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Water use, conservation, and wastewater treatment

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Water stress is a significant economic, political, social issue, and supply chain risk. Our goal is to manage and use water resources responsibly.

Global food production uses more than 70% of all freshwater. We at Fazer are set on using water responsibly throughout our production and consider our indirect impact on water use through the raw materials sourced. We focus on addressing water risks, such as quality, availability, and conflict over water. Water observation is a part of Fazer’s Sustainability approach. 

Addressing direct water use and water quality 

Fazer measures water use and quality at all production sites. We have improved water consumption and risk measurements, including defined targets for different sites. Fazer also focuses on improving the quality of wastewater. 

Environmental incident reporting and environmental incident preparedness is a given part of Fazer’s activity. 

Addressing indirect water use 

Much 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. 

In discussions with suppliers, we stress water risks and define water-related requirements. Regular investigations of risk mitigation in key supply chains and critical commodities are done to make immediate improvements whenever possible. 

Fazer Grain Vision is our quest to minimise the water’s nutrient load caused by producing arable crops. We do that by purchasing grain and grain products grown only using environmental-friendly practices. 

Commitment to the Baltic Sea 

The discharge of nitrogen and phosphorus from agriculture, wastewater, and the drainage of wetlands, as well as the burning of fossil fuels is responsible for the Baltic Sea’s acidification and eutrophication resulting from. Fazer is together with the Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG) committed to improve the condition of the Baltic Sea. 

Other dialogues are kept with Vesijärvi Foundation, WWF and SIWI.