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Sustainability is how we do our business

January 22, 2020

Introducing our sustainability roadmap

The future is now. And we need to act. Urbanization and climate breakdown are creating a huge pressure on logistics and the food production infrastructure. Global food production has to increase by 70% during the next 35 years to keep up with a growing population. Moreover, in only 7 years from now, 2/3 of the global population will already live in areas with water shortages.

For Kekkilä-BVB, sustainability is about a change in how we as a company do business, taking into account the whole value chain. Our four main sustainability initiatives will lead us to our main goal, that of being net positive by 2030. This means that we give more to the world than we take from it.

Sustainability roadmap

By introducing our sustainability roadmap, knowledge and collaboration help us achieve the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. The roadmap has four initiatives and eight targets. The initiatives lead the whole company towards a more sustainable future, guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These initiatives are defined as Flourishing people, Sustainable food and living, Green growth and recycling and Biodiversity and restoration. Each initiative has two targets defined in the roadmap. Our initiatives tell where we, as a company, can truly make a difference in the world. We will act and measure our impact in these areas. Measuring is knowing and a starting point for trustworthiness.

Sustainability is happening both inside and outside of our company. Focusing on how we can help our customers in the most sustainable way is the key. And the roadmap will help us achieve this.

Implementing our sustainability roadmap

Kekkilä-BVB has formed 10 multifunctional project teams who operate to make the sustainability roadmap real. Project teams are formed to enable people to include sustainability in their thinking, in their function area and in their work. As an example, Kekkilä-BVB has a project team focusing on sustainable growing practices, using e-learning for knowledge exchange. Giving feedback through the e-learning tool is a great way to learn from each other.

Continuous learning is essential when talking about sustainability. Since sustainability is at the core of our business, questions such as what sustainability means for each business area are part of our daily discussions. Acting in a global arena means facing different challenges in different markets. Sustainability does not mean the same thing for our customers in different parts of the world and so the challenges vary. Therefore, strategies also vary accordingly.

Read more about our initiatives, targets and concrete sustainability cases here.

For more information, contact Julien Boijmans

Author: Louise Harvig Olsmar