DeLaval is dedicated to making dairy farming sustainable, which means that we are constantly on the lookout for ways to help our customers create sustainable operations, and are constantly improving the sustainability of our own. Our commitment to these was evidenced in several ways throughout 2016; through the approval of several teat dips and detergents for organic farming; through our milk filter factory in Finland receiving two ISO certifications; and through our embracing of sustainability goals and reporting standards.
The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) added five DeLaval teat dips – not only pre/post and barrier dips, but also iodine and non-iodine ones – and six clean-in-place detergents to their list of products approved for use in certified organic food production. The listing is significant because the OMRI – a voluntary program that reviews products to assure compliance with the USDA National Organic Program standards – is a trusted source for rapidly identifying products approved for use. All products meeting the USDA organic regulations are listed here and allowed to display the OMRI Listed® seal, both of which farmers rely on to help protect the integrity of their organic production systems.
We also received affirmation of our commitment to sustainability via the granting of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Certificate and the ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Certificate to our GMU milk filter factory in Pelma, Finland. The certificates are outcomes of continuous process optimisation and hard work over the past three years. The first one certifies that the quality management system ensures excellent filter quality, which is especially important for such food grade-approved products, while the second supports the fulfilment of the DeLaval sustainability targets.
Furthermore, DeLaval has stepped up its commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), as well as GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and Sector Disclosures (GRI G4) reporting. DeLaval is focusing on supporting the following three UN SDGs as they specifically pertain to what we do: zero hunger, climate action, and responsible consumption and production. In 2016, we decided that we – DeLaval International and our subsidiaries – will annually report on the progress we are making. This also encourages a healthy dialogue with our stakeholders so that we can work on making food production sustainable together.
Our first report was released in 2016 and focused on our 2015 activities. Our next report is expected to be released in 2017.