June 05, 2019

Working towards a more sustainable future in Australia

As one of Australia’s major food manufacturers, we recognise the role we play in creating a more sustainable future. 

We recognise that our customers, our farmers, our people and the communities in which we operate, expect this from us – and we recognise that we can do well and do good; they can work together.

To mark the commitment to sustainability, we have launched our first Sustainability Update for Fonterra Australia. The update is a snapshot of how Fonterra Australia is doing its part to be more sustainable, and draws from the Fonterra Group’s Sustainability Report which looks at our business outcomes on a global scale for 2017/18.

Our sustainability approach is grouped under three pillars:

  • Nutrition – working to address public health challenges and improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities
  • Environment – improve the health and diversity of our land and waters, reduce the impacts of farming and manufacturing, and leading the transition to a low-carbon future
  • Community – support healthy sustainable livelihoods for our farmers, our people and for our communities in which we operate.

Some of the ways we’re making a tangible difference to a better future include:

  • Our 2018 submission to the Australian Senate Inquiry into the Obesity Epidemic to educate on dairy nutrition and the benefits it brings as a core food group
  • 11 years of partnering with Foodbank Australia
  • Our work with farmers to support innovative farm projects such as Rigney’s farm in Tasmania, where we’ve assisted in a trial to reintroduce dung beetles to improve soil health and reduce the need for fertilisers
  • Supporting our farmers to trial new water saving innovations – an important issue in Australia where farmers around the country have experienced the challenge of drought conditions.

To find out more about how we’re working toward a more sustainable future, you can read the full Sustainability Update for Fonterra Australia.