The global production of food has an impact on biodiversity and is one of the causes of deforestation. Biodiversity refers to the many millions of distinct biological species found on earth, the outcome of four billion years of evolution. It underpins the health of the planet and has a direct impact on all our lives, providing us with food security, clean water and air. Climate change, pollution, the changing use of land, eutrophication, acidification, deforestation, and overfishing all affect biodiversity.
This year, Fazer continued its three-year collaboration with WWF Finland to secure and preserve biodiversity. The Group aims to better identify and affect the environmental impacts in its supply chain, and support sustainable choices with its products and services.
Consumers are increasingly concerned about the sustainability of food production, and where ingredients and raw materials come from. Fazer acknowledges the challenges posed by environmental and social issues in our supply chain. For many years, the Group has worked to make its value chain transparent and raise its responsibility in sourcing essential raw materials like cocoa, palm oil, fish and grain. You can read more about how we work with a fair value chain and responsible farming for cocoa, palm oil and fish here.
Fazer wants to purchase grain and grain products which have been grown with consideration to the best practises from an environmental point of view. Fazer's long-term vision is to minimise, for its part, the nutrient load of the water system caused by the production of arable crops in our home market area. Fazer wants to increase and promote, in cooperation with the farmers, the utilisation of sustainable production methods.
Fazer Sustainable Grain Farming Principles
Substantial progress was made towards fulfilling the Fazer Grain Vision, and Fazer’s Sustainable Grain Farming Principles were developed and approved. Fazer’s Sustainable Grain Farming Principles serve as a basis for active sustainability cooperation with farmers. The principles aim at minimising eutrophication and the use of chemicals while supporting resource efficiency and productivity. The Fazer Grain Vision is part of Fazer’s Baltic Sea commitment. In 2016, Fazer Bakery and Fazer Mills in Sweden and Finland set a target that all grain shall fulfil the Fazer Grain Vision principles by 2025.
Committed to Zero deforestation
Fazer continued the development of its Zero deforestation commitment in close dialogue with WWF during 2016. Deforestation is a major cause of climate change, causing loss of habitat to animal and plant species as well as flooding and soil erosion. Deforestation also threatens the livelihoods of people who receive their food and income from forests.
The main raw materials causing deforestation and used by Fazer were identified; attention will be paid in particular to the responsible use of palm oil, direct and indirect soy use and pulp and paper-based packaging in Fazer’s operations. Fazer aims to tackle the deforestation challenge by ensuring that its raw materials are purchased from sustainable sources where human and labour rights as well as land tenure rights are respected. Fazer aims not to purchase raw materials from areas with high conservation value, primary forests, areas that require conversion of natural vegetation or from sources that create harmful pressures on natural ecosystems.