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Discover Lactalis palm oil sourcing Policy

As part of our work to reduce our forest footprint and protect biodiversity, we introduce our new palm oil sourcing Policy.

Palm oil is the world’s most produced, consumed and traded vegetable oil however the inappropriate management of the plantations can have many consequences.

This approach is broken down into 3 pillars to mitigate deforestation and conversion linked to palm production, protect workers and local communities rights in this supply chain, and go beyond the supply chain when we can.

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Climate : Our journey towards Carbon Net Zero by 2050

Climate change has emerged as one of the major challenges of our time. According to scientists, by 2100, current trends would lead to the extinction of many species, threaten food security and compromise human activities. In fact, climate change is already happening and affecting our daily lives: increased temperatures, droughts, more frequent and intense storms, these are clear signals which show the urgent need for concrete actions to mitigate carbon emissions and climate change.

Therefore, countries with the largest share of contribution to carbon emissions have committed to reduce their GHG emissions under the 2015 Paris Agreement. The underlying long-term goal is to keep the rise in temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and to work towards a 1.5 °C limit in order to reduce the effects of climate change. The only way to achieve this is to transition toward a low emissions economy. Let’s be clear: this will require all of us to act. We, companies, also have a role to play in the path to a more resilient planet.

The Food & Beverage sector, along with its upstream Agricultural component, are considered key actors when it comes to bringing positive solutions to curb carbon emissions and build resilience to production systems throughout the value chain. As one of the world’s leader in the Food & Beverage sector, and the biggest dairy company, we believe that our size is a strength that presents opportunities to tackle climate change: through collaboration with our entire value chain, we can make a significant positive impact and accelerate the transition to reduced carbon models.

In order to deliver on our ambitions, we have set ourselves some goals: we engaged into SBTi, heading for Carbon Net Zero by 2050.  In the meanwhile, 2 steps will pave our way: at least -25% GHG emissions by 2025 (scope 1&2), and at least -50% by 2033.

Discover more about our vision, guiding principles, approach and ambitions in our Lactalis Group Climate Policy.

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Packaging : Our way to a more circular economy

At Lactalis, the right packaging takes care of our dairy products, our consumers and the Environment.

For years, packaging has been used for its emblematic values and seen as a symbol of protection and convenience for our consumers. Today, they are a major source of waste. The ways we produce and dispose of packaging results in the overconsumption of our planet’s scarce natural resources, threatening the environment and biodiversity. Packaging is fundamental for preserving the best quality and food safety standards for our dairy products, which are fragile by nature. It enables us to bring all the nutritional benefits of Dairy to the greatest number of Humans, anytime & anywhere.

For these reasons, in all our geographies, we feel a special responsibility to share our Vision and engage dialogue with our stakeholders to raise awareness and foster innovative solutions to create a more circular economy of packaging.

In order to deliver on our ambitions, we have set ourselves some goals: all packaging will be eco-designed and we aim for 100% recyclability by design by 2025. Every packaging will guide consumers, bearing info on how to sort waste properly.

Discover more about our vision, guiding principles, approach and ambitions in our Lactalis Group Packaging Policy.

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Animal welfare : Caring for animals all along our value chain

At Lactalis, contributing to animal welfare is not only our responsibility, but also a cornerstone for the sustainability of the company’s activities.

As the world’s leading dairy group and the third largest global milk collector, we pay special attention to all the animals in our supply chain, in particular to the approximately 5 million dairy animals (cows, buffalos, sheep and goats). We fully recognise and respect them as sentient beings, capable of feeling emotions, that deserve both physical and mental health: contributing to their wellbeing is our responsibility.

Moreover, animal welfare is a cornerstone for the sustainability of our activities. Indeed, as all our partnering farms know, there is a close link between animal welfare and production. For example, a cow needs sufficient access to food and water, sufficient bedding space, good hygiene and much more in order to produce high quality milk. Therefore, ensuring animal welfare is already part of our daily work as well as our partnering farms.

In order to deliver on our ambitions, we have set ourselves some goals: ensuring animal welfare through continuous progress and elimination of most problematic practices. By 2023, 100% trained staff to advise our partnering farmers on best practices, and by 2025, 100% of direct collected milk volumes assessed on animal welfare.

Discover more about our vision, guiding principles, approach and ambitions in our Lactalis Group Animal Welfare Policy.

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Lactalis celebrates its 85th anniversary !

” Today, Lactalis is celebrating its 85th anniversary, an opportunity for me to thank the work of Women and Men who have built the Group as it is now, and each of you who is working on its development, faithfully to our historical values, Ambition, Engagement, with Simplicity.

 

On the 19th of October, 1933, my grand-father André Besnier founded the «André Besnier Fromagerie» and made in Laval his first Camembert.

 

In 85 years we have become a world leader whose mission is to offer the best of milk and dairy products to as many people as possible, respecting local dairy cultures and traditions, with the attention paid to «the pleasure of eating well» on a daily basis.

 

Milk is an extraordinary raw material, consumed all over the world. Our mission, since 1933, is to give life to milk, to reveal all its flavors, all its benefits and all its possibilities, to satisfy daily consumers around the world who like healthy, natural and gourmet products.

 

Lactalis is part of a French dairy tradition of excellence that combines industry, «craft» and agriculture. Thus, the Group has grown to become the world’s No. 1 on the dairymarket, while maintaining its position in the territories, being, for example, the leading producer of PDO cheeses.

 

Our pride today is to be the ambassador for the diversity of cultures and dairy know-how, to be the world’s leading producer of Camembert, as well as a manufacturer of mozzarella, paneer or labné.

 

Lactalis is a singular company, which has been able to remain entirely family-owned for 3 generations. We are rural and claims it, proud of it, and this, in each country where we are located.

 

It is strong of this history, of our commitment, and guided by passion, that we will be able together to continue to develop in France, in Europe and in the World.

 

 

I’m counting on you to continue this story.”

 

Emmanuel Besnier, Chairman of the Supervisory Board Lactalis Group

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Lactalis Group becomes a partner of the European Master in Food Studies

This unique program is a close collaboration between four prestigious European public universities (AgroParisTech, Lunds Universitet, University College Cork and Wageningen UR) and private enterprises. As part of its Schools Relationships Strategy, Lactalis Group wanted to become a partner of this world-class postgraduate education witch prepares students for an exciting career in the food industry. The Group Research and Development Department will accompany a student of the next promotion.

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