Fazer is committed to minimising the amount of edible food that is thrown away by reducing food wastage. 

In the beginning of 2015, Fazer made a commitment to sustainable development by joining the national initiative “Suomi, jonka haluamme 2050” (“The Finland we want by 2050”). Fazer's operational commitment has to do with lifestyles that respect the load that the environment can bear and an economy that is resource-wise. Fazer is committing itself to minimising the amount of edible food that is thrown away by reducing food wastage.

Every year, a third of all the food that is produced for people is lost or wasted. When edible food is wasted, the raw materials, input and energy used to produce it are also wasted, causing the greenhouse gases and emissions that accelerate eutrophication to have been generated for nothing.

Fazer is committed to promoting the reduction of food waste in its restaurants, as well as in the bakery and confectionery businesses.

The objectives of Fazer's commitment

  • Together with our customers, we will develop operating methods which help us reduce food waste in our restaurants, both in the presentation and on customers' plates. 
  • We will donate surplus products to food aid.
  • We will develop the measuring and monitoring of food wastage in our restaurants.
  • We will survey and promote means to use ingredients that are guaranteed to be safe, but whose appearance does not comply with the set requirements.

Through this commitment, we will gather Fazer's actions to reduce wastage and explore means to cut food waste.

Indicators of the commitment

In 2014–2015, indicators and operating models were be created to measure biowaste. In 2015, Fazer implemented a food waste measurement model for Fazer Food Services and adopted two waste reduction targets:

• Reduce food waste (storage and display) in restaurants by 5g per portion by 2017.
• Through campaigning and portioning development, reduce guest plate waste in restaurants by 5g per portion by 2017, using 2015 as the baseline.

Waste reduction targets were also adopted in Fazer Cafés and the Gateau bakery shop chain in Sweden. Fazer Cafés decided to increase focus on reducing food waste by setting a target to develop a process for donating unsold food to charity during 2016 and reducing organic waste. The Gateau bakery shop chain in Sweden adopted a target to reduce display waste by 40 per cent until 2020.

Fazer Bakery, Fazer Confectionery and Fazer Mills Finland are commited to reducing waste by 10 per cent per produced tonne till 2020 using 2014 as baseline.

Society's commitment to sustainable development 

“The Finland we want by 2050” is a social commitment to sustainable development and the shared long-term hope for the future of Finland. Through this social commitment, the government and the administration, in collaboration with other actors, pledge to promote sustainable development in all their work and operations. By establishing operational commitments, different societal operators, such as companies and organisations, can commit themselves to doing their part in attaining the objectives. Further information: http://www.ym.fi/sitoumus2050