We strive to minimise our environmental impact by improving energy efficiency, supporting sustainable water use and farming, and preventing waste.

Our mission is Food with a purpose. It refers to the joy we want to bring with our products and services, but also to our goal of offering our customers sustainably produced food. We want to promote the well-being of the planet as well as that of its inhabitants.

Focus and goals

  • Reducing climate impact and increasing energy efficiency
  • Preventing waste and loss of raw materials
  • Managing and using water resources responsibly
  • Supporting sustainable farming and preventing loss of biodiversity
  • Raising environmental awareness

2018 and onwards

  • Reducing Fazer’s energy consumption per produced tonne with 20% from the 2011 level by 2020
  • Implementing a packaging vision by examining alternatives for more sustainable packaging
  • Reducing CO2 emissions from bakery transports through shared deliveries with other companies
  • Continuing implementation of our No Deforestation Commitment
  • Implementing Fazer Grain Vision

Performance in 2017

We reviewed our energy long term plan and targets in 2017. In 2017, our energy consumption was 0.85 MWh/production tonne, and renewable energy made up 88% of our total energy consumption. In 2017, energy consumption per produced tonne decreased slightly. Despite the significant changes caused by business acquisitions to Fazer’s environmental footprint, we are committed to reducing Fazer’s energy consumption per produced tonne with 20% by 2020. The electricity used at all our sites in Finland, Sweden and Latvia is 100% renewable.

We continued to develop our Water Stewardship Plan, and joined a “Water and Food” cluster group facilitated by SIWI Swedish Water House in Sweden. The aim was to better understand and address our water risks in both production and raw material sourcing. The purpose is to identify and mitigate our impact on water in the value chain, identify main risks, and establish a plan of action. We looked into waste water quality at production facilities and created a waste water road map for 3 industrial sites (Neva, Smolenskaya and Zvezdny in Russia) to improve waste water quality and share best practices. In 2017, our water consumption decreased slightly.

We renewed our Baltic Sea Commitment for 2018–2022. In it, we commit to developing our production, ways of working and offering in a way that contributes to the promotion of the ecological balance of the Baltic Sea. The commitment involves actions and targets concerning circular economy, sustainable grain farming, water stewardship plan and offering development.

We published our Sustainable Grain Farming Principles, which we have developed in co-operation with farmers. We continue to cultivate a strong dialogue with the farming community to implement the principles and to improve the sustainability of farming. Studies are conducted to monitor how the fulfilment of the principles is developing.

We continue to promote the use of vegetables, as their impact on the climate is smaller than that of meat. In Sweden, we started using a Carbon calculator tool in a few restaurants to plan our menus and calculate the carbon footprint of individual dishes. We shared this information with our customers to support them in making sustainable choices.

We organised Fazer Foodathon to find innovative plant-based food products and introduced the Wicked Rabbit vegetarian food concept. We joined a Sustainable Food Chain initiative “Hållbar Livsmedelkedja” in Sweden to work towards a more sustainable food chain together with key stakeholders and WWF Sweden. Fazer Group joined the Climate Leadership Council (CLC), which challenges companies and society to act on climate change.

In Fazer Bakery Finland we developed a packaging vision 2018–2020. According to this vision, we will consider environmentally friendlier packaging materials when revising product packaging or designing packaging for new products. In Sweden we also started looking at ways to use recycled and sustainably produced packaging material. During autumn 2017 we started an in-depth analysis of how we can fulfil this target looking at the whole value chain. The plan is yet to be finalised, but we  already managed to reduce plastic packaging materials by 65 tonnes between May 2016 and May 2017.

We continued our work to reduce waste and raw material loss. We increased awareness of the issue with a Group-wide workshop, specified instructions for shop personnel, applied a Consumer App in Gateau bakery shops in Sweden to sell products with a high discount near closing time and donated surplus products to charities.

In Fazer Food Services we organised waste reduction campaigns, which resulted in food waste reduction in restaurants in Sweden , Denmark and Norway. In Finland we changed the measurement method in 2017, which makes comparison with hte previous year difficult. More food waste reduction actions are planned in order to reach our target.

Due to the changes in our industrial footprint, waste and by-products and raw material consumption per produced tonne increased. However, the comparable figures show the declining trend also in these areas.

The total number of environmental incidents during 2017 was 14. The incidents were related to starts of fires, flour sprays, spills and leakages. All incidents were categorised as minor.

We continue to work with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We identified the following goals as the most material to our environmental sustainability work:

Fazer of the Future

We will continue the work to reduce our energy consumption per produced tonne and strive to further increase the share of renewables by following the market development of renewable energy in Russia.

We will continue systematic work to reduce raw material loss and waste in all our businesses.

Our focus on water issues will be even stronger in 2018. We will begin implementation of the Fazer Water Stewardship Plan. The availability of fresh water, raw material production in potentially water-sensitive areas and waste water management are among topics that we intend to address. Through the Fazer Sustainable Grain Farming Principles we will continue our work to reduce the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea.

Sustainable packaging is an important focus area for the coming years. We aim for holistic sustainable packaging solutions throughout the value chain. 

We will continue to develop new plant-based products in Fazer Lifestyle Foods and to promote the use of vegetables in Fazer Food Services.

Fazer Group's Annual Review 2017 PDF