Our approach to sustainability extends across our entire value chain. We work with stakeholders to develop solutions and create shared value, and we ensure transparency by reporting regularly on our business practices and performance.

​​​​​​​​​​Partnership working in action

We actively engage with our stakeholders at all levels to find new ways to reduce our impact and make our business more competitive and sustainable. Here you will find an overview of our stakeholders and how we work with them.

Industry organizations and partnerships

As the leaders in our industry, we play a key role in industry organizations and partnerships, facilitating awareness campaigns, conferences and seminars, establishing methodologies and standards, and developing public policy.​ See our full list of partners.

NGOs and multi-stakeholder initiatives

We work with non-government organizations (NGOs) and multi-stakeholder initiatives on a wide variety of issue-specific projects. Key partners and initiatives include the UN Global Compact, the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and many more.  See our full list of partners​.

Government organizations

We have long-standing collaborations with governments, ministries and departments to support school feeding programmes​ around the world through our Food for Development​ function. We are also industry leaders in environment advocacy globally, particularly in areas such as packaging sustainability and recycling, resources and waste, sustainable production and consumption, and dairy sustainability. ​

Reporting on our performance

Sustainability updates

We provide data and information on our sustainability performance and goals in an annual Sustainability Update. These Updates form our Communication on Progress to the UN Global Compact, showing how we are integrating its 10 principles on environmental performance, labour and human rights practices, and anti-corruption into our business strategy and day-to-day operations.

They also communicate our support for the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (pdf)​ seeking to address the root causes of poverty and meet the universal need for development that works for everyone.

Environmental reporting

We continuously work to improve our data collection and management on key environmental measures. We have introduced new software to support the reporting of environmental data from our sites and suppliers and implemented global management of recycling information through our SAP Business Warehouse system, which both improves the quality of reporting and provides access to the latest local and global data across the company.

External assurance

Our practices, processes and performance are verified externally through World Class Manufacturing, ISO 9001 and 14001, OHSAS 18001, and Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody and Quality Assurance Management certification. Our GHG emissions data has been audited by a third party since 2006.

Learn more about our stakeholders & partners