Nature is the basis of life.


We are part of nature, and our communities and farms will thrive when nature thrives.

Through manaakitanga and kaitiakitanga, we’re here to create good, for people and place, leaving things better than we found them.  We are bringing a regenerative mindset to our role as stewards of New Zealand’s incredible environment and are working with others to restore nature, tātou tātou.

Whanaungatanga is what binds us and connects us to people and place

By connecting and empowering our farmers, manufacturing sites and local communities, we believe we can help accelerate catchment restoration and support communities to achieve their environmental aspirations.

Our Living Water partnership with the NZ Department of Conservation is proof that working together can make a real difference.

We took a bit of time to figure out how to work together in our five catchments, and it definitely wasn’t easy, but we are now humming and have over 30 different tools and approaches being trialed to improve freshwater and farming.  Seven of these have already been scaled or are now being used by others.

As a co-operative, we really like working together and we love working with others, it’s in our DNA

Based on the lessons learnt from our Living Water partnership, we’re now working alongside iwi, regional and local councils, community groups, agricultural organisations and farming leaders in catchments right across New Zealand.

We also love learning from others, so have become close friends with Sustainable Business Network (Million Metre Streams) and Trees That Count.

Together, they are helping us learn more about the growing grass-roots restoration movement, and we are supporting them to improve landowner and community group access to waterway restoration resources.

We are really inspired by all the work communities, iwi, farmers and councils are doing to protect and restore nature

We want to support, and if needed, help build on these existing efforts so the community’s priorities for water quality and biodiversity can be achieved.

Find out more

Interested in finding out more about what our Sustainable Catchments programme is doing? 

Click on the link below to go to a map of New Zealand, then select a region and a catchment. 

For each catchment, there’s a summary of the catchment context, main water quality issues, our aims there, who we’re partnering with, and what we’ve been supporting on the ground to make improvements.

If you have a catchment project you think might fit with our aims in a catchment, or would like more information?

Please contact us at: 

sustainable.catchments@fonterra.com

Sustainability reports

Our 2019 Sustainability Report underlines our commitment to sustainability, while also recognising there is more work to be done.

You can read all of our Sustainability Reports here: