In September 2015, the United Nations adopted the 17
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relevant for all
countries. AAK has a clear agenda on sustainability and
we have welcomed the SDGs. We see the SDGs as an
integrated part of our sustainability work and they are
incorporated in our model, AAK House of Sustainability.
AAK plays an active role in supporting the delivery of
We have identified 10 SDGs that are most relevant
for our business conduct. As a global producer of
value-adding vegetable oils and fats solutions we have
identified our global supply chains as an opportunity
as well as a responsibility to do our part to achieve
the SDGs. Therefore, we are monitoring our contribution
towards achieving the SDGs and their specific
We have further ranked the 10 SDGs according to
the possibility for AAK to make an impact. All the listed
SGDs are of direct importance to AAK, but the ones
scoring higher are the focus of AAK’s sustainability and
responsible sourcing strategy.
High contribution Medium contribution Low contribution
Target 1.2: Reduce poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions
AAK contribution: Smallholder inclusion in our supply chains for shea, palm, coconut and soy offers access to
global markets (pages 30, 33, 35).
Target 1.4: Equal right to economic resources, access to land, natural resources and banking
AAK contribution: AAK continues to offer an increasing number of micro credits and bank accounts through our
program Kolo Nafaso in West Africa (page 29).
Target 2.3: Increase productivity and income for smallholders
Target 2.4: Ensure sustainable agricultural practices
AAK contribution: AAK continues to educate the smallholders in West Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia and Mexico in
good agricultural practices which improve their income (pages 30, 33, 35; please also see our palm and shea
Target 3.2: End preventable deaths of new-borns and children under 5 years of age
AAK contribution: AAK produces customer co-developed oils and fats solutions for special nutrition products
and continuously contributes to the research of optimizing these products.
Target 7.3: Improvement in energy efficiency
AAK contribution: Continuous improvement in our energy efficiency (pages 40–51).
Target 8.4: Decouple economic growth with destroying the environment
AAK contribution: AAK’s Responsible Sourcing of Vegetable Oil Policy and Sustainable Palm Oil Policy require
no deforestation or development of peatland (pages 27, 31–33).
Target 8.6: Reduce the share of youth (pages 15–24) not in education, training or employment
AAK contribution: AAK is investing in a global trainee program to give young people the best possible start to
Target 8.8: Protect labor rights and ensure stable working environments
AAK contribution: AAK has been a member of the UNGC since 2003 and AAK’s Code of Conduct and Supplier
Code of Conduct address labor rights and working environment (pages 10–11, 17, 19, 25).
Target 8.10: Encourage and expand access to banking
AAK contribution: AAK is opening bank accounts for the women group members of Kolo Nafaso (see our latest
shea progress report as well as page 29).