Now and for generations to come
FrieslandCampina is working on the retention of pasture grazing, continuous improvement of animal health and animal welfare, and the preservation of biodiversity. The aim is to reduce the use of scarce natural resources such as water, raw materials and fossil fuels. FrieslandCampina aims to keep the emission of greenhouse gases in 2020 equal to 2010 levels. This also applies in case of an increase in milk production. This includes the greenhouse gases released at member dairy farms, during transport from the farm to production facilities and when the dairy is processed at the production facilities. To achieve climate-neutral growth, FrieslandCampina is working on creating an efficient and sustainable production chain. These elements of the strategy are in line with two of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals: ‘Clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), ‘Affordable and clean energy’ (SDG 7), ‘Responsible consumption and production’ (SDG 12), ‘Climate action’ (SDG 13), ‘Life on land’ (SDG 15) and ‘Partnerships for the goals’ (SDG 17).
In order to realise climate-neutral growth, FrieslandCampina is working on several initiatives for an efficient and sustainable production chain. This means sustainable dairy farms, purchasing sustainable (agricultural) basic materials and reduction of the use of energy for the production of dairy products. Besides, FrieslandCampina encourages member dairy farmers to generate sustainable energy, for example by means of wind turbines, solar panels or biomass, by issuing green certificates. Also manure monofermentation is an interesting option for reducing GHG emissions.
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By 2020, in all of its branches throughout the world, FrieslandCampina wants to be using 100 percent renewable energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar and biomass, and have as much as possible of this energy generated by member dairy farms. FrieslandCampina wants to keep the Company’s water consumption per tonne of product by 2020 equal to or below 2010 levels.
Sustainable procurement of raw materials
FrieslandCampina has set increasingly high standards relating to sustainability and origin in the procurement of raw materials. In addition to milk, FrieslandCampina also uses other agricultural raw materials for its products. By 2020, FrieslandCampina aims to limit the procurement of agricultural raw materials and paper packaging to fully sustainably managed sources. Agricultural raw materials that are already (partially) purchased from sustainably managed sources include products such as cocoa, soy oil, palm oil, cane sugar, starch and paper packaging. These products have globally recognised certificates or they are raw materials for which a plan for sustainable development will be created in cooperation with suppliers.
The production of dairy products not only requires milk, but a wide range of other agricultural raw and packaging materials as well. By 2020, FrieslandCampina aims to only purchase these materials from fully sustainably managed sources. Agricultural raw materials that are already (partially) purchased from sustainably managed sources include cocoa, soy oil, palm oil, coconut oil, cane sugar, beet sugar, starch and paper for packagings. In 2018, the share of raw materials purchased from sustainably managed sources increased to 77 percent (2017: 55 percent). FrieslandCampina in 2018 chose a packaging made from plant-based materials for its long shelf-life Chocomel. Apart from the cardboard packaging, produced from wood that for 100 percent originates from FSCcertified forests, the cap and the packaging’s outer layer are also made from plants. On an annual basis, this comprises some 40 million containers. FrieslandCampina received a four-star certificate (‘OK Biobased’) from the accredited inspection and certification organisation Vinçotte for this packaging.
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Pasture grazing: cows in meadowsRead more about how FrieslandCampina encourages its member dairy farmers in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany to put their cows and young cattle out into the meadows.
Improving animal health and animal welfare and extending cow life is a key aspect of the Foqus planet programme of the member dairy farmers. Healthy cows that are well taken care of live longer, require fewer veterinary drugs and supply milk more efficiently. FrieslandCampina’s commitment surpasses the animals owned by the member farmers. Through the international Dairy Development Programme we also train thousands of farmers to be mindful of the health and welfare of their animals. In addition, we take the welfare of the animals that are required for the ingredients of our products into account, such as the living conditions of the chickens that lay the eggs.
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Nature is the engine of every dairy farm. The growth of crops and milk production are dependent on the natural system, and consequently on biodiversity. In addition, society is increasingly focusing on biodiversity. The dairy farming sector manages more than one third of the countryside and consequently is a key determining factor in the landscape. FrieslandCampina and its members have a material interest in strengthening biodiversity. Since 2015, member dairy farmers have been financially compensated for contributing to preserving biodiversity. Dairy farmers that are actively involved in preserving varieties, nature and landscape can earn development points in the sustainability component of the Foqus planet programme.
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