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Responsibility Programme 2016 - 2018

The key themes of Raisio Group's 2016 -2018 Corporate Responsibility Programme were sustainable food chain, healthier food, and safety and well-being at work. During the three-year Responsibility Programme, Raisio’s responsible practices were determinedly developed. The company achieved the most part of the programme targets: for example, sickness absences decreased, more than 2/3 of the products are healthy alternatives in their own categories, and only responsibility certified palm oil and soy are used in the products. Some of the programme targets were related to long-term development of responsible procedures; for example, the development of responsible procurement continues.

Raisio’s Responsibility Programme 2016 - 2018 supported the business strategy and focused on material responsibility issues. Key parts of Raisio’s value chain are matters related to responsible raw material procurement, environmental responsibility, and health and safety at work. 

In 2018, we outlined Raisio’s new responsibility programme. The Good Food Plan 2019 - 2023 has five key themes in which Raisio wants to become a forerunner in terms of responsibility: environmentally friendly packages, healthy food, healthy food professionals, climate change, carbon neutrality, and sustainable food chain.

Read more about the Good Food Plan.

Goals and results of Raisio’s Responsibility Programme 2016 - 2018

Sustainable food chain 2016-2018

Target Result
We will further develop the responsible procurement of our key raw materials. Raw materials that we use the most include grains, particularly oats and wheat, and rapeseed. 75% of raw materials for our own products were grains. Almost 90% of grains are purchased from Finland, mainly directly from farmers. Raisio Supplier Code of Conduct has been incorporated into the farming contracts. 
We require all our suppliers to operate in line with our Supplier Code of Conduct.   95% of raw materials, packages and subcontracting were acquired from suppliers committed to the Code in 2018. 
We require that our suppliers complete a Supplier Self-Assessment Questionnaire at least every three years. The conduct was established throughout the Group. In 2017, we carried out an extensive project and self-assessment questionnaires were collected from the suppliers. The questionnaire is part of the supplier’s assessment process. 
We continue to purchase Proterra or RTRS certified soy. Goal achieved. Raisio has used certified soy since 2014.
We are committed to the use of GMO free raw materials. Goal achieved. Raisio’s production chains of foods and fish feeds have always been GMO free.
We only use responsible palm oil. The responsibility of palm oil used in foods will be improved by transferring to the use of physically traceable palm oil.  Goal achieved. 100% responsibility certified palm oil in foods. The mass balance or segregated palm oil accounted for 60% of the palm oil used by Raisio in 2018.
We use only UTZ certified cocoa in our foods. 80% of cocoa used by Raisio was UTZ certified in 2018.
We will further decrease our raw material acquisitions from the countries classified as risk countries.    We surveyed the raw materials acquired from risk countries according to the BSCI risk country classification in 2016. We acquire raw materials, whenever possible, from low-risk countries.  
We will improve energy efficiency. Despite our energy efficiency actions, the total energy consumption increased in the review period. We continue our efforts to improve energy efficiency.
We will perform energy audits at all our production plants at least every two years. Work in progress.
We will analyse material efficiency in terms of raw materials and other production inputs. We will decrease waste at our production plants.   Raisio has been actively involved in developing the material efficiency commitment of the food industry. The waste of Raisio’s productions is very small. 
We will only use recyclable materials in our product packages.  More than half of our consumer product packages are recyclable carton, and the rest mainly plastic. The recyclability of plastic varies in different markets. 
We continue to develop and commercialise innovations that benefit the environment and our customers. The Baltic Blend feed innovation launched in 2016 proven to lower the fish farming’s phosphorus load into waterways. The feed also recycles the nutrients of the Baltic Sea. Elovena Muru Oat Mince is a protein-rich, easy-to-use plant protein product. 

Healthier food 2016-2018

Target Result
2/3 of our foods are healthier alternatives in their own categories. 69% of our foods were healthy alternatives in their own categories at the end of 2018.
We will develop fish feed innovations promoting well-being of people and animals. Benella Fish launched in 2016 is fed using Raisio’s feeding concept ensuring the recommended levels of good EPA and DHA fatty acids in the fish.  
We will maintain the BRC certification at our food sites. Goal achieved.
Raisioaqua aims at excellent recipe accuracy in its feeds. The recipe accuracy and product quality have improved with e.g. fish feed plant investment. 
The number of recalls will be zero. Goal achieved.

Work safety and well-being 2016-2018

Target Result
Continuous reduction in the frequency of workplace accidents The number of accidents has decreased. Preventive safety indicators were introduced in 2018 and safety culture was further developed.
Continuous reduction in sickness absences Goal achieved. The average number of sickness absences 2.0% of theoretical working time in 2018.
Improved employee satisfaction No comparable results available. In the latest survey of 2017, employee satisfaction was at a good level (3.9/5 ).
Continuous development of employees and the scope of performance appraisals toward the target of 100 per cent.  The scope of performance appraisals 90%.