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Caring also for future generations

True to our heritage dating back over 100 years, we are passionate about dairy products that are made with respect for our plant's natural resources and the needs of the people and communities where we operate.  

We believe that a responsible business model geared towards sustainable growth is the key to achieving longterm added value – not least in rural regions – and to preserving the unique experience of dairy products for future generations.

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We are now extending our CO2 reduction targets to encompass the entire value chain, taking us even closer to our net zero goals.

The shift to scientifically supported and independently validated CO2 reduction targets based on the Science Based Targets initiative and the extension of our commitments to our entire value chain will have an especially decisive impact here. 

What is the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)?

The SBT initiative is based on a partnership between the Global Compact initiative of the United Nations and NGOs such as the World Resources Institute and the WWF (only in german). The SBTi's validated scientific targets help companies like Emmi to align their carbon footprint to a net zero reduction path. This is an important instrument for limiting global warming to 1.5°C degrees, the target set at the UN Climate Conference in Paris.

Our sustainability targets for 2027
Target 2027: Promoting sustainable milk We will process 100 % sustainable milk globally We strive to stand for products made from sustainable milk – on a global basis. To achieve this, all milk suppliers must meet regionally above-average standards by 2027. In our domestic market of Switzerland, where sustainability has long been a key differentiation criterion compared to milk products from other countries, we support the development of the "swissmilk green" industry standard.
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Target 2027: Developing employees We fill 50 % of all open positions internally Our employees’ skills and knowledge are some of our most important resources. We take responsibility as an employer seriously by making sure all our employees have a development plan in place, so that they can safeguard and even enhance their employability. As a company, we hope this will grant us access to a pool of qualified specialists. Emmi therefore aims to be in a position to fill half of its vacancies with internal candidates.
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Target 2027: Reducing greenhouse gases We will cut our CO2 emissions by 60 % We are committed to cutting our direct CO2 emissions by 60 % by 2027 (Scope 1 and 2). We continue to rely on energy analyses and reduction measures to achieve this. We will increasingly cover the remaining demand with alternative energy sources. We are now extending our CO2 reduction commitments to our entire value chain (Scope 3): Together with our milk producers, we want to reduce CO2 by 25 % per kg of milk. Our long-term goal is to achieve CO2-neutrality by 2050. The switch to reduction targets based on the Science Based Targets initiative will also play a key role.
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Target 2027: Reducing water use We will reduce our fresh water consumption Clean water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource, and the shortage is associated with vast regional disparities. For this reason, we are emphasising arid risk areas in which we are committed to reducing fresh water consumption in our facilities by 50%. In countries not suffering from an acute water shortage, we are aiming for a reduction of 15%. Furthermore, we will assume increased responsibility for the water consumption in our value chain – in particular when it comes to our raw materials.
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Target 2027: Avoiding waste We will make our packaging 100 % recyclable We are committed to strengthening the circular economy. We want to reduce rubbish and food waste by half at our own sites. By 2027 at the latest, the remaining waste will not be allowed to be disposed of in landfill sites. The packaging of our products is also extremely important to us. We are aiming for 100% recyclability in this area. This entails eliminating single-use plastic packaging, for example.
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Our partners

WWF Switzerland and Emmi have cultivated an active dialogue on sustainability-related topics for several years. By assuming the role of a demanding, critical, yet constructive specialist, WWF Switzerland has helped us to hone and refine our sustainability commitment. In autumn 2016, we therefore decided to turn our collaboration with WWF Switzerland into an official partnership.

Together with WWF Switzerland, we have formulated a number of objectives aimed at promoting sustainability at Emmi in general and environmental protection in particular.  

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Trust, proximity to the source and an appreciation of quality are the hallmarks of our long-standing partnership with our dairy farmers. Over 6,000 Emmi dairy farmers tend to their cattle with love and passion each and every day and are proud of the innovative products we make from them.

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Achieving the goal of a circular economy requires the commitment of all of us – society, politics and business. Together we must ensure that Switzerland is preserved for future generations. Companies dedicated to this cause have set up the PRISMA innovation rounds so we can work together step by step to achieve the vision of a sustainable circular economy.

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We put a lot of heart and soul into our products and are proud of them. So it is a shame if they end up in the trash instead of being eaten. The main reason why food is thrown away is because of its limited shelf life.

Many consumers blindly rely on the date indicated on the packaging. There is often a best-before date on dairy products. But this is actually just a guarantee of quality. Many consumers have trouble with this concept, however. They equate this with the use-by date and throw the food away without a second thought after it expires, even though it would still be perfectly good. In order to prevent this in future, we support the "food rescuers" of Too Good To Go and the “often good for longer” campaign.

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Technologically feasible, ecologically necessary and economically sensible: the shift from a linear economy to a circular economy makes sense and is urgently needed. The hub puts the various priorities into practice, disseminates relevant knowledge and fosters a dialog between the various players.

Partners from industry are given a platform on the circular economy that also offers the possibility to network and share knowledge with others. Key topics such as recyclability or extended producer responsibility are worked on and promoted in a coordinated manner. Swiss Recycling is responsible for project management.

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AgroCleanTech serves as a point of contact for agricultural energy and climate issues, and also offers information on and assistance with implementing development programs for energy-efficient and eco-friendly agriculture. Emmi is a member of the association. 

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In September 2019, a new standard for the production of Swiss milk was introduced. “swissmilk green” makes one thing certain: the milk and milk products in question were produced to the highest standard. Emmi has been heavily involved in the development of swissmilk green within the milk industry organisation.

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KOMETIAN is an association that promotes a complementary animal medicine offering aimed at reducing the use of antibiotics in livestock farming. Emmi is a collective supporting member. In this way, we provide our milk producers with a reduction on KOMETIAN membership. 

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By joining Soy Network Switzerland, we want to help ensure that only certified soy is used in Swiss milk production. By joining Soy Network Switzerland, we want to help ensure that only certified soy is used in Swiss milk production. The Swiss Soy Network is committed to the responsible cultivation and sustainable procurement of soy used for feed. 98 percent of soy that the network’s buyers import is responsibly and sustainably produced. In 2020 the network celebrated its 10th anniversary.

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