Our progress

From the crop all the way to the brand on the store shelf

Our progress on sustainability

Sustainability is at the heart of our purpose Making Better Happen. Our sustainability work is embedded in all parts of the AAK value chain, from the crop all the way to the brand on the store shelf.

At AAK, we work hard to make better sustainability happen, from plant to brand. Our three focus areas are Better Sourcing, Better Operations and Better Solutions. Learn more about our commitments, ambitions, and progress below.

Better Sourcing

 


Commitment

Protecting biodiversity and ecosystems. Reducing environmental impact

Ambition

100 percent verified deforestation-free palm and soy by 2025

Key achievements 2021

Significantly increased verified deforestation-free palm volumes by 34 percent compared to 2020

Soy decreased by 3 percent since 2020

 


Commitment

Empowering smallholders and women to improve livelihoods

Ambition

Continue to increase our impact on women and smallholders

Key achievements 2021

7,365 women enrolled in the Kolo Nafaso program, bringing the total to more than 353,000 – an increase by 2 percent compared to 2020  

4,250 smallholders engaged within palm and coconut 

 


Commitment

Embedding the respect for human rights  

Ambition

Human rights due diligence embedded across all key raw materials by 2025

Key achievements 2021

100 percent of countries of origin risk-assessed and salient issues identifed 

Action plan initiated for palm oil 

 

Better Operations

 


Commitment

Enabling the well-being of our people 

Ambition

Human rights due diligence embedded across all sites by 2025

Key achievement 2021

100 percent of sites risk-assessed, salient issues identified, and plans initiated 

 


Commitment

Minimizing our environmental impact 

Ambition

Increase annual sourcing of renewable electricity from 12 percent in 2019 to 100 percent by 2025

Key achievements 2021

Increased annual sourcing of renewable electricity with 50 percentage points, compared to 2020

Decreased waste and water consumption per unit processed material by 18.6 and 20.9 percent, respectively, compared to 2020

 


Commitment

Being a better neigbour

Ambition

Relevant community engagement programs at our sites

Key achievement 2021

Several relevant community engagement programs based on impact assessments, one of them leading to the donation of 7,361 trees

 

Better Solutions

 


Commitment

Co-developing with customers to do good for people and planet  

Ambition

Ensure sustainability is fully embedded in the opportunity management process and strongly embedded in our customer co-development engagements 

Key achievement 2021

Tools created and embedded in our customer co-development approach, enabling progress towards sustainable development

 


Commitment

Increasing the demand for better solutions 

Ambition

Identify and share best practices on selling sustainable solutions

Key achievement 2021

Development of consumer-driven sustainability value propositions, more specifically increasing the demand for RSPO*-certified volumes      

*Check our progress on www.rspo.org. AAK's license number is RSPO-1106005 

 


Commitment

Enhancing sustainable development with our solutions   

Ambition

50 percent of revenue contributing to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2025 

Key achievement 2021

31 percent of revenue contributing to SDGs