As part of the Lantmännen cooperative, it’s an integrated part of Lantmännen Unibake’s self-understanding to do business in a sensible and responsible way. But even good efforts need a framework to have an environmental impact.
Therefore, in the end of 2018 Lantmännen Unibake in Sweden decided to implement an Environmental Management System (EMS) to work systematically with sustainability across all business units and processes – including external partnerships.
“It’s not that we haven’t done environmental projects in the past. For example, we have switched to LED light bulbs, we have converted from fossil fuels to Rapeseed Oil Methyl Esters – known as RME – and such. But our projects were not done in a specific order, and they didn’t fit into a masterplan,” says Pernilla Rydberg, Quality and Environmental Manager in Lantmännen Unibake’s Swedish business. “With an EMS we can map everything we do across the full value chain from procurement to operations, marketing, sales, production and so forth.”
Using the requirements described in the ISO 14001 standard Lantmännen Unibake in Sweden has now defined a baseline for their sustainability activities, and they can identify which projects have the largest environmental impact.