Global water stress is fast becoming a major economic, political and social issue, as well as a supply chain risk.

The global production of food is responsible for more than 70% of fresh water consumption. Fazer has set as an objective to manage and use water resources in a responsible way. We need to use water responsibly throughout our production processes, but also consider our indirect impact on water use through the raw materials sourced.

Addressing direct water use and water quality

Fazer measures water use and water quality in our bakeries and confectionery factories. In 2015, Fazer installed a local sewage system in its Murinskoe bakery in St Petersburg. The new system has a 3-step approach to cleaning waste water before releasing it to the central water system. The 70 m3 of sewage water cleaned daily is free of pollutants, minimising the bakery’s impact on the environment.

Fazer made a commitment to the Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG) in 2013 to improve the condition of the Baltic Sea. The acidification and eutrophication of the Baltic Sea is a result of the discharge of nitrogen and phosphorus from agriculture, waste water, the drainage of wetlands, and the use of energy and fossil fuels. Through our commitment, we want to take action and do something about it. You can read more about our commitment here.

Addressing indirect water use

A lot of the water we use is indirectly consumed through the raw materials we import from other countries. Therefore, this is an important factor to consider while sourcing raw materials. Fazer uses a tool to identify the raw materials sourced from areas of water scarcity, allowing us to address this issue in our sourcing process and dialogue with the suppliers.