Dialogue for sustainable development
Dialogue and cooperation are needed in order to resolve common challenges for a sustainable development. Lantmännen is active and engages with other actors in the food sector, to drive in the right direction.
By participating in debate and engaging in active advocacy, Lantmännen can contribute to positive social development that promotes our businesses and strategies at the same time.
Lantmännen drives the dialogue in issues that are important to our business and social development, for example, where we want to increase our influence but are unable to move forward on our own.
The key topics identified by stakeholders for Lantmännen to monitor or pursue are categorized in three areas, with sustainable development as the overall theme. Thriving farming, Green energy/Bio-economy and Responsibly Produced Food. All with sustainable development as the overall theme.
Dialogue on each issue is conducted with several players and through participation in forums and networks.
Sustainable Food Chain Initiative
Lantmännen is one of the companies in the Swedish Sustainable Food Chain initiative, launched at the EAT Forum in June 2015. The initiative works for a sustainable food production and consumption by 2030 through measures in the Swedish food value chain. In addition to Lantmännen, Arla Sweden, Axfood, Coop, HKScan, ICA, Löfbergs, Orkla Foods Sweden, Polarbröd and Tetra Pak stands behind the initiative, which is coordinated by WWF Sweden.
The Haga Initiative
Lantmännen is one of the members in The Haga Initiative. It is a network of companies that works to reduce carbon emissions from the business sector and highlight the climate issue by showing that ambitious climate strategies create business advantages and improve profitability. The Haga Initiative's vision is a profitable business sector without climate impact.
Fossil Free Sweden Initiative
Fossil Free Sweden is a platform for dialogue and cooperation for enterprises, municipalities, associations and other types of actors that are able and willing to work for the goal to have a Sweden free from fossil free fuels. The Initiative wants to pave the way for the transition not just because it is possible but that it is profitable. Approximately 250 actors, Lantmännen is one of them, has committed to work to highlight climate efforts in Sweden and present concrete measures to reduce emissions. Fossil Free Sweden was founded by the Swedish government before the climate summit in Paris 2015.
Climate neutral fleet transports on road, KNEG, is a cooperation with the purpose to show how climate impact from road freight transports in Sweden can decrease and how participants can contribute. The cooperation started in 2006 and has 13 members. As members in KNEG, Lantmännen wants to develop solutions within both transport efficiency and bio fuels. Together with other actors, Lantmännen wants to find new business models supporting climate and sustainability targets.
Sector dialogue on soy
In 2014, representatives from the entire Swedish food chain, from feed companies to trade, came together to sign a joint petition for responsibly produced soy. The agreement within the Swedish Soy Dialogue meant that 100 percent of the soy used in food would be responsibly produced by 2015. This is met by purchasing soy certified according to a credible system accepted by the Soy Dialogue.
Lantmännen supports the organization We Effect since 2003. We Effect works to help people in poverty to a better life for example by supporting farmers in cultivating more and better food in a sustainable way. With an annual contribution to the organization and a specific project in south Malawi, Lantmännen can contribute to local farmers' production going to school childrens' meals. The children are ensured a good, nutritious meal every day, which also enhances school results.
International cooperation for soy and palm oil
Palm oil and soy are two raw materials important for Lantmännen but often associated with challenging conditions for cultivation and complex supply chains. Lantmännen has participated actively in national and international cooperation to contribute to a more sustainable production and to ensure that the volumes we purchase are produced in a responsible way.
Transparency International Sweden Corporate Supporters' Forum
Lantmännen is elected member of Transparency International, TI, Sweden ”Corporate Supporters' Forum” that work actively towards transparency, business ethics and integrity through knowledge exhange.TI is a partner of the UN and works globally to fight corruption via a number of initiatives. The Corporate Supporters' Forum is oriented to large companies in Sweden, for example Siemens, Atlas Copco, H&M, NCC, SKF and AstraZeneca, with experience of international operations, in high risk environments.
Responsible Shipping Initiative
Responsible Shipping Initiative, RSI, is a collaboration between large Swedish bulk transport buyers, striving for better working conditions and safety on the Baltic and North Sea through industry cooperation. It is a non-profit organization, and the current members are Lantmännen, BillerudKorsnäs, EFO, SSAB, Stockholm Exergi and Södra.
Lantmännen is an important actor throughout the grain value chain. As a big company we have a big responsibility. The responsibility is clarified for example in international principles and initiatives. Lantmännen is a signatory to United Nations initiative for business, Global Compact.
Baltic Stewardship Initiative
WWF is driving the Baltic Stewardship Initiative - an international network - that will push the food value chain actors to increase circulation and minimize the leakage of plant nutrients through sustainable and profitable methods. Behind the initiative are WWF, Lantmännen and LRF with financial support from the Swedish Board of Agriculture. The goal is to decrease eutrophication to rivers, lakes and the Baltic Sea.