Fonterra releases first Sustainability Report

“The report offers a new level of openness. More and more customers and consumers want to know where their food is from, how it got to them and the impact all of that had on the environment,” Fonterra’s Director of Sustainability, Carolyn Mortland.

Ms Mortland, said the Co-operative shares the same long-term aspirations for the land and water as local communities and understands the evolving expectations of customers and consumers.

The Sustainability Report follows Fonterra’s recent announcements on emissions and clean water in New Zealand, and highlights the Co-operative’s commitment to an open discussion on how it is taking its responsibilities seriously and where it is making real progress.

The report was compiled using the internationally recognised Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework and independently assured. This follows global best practice and underlines the integrity of the report.

 “Our continued success on the world stage is reliant on a clean, sustainable environment and continuous improvement in the production and transportation of our products. All that type of information is laid out in the report.”

The report also covers Fonterra’s progress in maximising the nutritional benefits of products by significantly reducing refined carbohydrates, sodium and sugar. This year, a new specialised milk product was launched in Malaysia to help combat high cholesterol and diabetes.

Highlights in the report include:

  • 95% of supplying farms in NZ are participating in nutrient management reporting and benchmarking.
  • 98.4% of waterways on supplying farms in NZ are fenced to keep cows out of waterways.
  • A new target of climate neutral growth for pre-farmgate emissions by 2030 has been set against a 2015 baseline. 


Fonterra’s sustainability report is split into four parts. Here are some key findings from each: 

1. Sustainable Dairying

  • New Zealand has among the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per litre of milk collected in the world.
  • Fonterra’s global Food and Nutrition Guidelines were endorsed by the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation.
  • More than 140,000 Kiwi kids get a free 200ml serving of milk each school day.

Read more here  

2. Sustainable Operations

  • Since FY15, there has been a 5% reduction in manufacturing emissions.
  • Aim to reduce manufacturing emissions by 30% by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050.
  • Set a new target to reduce water use by 20% per cubic metre of milk at all NZ sites by 2020.

Read more here

3. Sustainable Consumption

  • This year we launched Anlene Heart-Plus in Malaysia to help combat high cholesterol and diabetes.
  • More than 140,000 New Zealand school kids (5 – 11yos) get a free 200ml serving of lite milk every day.
  • Around 125,000 breakfasts are served each school week in over 900 schools throughout New Zealand.

Read more here

4. Our People

  • Fonterra employs more than 22,000 people across the world.
  • The gender ratio was 73% male and 27% female.
  • Globally females earn more on average across the business. 
  • Women fill 25% of positions on Board and Senior Management team.
  • Workplace safety has a strong focus and the total injury rate is down 19 per cent versus last year.

Read more here

The full report and supporting statistics can be found here