What is material?

What is Material to us?

Whilst identifying which sustainability topics were most important to us, we looked both at our customers' operations as well as our own. 

We came up with a list of 17 potential sustainability topics based on international standards, business and industry knowledge and also good practice. 

We then asked internal and external stakeholders’ opinions through workshops, one-on-one interviews and research to see what topics they thought were most important to DeLaval. 

The largest sustainability-related risk many farmers face today, in a time of volatile milk and feed prices, is to maintain a profitable business.

Key Topics

The graph below shows what areas key external and internal stakeholders are most important to us.  

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Key Conclusions

  • The Dairy Specific topics have been highlighted by our stakeholders as highly important. They also rank highly internally at DeLaval as well. In this area there is no discrepancy between what we do and what our stakeholders believe we
    should do.
  • The Responsible Business topics are deemed to be somewhat less important to our stakeholders compared to the Dairy Specific topics. At the same time, they are an integral part of our own operations that we work with on a daily basis.
  • The Environmental topics are ranked highly by our stakeholders and are clearly important for us but we also see that we have a limited impact in this area as we are very much dependent on what happens on the farm.

Material aspects for our operations

These topics are most important in relation to our own operations:

  • Ethics - In particular our work with anti-corruption but also compliance, i.e. making sure our products and services fulfil all necessary regulations.
  • Employees – Ensuring a safe workplace and ensuring a workplace with diversity and inclusion.
  • Responsible Procurement – Ensuring suppliers fulfil quality standards
  • Emissions to air, Waste and recycling, Water, Energy and fuel. All of these topics are important for us to help reduce the environmental impact of our manufacturing.