We have refined our approach to sustainability to ensure it covers everything we do – both within our company and how we benefit our customers. Based on direct customer insight and our materiality analysis, we developed a new sustainability model in 2019. The model focuses on three main perspectives – Environment, Food and Animal Welfare, and Social and Economic.
Our vision is to make sustainable food production possible. We look at sustainability from three main perspectives.
The greatest environmental contribution we can make is on the farms of our customers as we strive to reduce the environmental impact of every litre of milk produced. This typically involves providing solutions that improve efficiency and milk yield.
Within our own operations, we are committed to constantly finding ways to reduce waste, and the use of energy and water. We are also committed to contributing towards a low carbon economy by taking action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Food and animal welfare
Contaminated milk presents obvious risks to both consumer health and the operations of our customers. Food safety is critical for all parts of the dairy value chain. We work with food safety through stringent compliance controls but also by promoting animal welfare.
A healthy animal provides more milk, at a better quality and for more years. By providing better conditions for animals, farmers can improve the animal’s health and longevity while at the same time maintaining or improving farm profitability and reducing their environmental impact.
Social and economic
Social sustainability involves respecting and advancing human rights as they are defined by the UN. Economic sustainability is how we create long-term economic growth without negatively impacting social or environmental sustainability.
Our Corporate Governance framework including our Code of Business Conduct guides us in how to act sustainably, and in compliance with laws and ethical standards.
Through innovation, we provide solutions to dairy farmers to make their lives easier and their farms more profitable whilst reducing their environmental impact.
“You can’t optimize profitability without taking care of the animals. You can’t disregard the environment and then be completely socially responsible so it’s a balance between all four of these points and dividing it into four helps us to analyse, to measure and to drive forward.” Joakim Rosengren, CEO and President, DeLaval
The areas we focus on have been chosen via a materiality analysis where stakeholder views and our own have been considered.
For any questions, please contact
Lars Johansson, Corporate Communications & Sustainability Senior Vice President