Dialogue and cooperation are required in order to address these complex issues. Lantmännen wants to join other food chain participants in taking leadership to drive sustainable development in the right direction.
Dialogue for sustainable development
Lantmännen’s goal is to have established dialogue in all areas and on special issues that we consider to be business critical and where challenges need to be resolved jointly with other players. These are issues where we must follow the external environment in order to take responsibility, as well as issues where we want to take the lead but cannot make a crucial difference on our own.
The issues identified as most important for Lantmännen to monitor or pursue are summarized in three areas; Thriving farming, Green energy/Bio-economy and Responsibly Produced Food. All with sustainable development as the overall theme. Dialogue on each issue is conducted with several players and through participation in forums and networks.
Some of the participants in the Initiative Sustainable Food Chain (from left): Claes Johansson, Lantmännen, Vera Söderberg HKScan, Anna Richert WWF, Kjel Lundén Pettersson Arla Foods Sweden, Maria Smith ICA, Sjöholm Orkla Foods Sweden, Erik Lindroth Tetra Pak.
Photo: Cecilia Sjöholm
Sustainable Food Chain initiative
Lantmännen is one of the players behind the Swedish Sustainable Food Chain industry initiative, launched at the EAT Forum in June 2015. The aim of the initiative is to work to ensure sustainable food production and consumption is achieved by 2030 through measures in the Swedish food chain. The background is the food sector’s complex environmental and health challenges, which require broad cooperation if they are to be resolved.
The initiative’s participants, supermarkets and producers from the different food categories, want to take leadership by identifying and implementing measures with a wide impact that make a difference.
In addition to Lantmännen, Arla Sweden, Axfood, Coop, HKScan, ICA, Löfbergs, Orkla Foods Sweden, Polarbröd and Tetra Pak stands behind the initiative, which is coordinated and led by WWF Sweden.
For the third year, Lantmännen will take part as a partner in the EAT forum held in June in Stockholm. Representatives from the academic world, business and politics from a total of 28 countries gather to discuss global challenges for health and sustainable food supply.
Cooperation for sustainable soya and palm oil
Palm oil and soya are two raw materials important for Lantmännen but also often associated with challenging conditions for cultivation and complex supply chains. Lantmännen has participated actively in national and international cooperation to contribute to a more sustainable production and to ensure that the volumes we purchase are produced in a responsible way.
Soy is a common and important source of protein in feed production. However, soy farming has negative consequences for humans and the environment around the world. This is why we support and purchase RTRS-certified soy.
To ensure responsible palm oil production, we only purchase RSPO-certified palm oil. We are also working to accelerate the transition to this responsible sourcing together with colleagues in the industry and interest groups.
Sector dialogue on soy
In 2014, representatives from the entire Swedish food chain, from feed companies to trade, came together to sign a joint petition for responsibly produced soy. The agreement meant that 100 percent of the soy used in food would be responsibly produced by 2015. This could be met either by purchasing RTRS (Round Table on Responsible Soy) certificates or by purchasing physically certified soy according to ProTerra’s criteria.
So far, the cooperation has contributed to the purchase of more than 250,000 tons of certified soy equivalent to a cultivation area greater than half of the Swedish island of Öland.
The Haga Initiative
Lantmännen is one of the members in The Haga Initiative. It is a network of companies that works to reduce carbon emissions from the business sector and highlight the climate issue by showing that ambitious climate strategies create business advantages and improve profitability. The Haga Initiative's vision is a profitable business sector without climate impact.
The network also includes: AkzoNobel, Axfood, Coca-Cola Enterprises Sweden, Folksam, Fortum Värme, Green Cargo, JM, Löfbergs, McDonald’s, HKScan Sweden, Preem, Siemens, Stena Recycling and Sveaskog.
The member companies in the Haga Initiative launch an annual Climate Report, available in Swedish.