Director SCO About Sustainability

The food industry plays an important role in climate change

According to the UN, climate change is the greatest threat that modern human has faced. To handle this, we must all help reduce emissions and transition to a net-zero economy by 2050, preferably faster than that if possible.

As a European group in the food industry, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to contribute to a low carbon economy and to reduce emissions. Our longterm objective is to achieve net-zero emissions by 2045 and our strategy to achieve this is by focusing on the global frameworks: the GHG-protocol, SBTi, TCFD and CDP.

Midsona’s objective is to be at the forefront when it comes to contributing to a more sustainable food industry, and this is an ongoing process that can always be improved. Today, our own production operations are growing in several countries that maintain a high standard of food and product safety, while we also have a complex delivery chain with suppliers all over the world to handle. We see that there is a need for measures to build a more sustainable food system. Risk managers and decision-makers in food safety, who are tasked with safeguarding and strengthening public health, operate in an increasingly complex world. Public health is a subject about which we are passionate and that permeates our way of working, in the development of new products and for our sustainability work in general. We seek to inspire and influence people in the right direction, to live a healthier lifestyle. We do this by offering and developing many new plant-based or vegetarian food
products with good nutritional value and with as small a climate footprint as possible. We should use our significant physical retail presence to play a greater role in connecting initiatives at the local level.

The climate challenges are closely linked to the threat to biodiversity, which we will focus on even more in the future, as underlined by the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which in 2021 released the first official draft of a new indicative global framework to secure biodiversity by 2030. Most of our targets for 2022 take the environment, nature and biodiversity into account in various ways, both directly and indirectly.

To achieve real change, we need to work on a broad front with many efforts at the same time – we do this through our six development areas, which you can read about in detail in our Sustainability Report. During the year, we took a big step forward in our sustainability work.

Siv Kjersti Rodal
Director Sustainability Group, CS