Sustainability at Emmi
There are many paths open to a company to promote its own sustainability. However, too much variety complicates management, control and communication. At Emmi, we are therefore focusing our sustainability commitment on four key areas leading up to 2020 – areas which have the greatest relevance and over which we can have the most influence.
We are supported in this by our partner, WWF Switzerland. In this partnership, WWF Switzerland assumes the role of a demanding, critical but constructive specialist.
Based on my experience from business and politics, I firmly believe that long-term sustainability is vital to the survival of a company. In my role as Chairman of the Board of Directors, it is therefore important to me that sustainability have a high priority in Emmi’s corporate strategy.
Chairman of the Board
As CEO, my main duty is to ensure the long-term commercial success of Emmi. I firmly believe that our customers and consumers will reward us if we as Emmi shoulder our responsibility. Investments in sustainability are therefore an important prerequisite for Emmi’s future corporate success.
Emmi has formulated an objective for each of its four focus areas through to 2020. Achieving these objectives takes priority. We also support selected flagship projects in the topic areas that are particularly commendable or innovative, thus orientating ourselves towards the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Above all, we are committed to acting openly and transparently. An important factor in this regard is our dialogue with various stakeholders.
improve animal welfare
— Animal welfare is difficult to measure. Health is undoubtedly a crucial factor. It was with this in mind that we launched the “healthy and long-living” cows project in 2017, which saw a veterinarian provide regular and preventive support to interested dairy farmers over a period of three years to help them keep their cows fit and healthy.Mehr dazu
Gerber fondue "often keeps longer"
— 29 September 2020 is the first UN International Day against Food Waste. The misleading "best before ..." is one reason for food waste: it is merely a guarantee of quality, but is often understood as an expiry date. For this reason, Emmi labels selected products with the label "often good after". Now also the popular Gerber fondue.More
“Topless” for the environment
— Emmi is removing the extra plastic lids on dairy products like cream and crème fraîche. This move will reduce the amount of plastic used by some 20 %, with a free, reusable alternative available to ensure the same product protection.Mehr dazu
Dairy products «often keep longer»
— Products with a best-before date, which include dairy products, often have a much longer shelf life. This is why Emmi is teaming up with Too Good To Go and adding the designation “often keeps longer” to a selection of its products. This phrase is intended to encourage consumers to check the condition of products that have exceeded their best-before date by using their own senses “look, smell, taste” and thus avoid food waste.More
Positive CDP rating
— By the end of 2020 we want to reduce our global CO2emissions by 25 percent. We provide transparent information on the emissions we cause and the progress we are making in this area. With that in mind, we regularly take part in the CDP. In 2019 we received a B- grade from the climate experts of this globally active non-profit organisation.More
Environmentally friendly pot wins Sustainability Award 2019
— Inspired by the Emmi Vision, an invitation was issued for sustainable Emmi moments in line with the 2019 sustainability motto. The quality of the projects submitted was once again a step up on the previous year. The jury was most impressed by the introduction of a new yogurt pot that produces around 60 % less CO2emissions than a conventional pot.More
Our new Sustainability Report is available!
— In our new Sustainability Report, we give a comprehensive account of our commitment to sustainability. In doing so, we follow the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).Emmi Sustainability Report 5 (PDF)
CO2-emissions in milk processing
There’s a lot of energy in our products – quite literally, since a great deal of it is required for heating, refrigeration, pumping and homogenisation during the production process. Added to this are transportation to, and storage in, our suppliers’ stores, our own, and our customers’.Learn more
Alternative energy sources in milk processing
Companies with long-term plans have to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. At Emmi, we have been testing the suitability of alternative energy sources for industry use for almost 20 years.Learn more
Expert knowledge from WWF
Processing milk is our core competence. That’s why our efforts to protect the environment are underpinned by the opinions of proven experts – experts such as those of our partner, WWF Switzerland.Learn more
Emmi and the dairy farmers
There is a close relationship between Emmi and its milk suppliers – for more than 100 years.Learn more
Creating added value with milk
The 1950s advertising slogan of the West German dairy industry “Milch macht müde Männer munter” (milk revitalises tired men) is just one example of how the virtues of milk as a nutritious drink full of vitamins and minerals used to be extolled around the world.Learn more
Packaging: not just a pretty case
Food packaging has to perform several different functions and its development is a complex process that keeps many of our employees on their toes. Unfortunately, it’s rarely possible to satisfy all demands in equal measure. Because packaging has only a limited impact on a food’s environmental effects, product protection takes priority at Emmi.Learn more
Throwing food away shouldn’t be worthwhile
Hand on heart, we at Emmi waste food. Less so at our Swiss production facilities than those abroad, but there is room for improvement across the board. Reducing food waste is comparatively easy when it’s financially worthwhile, but becomes more complicated in situations where we dispose of food because it’s the simplest and cheapest solution.Learn more
Management means responsibility
If we are to remain successful in future as a global milk processor, we will be dependent on entrepreneurial, personal, social, technical and methodological competences at every level and in every business unit. It is for this reason that talent and succession planning are essential elements in Emmi’s human resources strategy.Learn more
We are continually developing!
We see a healthy corporate culture as a central aspect of sustainable business management, and so our day-to-day work is underpinned by our corporate values. These include the need for every individual to contribute towards the company’s sustainable development through his or her own sense of personal responsibility, honesty and expertise.Learn more