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Good food with responsible raw materials

Almost 90 per cent of raw materials Raisio uses are plant based. We determinedly develop the responsibility of procurement and ensure the ethics and eco-friendliness in the entire supply chain.

Main events in 2018

  • 95 per cent of Raisio’s subcontracting, raw materials and packaging were purchased from suppliers committed to the Raisio Supplier Code of Conduct. 
  • Environmental and social aspects were more closely integrated to the Raisio’s auditing criteria.
  • Raw material reporting was extended to also concern Raisio’s brand products made by subcontractors.

From 2018 onwards, we report the raw materials used to manufacture our brand products, both for Raisio’s own production and for the subcontractors. Previously, only palm oil, soy and cocoa were reported regarding the raw materials used by our subcontractors. Raisio requires procurement responsibility and traceability of raw materials from its subcontractors. All Raisio’s subcontractors are located in Europe.

90% of raw materials plant-based.

Raisio sees the ensuring and development of procurement responsibility important since many of the company’s responsibility risks are related to the supply chain. The key means to promote supply chain responsibility include engaging suppliers with the Raisio Supplier Code of Conduct, auditing suppliers, ensuring traceability, reducing purchases from high-risk countries and using certified raw materials. 

We expect our suppliers to commit to the Raisio Supplier Code of Conduct. 95 per cent of Raisio’s raw materials, subcontracting and packaging were acquired from suppliers who have confirmed in writing to comply with the Raisio Supplier Code of Conduct.  

Raw materials used for Raisio’s own brand products in 2018

Responsible grain

Grains form the Raisio Group’s biggest raw material group. They are used, for example, for Elovena, Sunnuntai and Torino products and for fish feeds; in volume, they account for three quarters of all the Group’s raw materials.  Of grains, about 90 per cent is purchased from Finland, mainly directly from farmers. Raisio has worked closely together with farmers for 80 years already. In Finland, family-owned farms play the key role in the grain production. Raisio purchases grain directly from farmers without any go-betweens. A short supply chain ensures grain traceability and transparency to primary production. Family-owned farms use very little external labour.  

The majority of Finnish farms are part of the agri-environmental programme that includes binding regulations on the use of fertilisers and plant protection agents, among other things. The environmental responsibility of grain farms is also promoted by the conditions of EU subsidies regarding, e.g. biodiversity. Raisio’s farming contract conditions prohibit the use of sewage sludge as a fertilizer and the use of glyphosate during the growing season. 

Raisio analyses, for example, residues of plant protection products, heavy metals and mould toxins in its grains. Only the grains that pass strict standards of quality are approved as raw materials for foods. In 2018, Raisio introduced an audit programme for its contract farmers. 

Risk assessment guiding the use of certified raw materials

In addition to grains, Raisio's important raw material groups include milk, fish meal, fish oil, oils and fats mainly purchased from long-term partners in Europe. A small part of Raisio’s raw materials are only available from the higher-risk countries and then, a special attention is paid to the supplier’s procedures. 

The company’s risk survey has shown that possible human right risks are related to the supply chain. For the assessment of human right risks related to its procurement, Raisio uses the BSCI’s risk country classification that guides to procure from low-risk countries. In terms of human rights, most of Raisio’s raw materials and services are purchased from low-risk areas, such as Finland and Central Europe. 

Raisio has identified social, human rights and environmental risks related to the production of soy, palm oil and cocoa. Therefore, Raisio’s policy is to use only responsibility certified soy, palm oil and cocoa. 

In our fish feeds, we primarily use fishmeal made in Finland of the Baltic herring and sprat. According to the Natural Resources Institute Finland, the strong herring and sprat stocks in the Baltic Sea have been found to be sustainable, so the local feed production is not harmful to natural fish stocks.

Achievement of the targets set in the responsibility programme 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. 75% of raw materials for our own products were grains. Of grains, almost 90% was purchased from Finland, mainly directly from farmers. The Raisio Supplier Code of Conduct was incorporated into farming contracts.
We require all our suppliers to operate in line with the company’s Supplier Code of Conduct. 95% of raw materials, packages and subcontracting were acquired from suppliers committed to Raisio's Code in 2018.
We require  our suppliers to complete a Supplier Self-Assessment Questionnaire at least every three years. The conduct has been established throughout the Group. In 2017, we carried out an extensive project that included self-assessment questionnaires collected from 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. Raisio’s production chain of foods and fish feeds has 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.