Work for the development of the responsibility of the entire supply chain
Raisio’s products are made of responsibly produced raw materials. Sustainable raw material choices and the commitment of the supply chain to our Code of Conduct promote the responsibility of the whole food chain. In 2017, Raisio continued its long-term work to develop responsible procurement.
Main events in 2017
- Raisio’s suppliers were committed to the company’s revised Supplier Code of Conduct: 75 per cent of the value of Raisio’s raw materials was acquired from suppliers who had committed to the company’s Code of Conduct in writing.
- UTZ certified cocoa was introduced in the Elovena, Nalle, Sunnuntai and Provena products containing cocoa.
- Nokia Mill received the RSPO Supply Chain certificate for responsible palm oil.
- Raisio’s cattle feeds are now soy-free.
In the development of responsible procurement, our key tools include engaging suppliers in the Raisio Supplier Code of Conduct, supplier audits, ensuring traceability and reducing purchases from risk countries. We report raw materials for our own production as well as critical raw materials (palm oil, soy and cocoa) for subcontracted products.
Most of Raisio’s raw materials are acquired from Northern and Central Europe. Raisio’s most significant raw material group is grains. 95 per cent of our grains are acquired from Finland, mainly directly from farmers.
For the assessment of responsibility risks, we use the BSCI risk country classification that guides us to procure from low-risk countries. Due to availability, we procure a small part of our raw materials from countries with higher risk. We then operate with long-standing and reliable partners.
Long-term subcontractors manufacture part of Raisio’s branded products. Our subcontractors are required to commit to Raisio Supplier Code of Conduct and the quality criteria for the product raw materials are defined in contracts. All Raisio’s subcontractors operate in Europe.
We ensure responsibility with certifications
The production of palm oil, soy and cocoa involves social and environmental aspects, which is why Raisio has set goals related to the responsibility certification.
We only use RSPO certified responsible palm oil in our foods. The physically traceable (mass balance or segregated) palm oil accounted for some 60 per cent and RSPO Book & Claim certified palm oil for some 40 per cent. Our goal is to increase the use of traceable, certified palm oil. Last year, we managed to increase the palm oil used in biscuits to the mass balance level. Palm oil accounts for less than one per cent of Raisio’s raw materials.
We use soy mainly for fish feeds and it accounts for about one per cent of all raw materials. All the soy used in our fish feeds is either ProTerra or RTRS certified. Our cattle feeds became soy-free in 2017.
We started to use UTZ certified cocoa in our Elovena, Nalle, Sunnuntai and Provena products. Responsibility certified cocoa is used, for example, in our Elovena Dark Chocolate snack biscuit, one of the most sold biscuits in Finland, in Elovena overnight porridges and Nalle chocolate semolina. Our goal is that cocoa used in all our branded products is certified by the end of 2018. Cocoa accounts for about 0.02 per cent of the raw materials in our branded products.
Origin of the fishmeal and oil used in fish feeds is always known and no endangered fish species are used in the manufacturing of these feeds. We primarily used fishmeal made of the Baltic herring and sprat. According to the Natural Resources Institute Finland, 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.
Certified raw materials account for about two per cent of our raw materials; in addition to certified palm oil, soy and cocoa, they include organic grains. There are not comprehensive responsibility certifications available for all Raisio’s raw materials. For example with grains, there are only organic certifications available.
Objectives for 2016-2018
- 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.
- We require our suppliers to operate in line with the company’s Supplier Code of Conduct.
- We require that the suppliers complete a Supplier Self-Assessment Questionnaire at least every three years.
- We continue to purchase Proterra or RTRS certified soy.
- We are committed to the use of GMO free raw materials.
- 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.
- We only use UTZ certified cocoa.
- We will further decrease our raw material acquisitions from the countries classified as risk countries.