Environmental Management

Environmental management affects how we develop new solutions, which suppliers we work with and how we manufacture products to the market. 

Based on our materiality analysis we have identified the following as our most important environmental issues.

  • Compliance and impacts of solutions
  • Supplier conduct
  • Environmental impacts of manufacturing
  • Logistical efficiency and environmental impact

All manufacturing units and distribution centres measure their annual use of energy, water and the production of different kinds of waste. Since 2014 all units have also set targets for the following year to further drive improvements.

Below we describe the ways we address our material environmental issues in different areas.

Product development

We work with a common process for product development. When making requirements for a new product, our project teams must make the specifications for how to improve the new solution, bearing in mind the following categories.

  • Electricity consumption of the product when in use.
  • Fresh water consumption and waste water production of the product in use.
  • Use of materials including hazardous substances in the solution and production of it.
  • Assurance that applicable laws are complied with.
  • Working conditions related to the operation and service of the solution.
  • Prevention and reduction of waste.
  • Animal welfare improvement resulting from the use of the solution.

We have several product compliance teams that monitor existing and up-coming regulations when it comes to the mechanical, electrical and chemical aspects of the solutions in our assortment. There is a process to secure the compliance of our products with European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (EC 1907/2006), commonly known as REACH.

DeLaval also applies REACH requirements on products marketed outside the EU. The substances targeted by REACH are included in a Restricted Substances List that contains substances and chemical constituents that are forbidden or strictly restricted for use within DeLaval.

DeLaval has an obligation to report Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the relevant body within the EU. To achieve this, a thorough investigation throughout the supply chain is conducted to identify which articles might contain SVHC and to what extent. Our suppliers have to do the same investigations in their respective supply chains. 

Sourcing

We believe customers and suppliers in an integrated value chain must work closely together to reduce end-to-end impact. DeLaval therefore requires its suppliers to commit to a high standard of performance in relation to compliance with laws and regulations, product safety guidelines and our Corporate Governance Framework.

A document outlining our Ethics and Sustainability Principles is standard amongst our supplier contracts.

We request that all larger suppliers sign and live by our Ethics and Sustainability Principles and we follow up the percentage of our total spend on durable goods suppliers that are ISO 14001 certified. We make suppliers audits and have a standardised assessment related to different aspects of sustainability

Manufacturing

In 2009 we began formally monitoring our manufacturing operations and have established an environmental and social baseline for all larger units. For all manufacturing units and distribution centres, the use of energy, water and the production of different kinds of waste are measured each year. Since 2014 all units have also set targets for the following year to further drive improvements. The results are reported here.

Of the eighteen manufacturing units reported on, nine are certified in accordance with both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

Logistics 

We use boat, air and road transportation. Most of our transportation services are managed with contracts established by the Tetra Laval Logistics company. Our aim is to make our transportation as cost and resource efficient as possible and thereby reduce the environmental impact of our transportation. We naturally seek to minimise air transportation when possible. To monitor the environmental impact of our transportation we have started calculating the CO2 emissions of each mode of transportation.