Enabling a more sustainable dairy industry

DeLaval provides products and solutions that improve working conditions for farmers and ensure that animals are well taken care of, while reducing farm environmental impact and ensuring long-term profitability. .

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Our approach to sustainability has three main perspectives – Environment, Food Safety & Animal Welfare and Social & Economic.


We are committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, ensuring water is used responsibly, and decreasing energy use and waste. We have a long history of developing products and solutions that reduce the environmental impact of every litre of milk produced and improve efficiency and milk yield on farms.

Food Safety & Animal Welfare

We focus on animal welfare and cow longevity by promoting and enabling best management practices. A healthy animal provides more milk, at better quality and for more years. Our approach enables us to meet all regulations regarding milk quality to ensure food safety, while developing products and services with cow health and welfare in focus.

Social & Economic

We aim to be a diverse and inclusive employer to attract and retain the talent we need to achieve our strategic ambitions. We also promote the engagement and well-being of our employees and the farmer communities in which we operate. Our approach helps both our customers and DeLaval to maintain a profitable business in the long term while supporting our suppliers to act ethically.

Animal welfare is key

Animal welfare is an essential part of a sustainable dairy farm, and our products and services are developed with cow health and welfare in focus.

“Every farmer wants healthy animals that provide more milk, at better quality and for more years,” says Cecilia Bågenvik, VP Animal Intelligence & Welfare Solutions. “Our role at DeLaval is to give the farmer the tools to make this happen through various features and measures that for example allow the early detection of disease that can avoid milk loss and help to reduce the use of antibiotics. We always strive to create comfortable and stress-free environments for the animals. What’s good for the animals is good for the farm and the profitability of our customers.”

DeLaval Sustainability


We make sustainable food production possible


Focus areas

Reduce GHG emissions
Responsible water use
Reduce energy and waste

DeLaval actions

Measure and reduce emissions from our own operations and throughout the value chain (scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions according to the GHG protocol).

Developing a process for product sustainability improvements, including energy and water usage, circularity and material efficiency.

Food Safety & Animal Welfare

Focus areas

Focus areas

Animal welfare and cow longevity
Food safety and milk quality

DeLaval actions

Follow ’five freedoms’ of animal welfare
Awareness raising activities
Innovations to ensure food safety

Social & Economic

Focus areas

Diversity and inclusion
Employee engagement & well-being

DeLaval actions

Implement and follow up actions to improve employee engagement
Raise awareness and implement guidelines on gender diversity
Accident and incident reporting

Our sustainability goals, targets and progress

We have comprehensive goals and targets for our three sustainability focus areas. We made good progress in 2022 on our targets and are implementing prioritised actions in 2023 and beyond.

Below are some of our key targets and significant progress made in 2022. For the full story, see our latest Sustainability Report at www.corporate.delaval.com/sustainability.

Key environment targets

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Reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 30% 2030.

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Reduce internal waste by 20% by 2030 compared to the 2019 baseline.

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Reduce water consumption

in our own operations.

Key environment progress in 2022

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Energy reduced by 8% compared with 2020.


44% increase in the use of renewable energy compared to 2021.

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12% reduction in waste compared to baseline in 2019.

Water consumption was the same as in 2021

Key social targets

25% -> 30%

25% female employees (and female managers) by 2025 and 30% by 2030.

Reach the benchmark of a ‘high- performing company’ in terms of

Engagement & Well-being

Key social progress in 2022

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21.8% female employees in 2022.


24% female managers in 2022.

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83% of DeLaval employees feel engaged at work.


44% reduction in lost-time accidents compared with 2021.

Our continuous work with Food Safety and Animal Welfare

We strive to meet all relevant regulations and minimise negative impact concerning food safety and animal welfare. These topics are always the cornerstone of our product development and customer advisory services. In 2022, our latest ‘clean in place’ methods further reduced the amount of energy, water and detergent needed to clean contact surfaces.