Apetit’s sustainability work is based on its values, mission and vision. The sustainability work is guided by Apetit’s Code of Conduct and operating policies, as well as its procurement principles, which are based on the UN Global Compact initiative. Apetit’s sustainability programme is part of the company’s strategy and sustainability is part of daily operations.
At Apetit, responsibility goes through the entire value chain from field to fork. Apetit’s key areas of corporate responsibility are development growing methods, the climate and environmental impact of operations, material and raw material efficiency, sustainable packaging solutions, responsible production of plant-based products and minimization of food waste. The implementation of Apetit’s ethical principles and equality both in its own and in its stakeholders operations is also a key area.
The purpose of goals and actions in Apetit’s sustainability programme is to ensure sustainable practices throughout the company and nutritional and safe products that have been produced in a responsible way from raw materials that have been grown and procured in a sustainable way. Another objective is to ensure that all of Apetit’s stakeholders are considered and treated equally. The key figures for 2018 are used as the comparison year for the sustainability programme’s targets.
The Apetit Group’s most significant climate and environmental impacts arise in the various stages of the food production value chain, from cultivation and procurement, production and processing, and distribution, storage and consumption.
We reduce our climate and environmental impacts in accordance with the goals of our sustainability programme:
The responsibility programme’s goals related to products are:
* The FSA programme developed by the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) used in self-assessment and third-party verification demonstrates the sustainability of agriculture with a scoring mechanism. Further information: http://www.fsatool.com/
Apetit complies with international standards of working life to reduce the use of child labour. Apetit does not accept any form of forced labour or other infringements of human rights.
In accordance with its sustainability programme Apetit promotes:
Our goal is to:
To maintain the strengths related to employee wellbeing and to focus on areas requiring development highlighted by the results of the Group-wide survey on wellbeing
Apetit requires all of its employees to comply with the Code of Conduct. The Apetit Group requires its suppliers to commit to the ethical, social and environmental aspects that are described in its supplier requirements and which are based on the company’s Code of Conduct and the guidelines of the UN Global Compact initiative. Apetit also provides its employees with training on the principles of competition law.
All of Apetit’s direct packaging suppliers sign the ethical supplier requirements. Vegetable raw materials are purchased from Finnish contract growers using responsible farming practices and from international partners fulfilling our supplier and quality requirements. In our grain and oilseed purchases, we follow the established international trading practices in the field.
As a listed company Apetit is also required to observe securities markets legislation and corporate governance regulations and recommendations. Apetit is responsible for the profitability of its operations to its shareholders.
Corporate responsibility is managed by the corporate management as part of its normal operations. The development of corporate responsibility work and the creation of sustainability targets are guided by the Group Responsibility Director. The targets of the corporate responsibility programme have been approved as part of the company’s daily sustainability work. In the business segments the sustainability work is managed by the segment directors. The Apetit Group’s corporate responsibility work is developed by the corporate responsibility steering group.
The personnel have the opportunity to regularly participate in corporate responsibility matters in personnel forums and meetings of occupational safety personnel.
Apetit has identified those themes in its sustainability programme that have the strongest connection with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The contribution made by the goals of Apetit’s sustainability programme to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is mainly local.
The Sustainable Development Goals initiative aims towards eliminating extreme poverty and facilitating sustainable development that takes the environment, the economy and people into consideration in equal measure.
The most material goals for Apetit and its stakeholders, which are supported by Apetit’s operations:
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
The goal is to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
Goal 3: Good health and wellbeing
The goal is to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages.
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
The goal is to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Goal 13: Climate Action
The goal is to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.