This is Lantmännen’s brand promise. Our customers and consumers should feel confident that we have knowledge and control throughout the entire business and that we are doing all that we can to minimize the negative impact on people, environment and natural resources.

This responsibility is defined and further specified in Lantmännen’s Code of Conduct. Lantmännen is also a signatory of Global Compact, the UN initiative for responsible business, which involves a commitment to implement the Global Compact’s ten principles in all parts of the business. We have analyzed what the UN Agenda 2030 means for our business and what Sustainable Development Goals that are of high relevance to our assignment and business.

Lantmännen’s Code of Conduct

Lantmännen’s Code of Conduct contains guidelines ensuring a good working environment and social conditions, environmental responsibility and good business ethics. The code is based on the principles of the UN Global Compact principles and has been adjusted to the business and focus areas of Lantmännen. Policies and guidelines have also been developed for more specific issues relating to Lantmännen’s business. The Code of Conduct applies to all Lantmännen employees as well as board members and trustees in the organization. Certain parts also apply to our suppliers and business partners. These parts are specified in our Supplier Code of Conduct.

Implementing the Code of Conduct is an important part in managing risk and ensuring responsibility. All employees are trained in the code, and compliance is monitored annually by group management. Reporting of non-compliances to the Code of Conduct can be done either to a manager or anonymously through an external whistleblowing function.

Areas included in Lantmännen’s Code of Conduct

  • Environment: cultivation, products and raw materials, resources and production
  • Business ethics: integrity and combating corruption, conflict of interests, information security
  • Society: stakeholder dialogue, brand and marketing communications, security and risk management, taxes
  • Social conditions – freedom of association, working hours, wages, forced labor, child labor, equal treatment
  • Work environment, health and safety – work environment, safety and health
  • Products and services – traceability, origin and safety, research and innovation, new technology

The Code of Conduct also contains a section about follow-up and compliance.

Download and read our Code of Conduct in its entirety
Lantmännen’s Code of Conduct 


Responsibility in the supply chain

Lantmännen purchases big volumes of grain, other materials and supplies.  Transports and energy are other major sourcing categories. We aim for long term and developing relations with our suppliers, where responsibility and profitability go hand in hand. 


Social and environmental responsibility in the supply chain contains many complex issues and challenges. It covers business ethics and working conditions at suppliers and sub-suppliers as well as climate, emissions, impact on biodiversity and other environmental aspects.


Lantmännen works systematically with risk identification, management and follow up related to suppliers. Our Supplier Code of Conduct apply to all suppliers, regardless of what products or services they deliver, and clarifies Lantmännen’s expectations on environment, business ethics, social responsibility and working conditions. The Supplier Code of Conduct is an integrated part of the purchase process. Our suppliers commit to comply with the Code of Conduct by having it attached as an appendix in our supplier agreements and it must be included as a contract clause when a new agreement is signed or when the conditions of the existing agreement is renegotiated.


Compliance with the Supplier Code of Conduct is very important to Lantmännen’s business. The target is to have 100 % of purchase from approved suppliers.  Monitoring and follow up on compliance with the requirements in the Supplier Code of Conduct is performed through self assessment and third party audit. Lantmännen priorities suppliers or purchase categories with identified high risk or big potential for improvement.
Read more about follow up on the Supplier Code of Conduct in our Annual Report with Sustainability report and the Appendix Sustainability management and indicators

Read more about our Supplier Code of Conduct and find it all available languages.

 


Clear rules and regulations for business ethics and anti-corruption

Lantmännen sets high standards for ethical conduct and business ethics, and works to combat all forms of corruption and to promote free and fair competition.

The Code of Conduct emphasizes the zero tolerance for violation of anti-corruption or competition laws. The compliance program requires annual reporting to the Board and Group management and employees can also report incidents through a whistle-blowing system.


Global Compact - responsible business

In 2009, Lantmännen signed the Global Compact, the UN initiative for responsible business, which involves a commitment to implement the Global Compact’s ten principles in the business. The Global Compact also requires annual disclosure of progress and performance in the form of a COP (Communication on Progress). Lantmännen’s Annual Report including Sustainability Report and Appendix Sustainability Management and Indicators, together with information on our website, are structured in such a way as to meet these requirements.

Read CEO’s letter with a statement on commitment and results for the year.

Learn more about the Global Compact and COP 

The 10 Global Impact Principals

  1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
  2. Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
  3. Businesses should uphold freedom of association & effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
  4. The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
  5. The effective abolition of child labour
  6. Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
  7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
  8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
  9. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
  10. Businesses should work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery

Lantmännen’s contribution to Agenda 2030

In 2015, the leaders of the world signed the Agenda 2030, United Nations 17 goals for sustainable development. To reach the goals, great efforts in partnerships are needed on international, national and local level. All companies, organizations and actors are encouraged to take responsibility and implement the sustainability goals in strategy and reporting.

Lantmännen has analyzed what Agenda 2030 means for our responsibility and our role, and to what extent relevant goals are integrated in existing processes and operations.  Five of the goals; Zero Hunger, Clean and Affordable Energy for all, Responsible Consumption and production, Climate Action and Life on Land are directly linked to Lantmännen’s assignment, business and to our focus areas for sustainable development. 

There are other goals important to our impact and responsibility and these are reflected in our Code of Conduct.  

Read more about UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

 

 


Product Quality Guarantee

Quality, safety and traceability of our food are important parts of Lantmännen’s promise of good food. We have a well-developed quality and food safety program, with several checkpoints throughout the production chain. All of Lantmännen’s food production facilities are certified according to international standards for food safety, like ISO 22000 or BRC, and reviewed by independent third parties. To meet new and changing expectations from customers and consumers and become even better at identifying and managing risks and deviations, we are constantly developing our processes and methods. 

Read more about our food brands at Cerealia and Unibake.

The green sprout emblem on our packaging guarantees responsibly produced food. Food that we make an effort to provide in a sustainable manner, from field to fork.