Lactalis Canada Releases 2021 ESG Report
2021 ESG Report highlights company progress on goals and commitments in driving meaningful change
May 25, 2022 – Toronto, ON – Lactalis Canada, the Canadian dairy leader behind iconic brands like Cracker Barrel, Black Diamond, Balderson, Astro and Lactantia and a subsidiary of France-based Lactalis Group, today released Lactalis Canada’s 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report which highlights the company’s ongoing efforts to drive meaningful change for its people and the communities in which it operates as well as some of the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges.
“Lactalis Canada’s 2021 ESG Report serves as a clear roadmap; one that embraces our key stakeholders, including our people, consumers, customers, suppliers, dairy farmers, government and industry partners to join us on this important journey and make a positive impact on the wellbeing of our communities and the planet,” said Mark Taylor, President & CEO, Lactalis Canada. “This is the first step in a multi-year transformation plan that we expect will manage future risks and reflect the growth, evolution and innovation of our business. It will enable us to take proactive, sustainable and responsible action towards the ESG challenges and opportunities ahead of us.”
Lactalis Canada’s report is directly aligned with the company’s global ESG framework set by Lactalis Group, focusing on three key pillars of impact: 1) People & Communities; 2) Authentic Products & Heritage; and 3) Land & Resources.
2021 highlights include:
People & Communities:
- Increased focus and investments in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and mental health supports for employees.
- Investment of $2.9 million in more than 50 charitable organizations across the country, including ongoing support for the company’s 33-year partnership with Kids Help Phone and partnership with Grocery Foundation.
- Partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation’s Butterflyway Project at the company’s Winchester, Ontario facility to create native pollinator gardens and help restore vital habitats for bees and butterflies.
Authentic Products & Heritage:
- Optimization of milk supply during the height of the pandemic, procuring and processing milk surplus available in the provinces in which Lactalis Canada operates, helping ensure consistent supply for Canadians and reducing milk waste on farms.
- Doubling the intake and processing of organic milk from Canadian farms.
- Advancing “clean label” initiatives to simplify ingredient declarations on products, including the removal of artificial colours and flavours across a variety of products.
Land & Resources
- Doubling the use of the Canadian rail network in less than two years, resulting in a 70 per cent reduction in CO2emissions in transport activities in British Columbia and Alberta.
- Implementing 12 corrugate cardboard projects, eliminating almost 52,000 kgs of corrugate cardboard from use as packaging, saving approximately 900 trees annually.
“While we aspire to achieve ambitious and important goals, we are also realistic and understand that our journey will require us to take some smaller but equally important steps in the short term, if we are to build the pathways to longer-term benefits,” continued Taylor. “Our focus is on the journey and not simply on the destination. We know where we want to get to and each tangible gain will serve as an important marker as we strive to be better each and every day.”
To read Lactalis Canada’s 2021 ESG Report click here.
About Lactalis Canada Inc.
With 140 years of brand heritage, Lactalis Canada (formerly Parmalat Canada) is committed to enriching and nurturing the lives of Canadians by producing nutritious and great tasting dairy products. Named on Forbes 2022 list of Canada’s Best Employers, Lactalis Canada directly employs 4,000 Canadians, supports hundreds of farming families and contributes to the livelihoods of thousands of Canadians who provide essential services to Lactalis Canada’s more than 30 operating sites including 19 manufacturing facilities. The company’s iconic brands include Cracker Barrel, Black Diamond, P’tit Québec, Balderson, Cheestrings Ficello, aMOOza!, Astro, siggi’s, Stonyfield, IÖGO, IÖGO nanö, Olympic, Lactantia, Beatrice, Galbani, and Président. Lactalis Canada’s commitment to responsible and sustainable growth has been recognized with the 2021 Canadian Grocer Impact Award for Sustainability and its CDN $2.9 million investment to the communities in which it operates. Lactalis Canada is a subsidiary of Lactalis Group, the world’s leading dairy group, headquartered in Laval, France. For more information, visit www.lactalis.ca.
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