Tetra Laval is engaged in supporting Mentor, which is the leading international federation of not-for-profit organisations working to develop evidence-based youth development programs that focus on preventing drug abuse. Mentor International was founded by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden in 1994 in collaboration with the World Health Organisation. The goal of Mentor is to provide support, best practice and evidence-based mentoring programs that offer young people inspiration, empowerment and motivation they need to make healthy life choices and view their futures more positively.
Tetra Laval supports SOS Children’s Villages, which is the world’s largest organisation for taking care of children who have lost their parents and gives them a home, family and education. SOS Children’s Villages was founded in Austria in 1949 and manages 500 villages for children in 134 countries. Besides the villages, the organisation also manages schools, youth centres, medical clinics, and programmes for parents to prevent children from being abandoned due to poverty, drug abuse or illness.
In recent years Tetra Laval has engaged in a number of disaster relief projects, including the Syrian refugee crisis, the Nepal earthquake, flooding in Serbia and Croatia, and a typhoon in the Philippines. In April, 2016 Ecuador was hit by a devastating earthquake. More than a million people were reportedly affected. Together with its customers the Group’s goal was to secure distribution of milk, water and other beverages to those affected. Relief support after the earthquake in Ecuador
Tetra Pak works with non-government organisations (NGOs) and multi-stakeholder initiatives on a wide variety of issue-specific projects. Key partners and initiatives include the UN Global Compact, the Caring for Climate, the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) and more.
Tetra Pak provides data and information on its sustainability performance and goals in an annual Sustainability Update. These updates form the company’s Communication support on Progress to the UN Global Compact, showing how Tetra Pak is integrating its 10 principles on environmental performance, labour and human rights practices, and anti-corruption into business strategies and day-to-day operations.
In September 2015, the UN introduced a new set of goals aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Tetra Pak has communicated its support for the SDGs, just as the company did with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Today, 368 million children in 169 countries receive food in their schools, mostly through government budgets. Milk is served in around 60 countries. Tetra Pak has been engaged for more than 50 years in the development of school feeding and nutrition programmes. It all started in Mexico in 1962 when Tetra Pak packages were used in a school feeding programme in collaboration with the National System for Integral Family Development – a programme that still covers millions of children. Today, more than 70 million children in 56 countries receive milk or other nutritious beverages in Tetra Pak packages. We offer our partners practical support in implementing and evaluating school feeding programmes, including advice on food safety and quality controls in schools.
Tetra Laval Food for Development actively drives development of the entire dairy and food value chain through cooperation with customers, governments, development cooperation agencies and funding organisations and NGOs all over the world. The three industry groups of Tetra Laval all focus on technologies for the efficient production, packaging and distribution of food. Tetra Laval Food for Development believes that the most effective way to tackle the global challenges related to food security and nutrition is to build sustainable food value chains. Through our activities we add value to our customers while supporting development of emerging countries and increasing access to nutrition around the world.
The global demand for milk is expected to overtake the available supply in the next decade – a supply deficit fuelled by population growth, rising prosperity and urbanisation in Africa, Latin America and Asia. At the same time there is a huge potential for developing milk production from smallholder farmers, often with only a few cows, for increased supply. Tetra Laval and Tetra Pak have developed the Dairy Hub model to secure a long-term supply of locally produced milk of high quality without increasing the collection costs in emerging countries. The Dairy Hub model links smallholder farmers to a dedicated dairy processor in a selected area. Tetra Laval supports the dairy processor to set up appropriate infrastructure with technology and cooling facilities, to provide practical knowledge transfer and and to offer the farmers advisory services. The positive results are that the supply of locally produced milk increases and the dairy processor can build up a more stable supply chain.