Kruzhka, their favorite milk. About 900 students of the schools of the Leningrad region and Saint Petersburg annually participate in the series of educational lessons about the benefits of milk.
Galactika Group of Companies understands the importance of implementing social responsibility programs and actively participates in important national projects such as Three Dairy Products Per Day and School Milk aimed at supporting the education of a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition for the children.
Due to a keen interest from the schoolchildren on the process of milk production, the open days are conducted at the factories of Galactika company. During each of these guided tours hundreds of children make an amazing journey through the plant, following the path of milk from its receipt to the finished delicacies.
The kids know firsthand about the products of the Galactika company, manufactured under the brands of Bolshaya Kruzhka, Svezhee Zavtra and Sudarynya.
Schoolchildren are very fond of milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream and milkshakes of one of Russia's largest dairy producers. And due to the initiative of the Galactika company, the children can actually see how their favourite treats are produced from the highest quality milk received from the local farms.
During the tour, curious visitors will find out how the milk trucks are accepted at the plant, how the express analysis of the incoming milk is conducted at the acceptance laboratory, what the tanks for the milk storage are, where the manufacturing of the entire assortment of Galactika plant products goes on, and who manages all the complex processes.
Children can even have a go at being technologists, trying to produce a new dairy masterpiece with their own hands. During the laboratory master class each of the children can add the toppings of their taste to the natural yogurt.
After an exciting journey through a magical land of Galactika, having replenished their energy with Bolshaya Kruzhka milkshakes, which just came off the conveyor, the children can continue their creative work, by painting funny pictures with the cows and building all kinds of structures with the cardboard packaging, which is used in the plant.
At the end of an interesting day the children can enjoy drawing and writing words of gratitude − with coloured chalk at the entrance of the plant − to the employees of the plant for their valuable work and the soul that they put into the production of all their favorite dairy products.
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