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Sustainability is core to our strategy. We’re committed to producing dairy nutrition in a way that cares for people, animals and the land, and brings value to our communities.

Globally, food production systems are facing a transformational challenge to meet the demands of a growing population within environmental limits. The way the world is collectively producing food is depleting natural resources and creating waste faster than our planet can cope with. We believe the global food system must shift from compounding the problem to being part of the solution.

With New Zealand’s natural environment and some of the world’s most effective farmers, we’re well positioned to lead change.

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  • Address public health challenges by improving the nutritional profile of our products and promoting healthy diets.
  • Improve access to adequate nutrition by developing affordable products tailored to specific nutritional needs of communities.
  • Improve the wellbeing of individuals by leading innovation in advanced dairy nutritional products to address specific health needs.


  • Improve the health and biodiversity of our land and waters by reducing the impacts of farming and manufacturing and working in partnership with others.
  • Lead the transition to a low-carbon future by investing in innovation and infrastructure to remove greenhouse gas emissions from our supply chain.
  • Meet the growing nutritional demand through improvements in productivity and minimising waste from farm to consumer.


  • Support healthy sustainable livelihoods for our farmers by returning the most value from every drop  of milk by moving more of our milk to higher value.
  • Provide positive livelihoods for our people by developing a diverse, skilled and agile workforce and promoting a healthy and safe working environment.
  • Invest in the future of our communities by sharing what we do best and building farming capability in key emerging dairy markets.


of Fonterra products have total electronic traceability.


millionth portion of milk delivered through Fonterra Milk for Schools.


of permanent waterways have been fenced by Fonterra farmers in New Zealand.


kg CO2-e/kg FPCM – amongst the lowest GHG emissions per litre of milk collected, in the world.


billion returned to New Zealand farmers.


gender pay gap for New Zealand employees halved from 4% to 2%.

View the full Sustainability Report 2018

The report was prepared using the internationally recognised Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards and has been independently assured.

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View the full Sustainability Report 2017

The report was prepared using the internationally recognised Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards and has been independently assured.

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