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Sustainability

We want to provide people with good nutrition, both now and in the future. We want to achieve this in a sustainable way. As one of the largest dairy companies in the world, we are in a unique position to make a positive impact on dairy farming, animal health and environmental sustainability.

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Animal welfare
Green energy at farms and production locations
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Your partner in sustainability

While we provide the world with essential nutrition, our concern for global health is also driving our increasing efforts to limit the pressure on natural resources and the environment. To achieve climate-neutral growth, FrieslandCampina is working on creating an efficient and sustainable production chain. Therefore, many sustainability initiatives are in place along the full value chain:

On the farm

  • Owned by farmers (11.476 member dairy farms in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany)
  • Focus on green energy and biodiversity
  • Animal health & welfare
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In the supply chain

  • Complete chain control, from grass to glass
  • Sustainable sourcing and production
  • Measurable goals in water, energy and waste reduction
  • Better products & packaging
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In our society

  • Training of dairy farmers in upcoming countries through our Dairy Development Programme (DDP)
  • 250,000+ farmers reached through DDP since the 1980’s
  • Contributing to food security and sustainable dairy production
  • Raising the living standards of farmers around the world
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In our world

FrieslandCampina is actively supporting 6 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations (UN).

  • SDG 2: End hunger and improve nutrition
  • SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth
  • SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production
  • SDG 13: Take action to combat climate change
  • SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of nature
  • SDG 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
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Your partner in sustainability

Do you want to read more or work together on this topic to create a more sustainable product chain?

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Renewable energy production by dairy farmers

Generation of renewable energy is typically something related to farmers. Large roof tops are well suited for solar panels. Besides, the green meadows offer room for grazing cows, but also catch a lot of wind. It is for these reasons the farm is an extremely suited place for renewable energy production. FrieslandCampina sees already more than 2300 member farms producing green electricity.

Energy transition

The website frieslandcampinaopwek.nl shows live how much green electricity is produced and for example how many households can be provided with electricity. Thanks to this website FrieslandCampina offers insight in how all the local initiatives of his members add up to national level. Thanks to the own initiatives from dairy farmers and programs like the Solar program of FrieslandCampina the production of green electricity is likely to rise quick in the coming years.

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Animal welfare

Improving animal health and animal welfare and extending cow life is a key aspect of the member dairy farmers. Healthy cows that are well taken care of live longer, require fewer veterinary drugs and supply milk more efficiently. FrieslandCampina’s commitment surpasses the animals owned by the member farmers. Through the international Dairy Development Programme we also train thousands of farmers to be mindful of the health and welfare of their animals.

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Biodiversity Monitor

FrieslandCampina, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Rabobank have developed a methodology to measure the impact of dairy farms on biodiversity. This Biodiversity Monitor uses Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure the performance of a dairy farm in the area of biodiversity and provides insights into possible farming improvements. This integrated approach to biodiversity is unique in the world. The KPIs are as follows:

  • Greenhouse emissions
  • Nitrogen soil balance
  • Ammonia emissions
  • Share of farmland used for protein production
  • Share of permanent grasslands
  • And the share of nature and landscape management.