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Caring for our communities

We create positive social impact and shared value while making sustainable dairy the norm.

Through our work, we also contribute to social development and count on the commitment of our suppliers and partners every day – from the farmers who supply our milk to our trading partners to the communities where our farms are located. Only by working together will we be able to create long-term added value and successfully develop our business in an environmentally and socially sustainable way. 

In rural regions, in particular, we directly and indirectly create substantial added value and support our milk suppliers in a variety of ways to produce more sustainably. We also ensure that all of our procurement is conducted in accordance with ethical principles and that human and animal rights are respected throughout our supply chain. Specific initiatives and partnerships, such as with WWF Switzerland, round off our social commitment as a primary provider of safe, high-quality and nutritious dairy products to millions of people. 

Naturally, our vision of sustainable milk production also includes environmental aspects. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from milk production, we have therefore set ourselves the target of reducing emissions from milk production by 25% per kg of milk as part of our environmental field of action.

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Our 2027 target

We will process 100% sustainable milk worldwide 

We strive to stand for products made from sustainable milk – worldwide. To reach this target, all milk suppliers must meet regionally above-average standards by 2027. In our domestic market of Switzerland, where sustainability has long been an important differentiator compared to milk products from other countries, we are committed to further developing the ‘swissmilk green’ industry standard. 

 

> Support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

We are a pioneer of the sustainability standard ‘swissmilk green’. As early as 2016, we set ourselves the goal of only processing sustainably produced cow’s milk in Switzerland. Our efforts contributed to the launch of the joint ‘swissmilk green’ standard by the Swiss dairy industry in September 2019, which incorporated a large number of our considerations. Swiss dairy farmers must meet ten basic and two additional requirements.

Today, 94% of the approximately 950 million kilograms of milk processed by us in Switzerland every year already meet the standard. Almost every ninth dairy farmer and supplier that we use produce in accordance with the standard, thereby helping to ensure that Swiss dairy products are ahead of the field, particularly in terms of animal welfare. 

To further improve animal welfare, environmental protection and prospects for farmers, we are extending our commitment to sustainable milk to our activities beyond Switzerland. Based on a list of criteria developed with experts, we assess the initial situation: how sustainably are the milk suppliers in our subsidiaries producing, and how do they compare with the regional average? On this basis, we are setting targets by the end of 2022 for improvements to be achieved by 2027.

Locally initiated programmes also support prospects for farmers. For example, in Tunisia, where the foundation initiated by Vitalait advises more than 1,800 farmers on a variety of topics, including feeding, keeping cows, careful management of the soil and economical use of water. 
 

> Target achievement as of 31.12.2021

Projects

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Our farmer ambassadors

Trust, being close to the origin and quality awareness characterise the long-lasting partnership with our dairy farmers.

Our projects

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Stories Milk and wine: the Käser family’s recipe for success

#Sustainability - 2 September 2022 | Cows, feed, wine... it’s not just milk that’s produced at the Bächlihof farm in Oberflachs. The Käser family grows most of the food for their animals themselves. The family is also particularly proud of their two and a half hectares of vineyards. “The vineyards here go back to Roman times,” explains Stefan Käser.

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Stories 130 cows, 130 names: the Suter family

#Sustainability - 12 August 2022 | Around 130 cows live on the Suter family farm. Peter Suter knows each one by name. It is clear to him that the cows do just as well on his large farm as on a small one. They have plenty of space and many helping hands to take loving care of them.

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Stories It’s all about a “colorful” mix: the Aebi family

#Sustainability - 1 July 2022 | Blue, red, pink, green – the Aebi family’s wildflower strip, which they sow every year, blooms in every color. Diversity is a top priority for them – not just for their flowers, but also for their cow breeds.

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Stories The Trüb family – organic by conviction

13 May 2022 - The Trüb family has avoided the use of fertilizers and pesticides since as far back as Simon Trüb’s great-grandfather. What was considered a pioneering spirit back then, Simon continues today out of conviction: he runs his farm according to organic standards.

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Stories Fondue in the carriage: the Kissling family

4 February 2022 - With their carriage rides, the Kissling family has built up a second leg to stand on. A delicious fondue made from sustainable milk makes the trip a special experience.

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Stories Christmas trees from the farm: the Meili family

17 December 2021 - The Meili family is very busy: In addition to dairy farming, they also cultivate Christmas trees and sell them at the regional market during the Christmas season. In the video you can find out how the Meili family got their Christmas trees, which firs are popular and how old a small Christmas tree gets.

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Stories Toni yogurt: the iconic product goes regional and gets personal

12 November 2021 - The popular Toni yoghurt has been wowing customers for almost 40 years. Now “the icon in a glass jar” is going regional and getting personal, with milk from Emmental produced by selected Emmi farmer ambassadors.

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Stories From organic to Demeter: Blum family

#Sustainability | 22 October 2021 - The Blum family from Roggliswil in the canton of Lucerne is converting their farm, "Honig", from organic to Demeter production. In the farm portrait, Thomas Blum explains what it actually means to produce Demeter products.

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Stories Renewable energy from the farm: the Arnold family

#Sustainability | 27 August 2021 - At the Arnold family home in Wikon, it’s not just the salad that comes fresh from the garden. A large part of the energy is also produced directly on the farm.

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Stories Holiday on the farm: the Wymann family

2 July 2021 - We introduce our Emmi farmer ambassadors in the video portrait series “Our farmer ambassadors”. Today, it’s the turn of the Wymann family from Oberburg. Here, you can see the cows being milked and pitch in yourself before tucking in to a delicious farm breakfast.

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Stories Fresh from the farm: the Stalder family

28 May 2021 - We introduce our farmer ambassadors in the video portrait series “Our farmer ambassadors”. Today, it’s the turn of the Stalder family from Nottwil. The 24-hour vending machine offers fresh milk, crisp fruit and sweet berries.

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Stories Learning on the farm: Pfefferli family

23 April 2021 - In the video portrait series “Our Farmer Ambassadors”, we regularly introduce one of our farmer ambassadors. Today, the Pfefferli family's "Lernort Bauernhof" educational farm is in the spotlight. Judith and Franz Pfefferli welcome school classes and offer a farm playgroup, seasonal courses and gardening courses for children.

Best dairy moments - today and for generations to come

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