Sustainability is really important to us.

We’re passionate about creating long-term value for future generations.

We’re striving to be a New Zealand dairy Co-op that’s producing nutrition in a way that cares for people, animals, and our environment, and brings value to our communities.

Sustainability on farm

Sustainability Report 2019

A discussion around the kind of world we want to leave for future generations and how we’re measuring ourselves against that ambition.

What we're doing

Sustainable packaging requires innovative thinking and collaboration.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with local Kiwi companies doing amazing things with recycled packaging.

Fighting food waste

While packaging can have an environmental impact, it’s an important way to protect food. It extends the shelf life of food and prevents damage during transport.  Food waste is a big problem around the world with roughly a third of all food produced for human consumption lost or wasted. That’s nearly 1.3 billion tonnes each year.

Food waste represents 8.2% of all greenhouse gas emissions, almost matching road transport. In fact, if food waste was its own country, it would be the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, after China and the US.

We can’t lose sight of the food waste issue, and we don’t want to solve the packaging problem by simply adding to the food waste problem.

Palm products

We are committed to sustainable sourcing of palm products and we are working with others to improve practices across the supply chain.

Our Palm Products Standard requires that all vendors of palm products within Fonterra’s supply chain are publicly committed to policies that give equivalent effect to “No Deforestation, No Peatland Development, and No Exploitation” and have business processes in place to enact these commitments. 

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: