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

  • Animal welfare, food safety, farm economics and management and customer satisfaction are the highest scored sustainability topics globally. This is in line with our current business focus.
  • There are strong and growing expectations on the dairy industry for more visibility, transparency and communications of tangible results related to social and environmental topics.
  • DeLaval’s primary role is seen as an enabler of tangible sustainability improvements on farms when it comes to animal welfare, working conditions and the use of energy, land and water.
  • At DeLaval, we need to secure that our own operations have clear social and environmental targets, that we behave ethically and can show progress linked to industry and global goals. 

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.