Global water stress is 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 freshwater 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.

Fazer focuses on addressing water risks, such as quality, availability and conflict over water. Water observation is a part of Fazer’s Sustainability approach and has led to several actions and commitments.

Addressing direct water use and water quality

Fazer measures water use and water quality in all production sites.

Fazer has improved water consumption and risk measurements, including defined targets for different sites. Improved wastewater quality is a general focus area for Fazer.

Fazer implemented a plan for better water management in bakeries and built waste water treatment systems in Russian sites. The new equipment efficiently cleans the bakery’s wastewater and helps achieving the necessary water quality to minimize the negative effect on the environment.

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

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.

Fazer does initiate and emphasize water risks in supplier dialogues. Water related supplier requirements are set too.

Regular investigations of risk mitigation in key supply chains and key commodities are done to enable actions for direct improvement when opportunities come.

Grain Vision is a quest on minimizing the nutrient load of the water systems caused by the production of arable crops by purchasing grain and grain products which have been grown with the best practices from the environmental point of view.

Commitment to the Baltic Sea

Fazer made a commitment to the Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG) 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.

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