FrieslandCampina on track with corporate responsibility and sustainability targets

27 May 2014

Since FrieslandCampina introduced its route2020 corporate strategy, with CSR and sustainability as cornerstones, the company has taken important steps towards a more sustainable dairy production chain. The dairy company has formulated a serie of goals for 2020 in four priority areas: health & nutrition, efficient and sustainable production chains, dairy development in Africa and Asia, and sustainable dairy farming. These goals were used to create action plans for the coming years. Over the longer term, FrieslandCampina has the ambition to contribute to solving three global challenges: the growing world population, aging farmers and the scarcity of natural raw materials. The CSR Report 2013 gives an overview of the most important achievements. As of this year, FrieslandCampina’s CSR Report is only available digitally. This is one way the company is contributing to the reduction of paper use, alongside other measures to tackle waste.

Cees ‘t Hart, CEO Royal FrieslandCampina:
“Milk is rich in nutrients and provides high-quality protein, essential vitamins and minerals. In light of its nutritional value, affordability and relatively low climate impact, milk fits perfectly into the concept of ‘sustainable diets’ supported and promoted by the UN Food & Agricultural Organisation. FrieslandCampina aims to contribute to nourishing a growing world population through safe and healthy diets with a low environmental impact by reducing its environmental footprint and by research, innovation and investing in sustainable solutions.”

Global challenges
Feeding the world’s growing population will be a challenge and has implications for the environment. How can enough, affordable, nutritious food be produced? Fertile land and clean drinking water are already scarce in some regions. In view of the aging population, will there still be enough farmers to produce our daily food? And will they earn enough to sustain their families? FrieslandCampina wants to contribute towards solving these global challenges through its activities.

Growing world poulation

  • Feed the growing world population
  • Ensure global security, nutrition security and affordable nutrition
  • Maintain food safety and consumer trust

 

Aging Farmers

  • Interesting young people in farming as a profession by offering good prospects for the future and by so doing responding to the worldwide fast-rising average age of farmers
  • Ensure that farmers earn an adequate income to maintain their farms and to create a positive future for themselves and their descendants
  • 750-900 million depend on the dairy farming sector for their income

 

Scarcity of natural raw materials

  • Reduce CO2 emissions and use more renewable energy
  • Manage the expanding scarcity of land, water and natural resources
  • Conserve nature and maintain biodiversity

 

Key CSR developments 2013
In the year under review closer cooperation between departments involved in procurement, processing, distribution and sales led to substantial improvements in the area of sustainability. In some improvements clients, partners and member dairy farmers played a prominent role. Key figures for 2013 are also available.

Nutrition & health

  • Reducing the salt and fat in cheese; introduction of Optimel Puur – the first yoghurt drink without added sugar or sweetener.
  • Over one million children reached through World Milk Day, the school milk programme, lesson programmes, JOGG and local initiatives.
  • Disaster Relief Partner Programme, emergency (food) aid for victims of natural disasters and refugees in partnership with The Netherlands Red Cross and with the efforts of our employees and member dairy farmers.

 

Dairy development in Asia and Africa

  • In the framework of Dairy Village Programme Indonesia collaboration agreement with the Indonesian government to increase local fresh milk production.
  • 130,000 small farmers reached with support programmes.
  • Sino-Dutch Dairy Development Centre China: an agreement with China Agricultural University and Wageningen University Research Centre for the establishment of a research and knowledge centre.
  • Exchange of knowledge and experience between member dairy farmers and dairy farmers (Farmer2Farmer programme) in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

 

Efficient and sustainable production chains

  • Energy and water efficiency in the production facilities improved by 3.2 percent and 2.3 percent respectively (per ton of product)
  • 63 percent of the electricity FrieslandCampina uses at 35 production facilities in the Netherlands is green electricity generated by mainly member dairy farms
  • All cardboard packaging used for the West-European market is fully sustainable and carries a FSC hallmark

 

Sustainable dairy farming

  • Supporting the Vision of the Future of Dutch Dairy Farming of the LTO and NZO after the ending of the milk quota in 2015: land-based dairy farming and the retention of meadow grazing so dairy farming develops in a responsible way in the Netherlands
  • Introduction of the ‘Koe-Kompas’ (Cow Compass), a management tool added to the quality and sustainability programme Foqus planet to improve the health of dairy cattle
  • Five wind turbines of three member dairy farmers produce about 27,900 MWh of electricity per year, enough for two FrieslandCampina production facilities

 

Read more about CSR or read the CSR Report 2013 (either online or in PDF)