July 12, 2021


Emmi on track to reach sustainability goals



Emmi believes it is on track to achieve its sustainability goals, the Swiss milk processor said.


Emmi reported on its progress and further objectives in its sustainability report, including the expansion of its commitment to sustainable dairy farming beyond Switzerland and new scientifically validated reduction targets throughout the value chain. Both these developments are steps towards achieving the company's netZERO 2050 vision and the ambition to ensure the best dairy moments can also be experienced by future generations, Emmi added.


Since 2011, the company has published regular sustainability reports in line with the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).


As part of its business model geared towards sustainable growth, Emmi formalised its understanding of sustainability, which has grown over the decades when it published its first comprehensive sustainability report ten years ago. Another milestone followed in 2016 with the anchoring of specific sustainability targets to be met by 2020.


The latest report now gives an account of the 2019/20 reporting period and draws a conclusion on the entire first strategy period. It also sets out Emmi's new strategic sustainability model, which is based on the fields of action of people, communities and the planet, including expanded objectives with a horizon of 2027. 


Emmi has specifically set itself targets in its key areas of sustainable dairy farming, employee development and reduction of emissions, waste and water consumption, and committed to greenhouse gas reduction targets throughout the value chain (Scope 1, 2 and 3) on the basis of science-based targets.


Additionally, Emmi made progress in all focus areas with regard to its 2020 sustainability targets. While Emmi in Switzerland now almost exclusively processes sustainably produced milk in line with its target, and was able to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions by a quarter across the group compared with the base year of 2014, circularity issues, such as waste and packaging, proved to be sticking points despite progress made in individual areas. 


The report provides detailed insights into how Emmi is addressing issues of material importance for sustainable development.


The general management approach is presented for each key issue, and progress in the area is demonstrated by business division using specific initiatives.


The report also provides detailed information on, for example, the composition of energy sources, the distribution of greenhouse gas emissions, the volumes and types of milk processed and the workforce structure in individual markets.


- Emmi