Sustainability

At DeLaval, our vision to make sustainable food production possible is at the core of everything we do.

Sustainability for us is about doing more with less and doing it well. For our customers, it means helping them reduce the environmental impact of every litre of milk produced in a way that is good for the animal and for anyone working on a farm.

Internally, it's about innovating to achieve these goals but also minimising our own waste and energy, while providing decent working conditions in an inclusive company.

In 2023, we undertook a benchmarking exercise with peers and downstream value chain players such as farmers, dairy processors, and retailers. In addition, we reviewed the expectations from investors, banks, ESG ratings agencies and the dairy industry as a whole. Combining the results from a double materiality assessment with feedback from internal and external stakeholders, we have identified 14 ESG focus areas to manage, improve, monitor, and report progress on.

Environment

The best way for us to reach the UN Goals on climate change is to reduce the impact of every litre of milk sold. We’re also reducing our own emissions internally in everything we do.

Animal Welfare

Everything we do has food, human and animal well-being in mind. Our innovative solutions and services aim to improve milk quality, food production, animal welfare, and both the animals’ and humans’ environment, enabling a lower environmental footprint and lower antibiotic usage.

Social and Economic

We innovate to provide solutions that make dairy farmers’ lives easier and more profitable. Internally, we use a Corporate Governance framework to ensure good working conditions. Our goal is long-term economic growth that contributes to social and environmental sustainability.

Innovations

For us, innovation is about creating new solutions that can help reduce the environmental impact on farms while improving the conditions for both the animals and people working there. It’s also the key to profitability at DeLaval and for helping our customers run profitable operations.

What is material to us?

We looked at different topics and evaluated which were the most material (i.e. significant) to our operations and society at large. This has led to a prioritisation of our future action plans. We looked at what was material for both our customers’ operations and our own. The external stakeholders included dairy processors, industry associations, academic institutions, NGOs, and customers. Combining the results from the double materiality assessment with feedback from internal and external stakeholders, we have identified 14 ESG focus areas to manage, improve, monitor, and report progress on.

DeLaval Scientific Committee

Facilitating research contacts and collaborations between DeLaval and external research parters.

Here you can read more about the Gustaf de Laval Fund, which arrange annual funding possibilities for master and PhD students for research projects around different focus areas. 

Milk Sustainability Center

A collaboration between DeLaval and John Deere for more sustainable dairy farming.

Contact

If you have any questions regarding sustainability at DeLaval,
please feel free to contact us.