Coffee Giant Paulig Announces Plans to Become a Sustainable Frontrunner in Food & Beverage Industry

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Paulig has announced an ambitious sustainability approach with the aim to become a sustainable frontrunner in the Food & Beverage industry. The Finnish company’s ambition is for 70% of its net sales to come from products and services which enable the health and well-being of people and the planet by 2030.

The Paulig Sustainability Approach 2030 is based on selected United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and it will be integrated with the company’s growth strategy and business operations across 13 Paulig countries.

“Sustainability has always been a part of Paulig’s DNA and, as a family-owned company, we recognise our responsibility for all future generations and the future of food. The food & beverage industry can be a part of the global climate and health solutions and, therefore, we must reconsider how we grow, produce and consume food”, says Rolf Ladau, CEO of Paulig.  

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Paulig Sustainability Approach 2030 is based on three prioritised United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12) and Climate Action (SDG 13). Paulig will contribute to the achievement of these SDGs by focusing on three areas with high ambition: 

1. Products and services which enable the health and well-being of people and the planet 

Paulig’s ambition is that, by 2030, 70% of the company’s net sales will come from products and services which enable the health and well-being of people and the planet. Paulig’s product portfolio is almost 100% plant-based today and it will continue to develop its products into a healthier direction as well as innovate new products which are good for both people and the planet. Paulig will also start systematically working on reducing the carbon footprint of its products as well as inspiring consumers to make sustainable choices.     

2. Climate action and circularity 

Paulig is among the forerunner companies in the food & beverage industry which has committed itself to set science-based targets through the Science Based Targets initiative, in accordance with the Paris agreement to limit climate warming to 1.5°C. The company’s ambition is that, by 2030, it will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from operations by 80% and from our value chain by 50%. The aim is to get the science-based targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative during 2020.  

Packaging development continues to be one of the key focus areas for Paulig, with the ambition is that, by 2030, all packaging will be made from renewable or recycled materials and will be recyclable. In Paulig’s own operations, the company will continue increasing the share of renewable energy as well as improving the energy efficiency and recycling rate.  

3. Fair and inclusive way of working 

Paulig’s aim is to be a fair and inclusive partner and employer throughout its value chain. All of Paulig’s coffee is already 100% from verified sustainable sources and the company aims to extend this work to also cover other raw materials. The goal is for 100% of the raw materials from high-risk areas to come from sustainable sources verified by external parties by 2030. This will require more systematic due diligence processes and a holistic way of working with suppliers and other partners (e.g. civil societies) throughout its value chain..  

“Our new sustainability focus areas and ambitions set a clear direction for Paulig and all its brands in this decade. The goals are ambitious, and to achieve them, we need to work together with all our employees, customers and partners across the value chain. We believe that it is in this way that we can achieve a real positive impact in the food sector and enable more sustainable choices for all consumers and customers”, says Kaisa Lipponen, SVP, Communications & Sustainability at Paulig.