Our responsibility from field to fork supports our ambition to contribute to the future need of bioenergy and food. We take on three challenges, shared by all actors within energy and food supply in the world.
Three challenges for future bioenergy and food supply
Production of food accounts for a large part of the world's climate impact. To ensure productive farming and food production in the future, the climate impact must decrease especially in cultivation but also in production and transports.
With almost 9 billion people and still one planet, we need to be as efficient as possible and use resources wisely and minimize loss and waste. In all steps from field to fork.
What we eat and how we eat matters. For both health and the environment. Increased knowledge and more conscious choices are needed to promote a healthy lifestyle. That is food habits for healthy people and a healthy planet.
Developing sustainable grain concepts is an important part of Lantmännen’s strategic business development. Our contribution to a more sustainable supply of food and energy is based on knowledge of grain processing and our presence all the way from field to fork. Demand for cultivated raw materials is increasing, while there is an increasing focus on the challenges of the future supply of food and energy. Lantmännen’s knowledge and proximity to cultivation provides us with unique opportunities to contribute to more sustainable production and at the same time create profitable added values for health and the environment.
Grain is our main thread
Grain is the foundation of Lantmännen's business operations. Our contribution to the development of a more sustainable supply of food and energy is based on our knowledge of grain processing and our presence all the way from field to fork. Increased growth from sustainable business requires close cooperation with other players. This takes the form of work on development and innovation with researchers and suppliers, and constructive dialogue with customers and consumers about the added values that are in demand and that can be offered.
With a focus on the cultivation stage
A big part of the value in Lantmännens produkter is created in the field, where the raw material is produced. Seen from a life cycle perspective, the greatest potential to make a difference is in the cultivation stage. In view of this, a large part of our work on sustainable business involves developing forms of cultivation with lower environmental impacts, through advice to farmers and further development of technologies and methods. Together with farmers and customers, we are also developing new grain concepts and other refined products with sustainable added values.
Our key issues
Our key issues based on impact on people, the environment and long-term profitability.
Lantmännen’s mission is to create thriving farming. The cooperative ownership model is central to long-term economic stability and endurance. The results of operations go back to Swedish farmers and are also reinvested in the business, where research and development play a key role.
Research & Innovation
Lantmännen’s knowledge and operations in every stage represent an opportunity to drive and contribute to development in the grain value chain. We focus on research that can develop and move the entire grain sector. Lantmännen’s research foundation invests in research in areas such as plant breeding, biological crop protection, use of by-products, resource management, health and eating habits.
Quality and traceability
Lantmännen’s knowledge and presence in all stages from field to fork gives us unique conditions for ensuring control and traceability of our products. The green sprout on food from Lantmännen is our guarantee of responsibly produced food, with quality and food safety playing a key role.
Environmental impact from cultivation of raw materials
For grain, Lantmännen’s most important raw material, long-term sustainability concerns the carbon footprint, soil fertility and yields over time, water, use of plant nutrients and crop protection, and effects on biodiversity. For soy, palm oil and other imported commodities, there are also social risks to manage, such as working conditions and human rights. We are working with farmers, customers and suppliers for more sustainable forms of cultivation and we have high requirements in our sourcing of raw materials. We are also developing new concepts and products with lower environmental impacts and sought-after added values.
A large proportion of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the food industry. From a lifecycle perspective, a large part of the climate impact for Lantmännen’s products is in the cultivation stage. Our own processing operations also cause carbon dioxide emissions, primarily through use of energy and transport. Our climate target is a 40 percent reduction in these emissions by 2020, with 2009 as the base year. Measures we are working on include energy efficiency and phasing out of fuel oil.
Other important issues
Lantmännen’s responsibility also includes many other issues crucial to a well functioning and long-term successful business. Work environment and safety, leadership and teamwork, and business ethics are a few examples. Product-related areas such as origin, health properties and product information are particularly important for some stakeholders.