Five focus areas
We have defined five sustainability focus areas – the
“pillars” – that are important to our business. They
provide an overview and guide us in setting objectives
and focus our resources.
The five focus areas are: Our Customers, Our
Suppliers, Our Planet, Our People, and Our Neighbours.
Our Customers covers all areas in which we
interact with customers. It includes products,
product development, food safety, product
information, and market communication. Interaction
with customers is based on sound business ethics
and a deep understanding of the company’s responsibility
for safeguarding customer brands.
This area covers activities related to the
sourcing of raw materials that we use.
Sustainable sourcing is the backbone of
AAK’s business and a key element in our strategy.
To obtain the right raw materials is essential but we
place equal emphasis on how they are produced.
For this reason, we have implemented a Code of
Conduct for Suppliers of Raw Materials that applies
to all actors in the supply chain back to the origin of
the raw materials.
Our Planet covers our impact on the
environment in terms of consumption and
emissions from our production plants. It is
a top priority for us to minimize our use of natural
resources and emissions per processed product
even though our stronger focus on more refined
products drives a higher degree of processing. Over
the years, we have been able to improve within areas
such as GHG emissions, water consumption and
This focus area is about working life at AAK
– how to remain an attractive workplace and
assure a healthy and safe workplace. Our
employees are our most important resource. AAK is
a diverse company with employees from many parts
of the world and with many different job functions.
Common to every employee is our values and our
Code of Conduct. These govern the way our business
is conducted and how employees interact with
each other and AAK’s stakeholders.
This focus area covers activities that we
initiate and engage in – be they local,
regional, national or international – to be a
part of and act responsibly in society. Contributing
to and being part of the communities in which we
operate are essential for maintaining a positive relationship
with neighbours, politicians and authorities.
Through a commitment to community causes, AAK is
also instrumental in creating a workplace with highly
motivated employees who are proud of representing
a company that makes a noticeable difference.