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 water risks, such as quality, availability and conflict over water, will be one of the key sustainability focuses in 2017. Water issues and risks will be evaluated in both production and the value chain. Fazer joined the Stockholm International Water Institute's (SIWI) water cluster group that includes food industry players, to work more actively with water management during 2017. 

Addressing direct water use and water quality

Fazer measures water use and water quality in our bakeries and confectionery factories.

In Russia, planning for sewage cleaning system installations is under way. The project, which started in 2015 at the Murinskaya site continued in 2016 and has proved to be very successful. The new equipment efficiently cleans the bakery’s waste water and helps achieving the necessary water quality before the water continues into the central water system of St Petersburg, thus minimizing the negative effect on the environment. Fazer is studying the possibility of installing water sewage cleaning systems at all its Russian sites.

High meat and protein consumption has been linked to eutrophication. Fazer strives to combat eutrophication by increasing the share of vegetables in its restaurants. Nudging, which gently steers consumers to choose plant-based alternatives to meat, has proved successful in this effort and will be continued as part of the wider More Greens initiative in Fazer Food Services restaurants.

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 raw material risk mapping 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.

Commitment to the Baltic Sea

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.