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Lactalis Canada’s latest ESG report highlights commitment to sustainability and responsible growth


Lactalis Canada has released its 2023 ESG Report, which indicates that it has lowered its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 11.2 per cent since 2019.

“Our 2023 report highlights the tangible gains we have made in improving our performance towards our ESG goals,” says Mark Taylor, president and CEO of Lactalis Canada. “As we move forward, we are keen to work collaboratively and proactively with our customers, suppliers, dairy farmers, government, industry and community partners on important shared ESG objectives. We know that by working more closely together, we can make faster and more meaningful progress.”

This report details the company’s ESG achievements, advancements, and future goals. It is aligned with the company’s global ESG framework established by Lactalis Group, which is focused on three key pillars: People and Communities, Authentic Products and Heritage, and Land and Resources and underlined by three key priorities: Circular Economy and Packaging, Climate, and Animal Welfare.

Lactalis highlights its reduced reliance on road transport through the company’s Intermodal Transportation program, significantly decreasing CO₂e emissions.

Lactalis Canada enhanced package recyclability to 84 per cent and initiated numerous projects to improve packaging sustainability. Moreover, the company achieved substantial reductions in cardboard and plastic usage and significant decreases in landfill waste.

The company also notes in the report that it has reduced cardboard use by 68,000 kilograms, plastic use by 162,000 kilograms, and landfill waste by 42,000 kilograms through lightweighting projects.  

When it comes to People and Communities, the company launched a new mentorship program and received the 2023 Canadian Grocer Impact award in the Supporting Employees category. It also invested over $2.7 million in charitable organizations across the country.

Lactalis Canada reduced sugar content in milkshakes by 25 per cent and exceeded its goal to triple organic dairy product volume, with sales five times higher than in 2020 and over 40 organic retail products sold each year.

Lactalis Canada says it’s focused “on the journey and not simply the destination. The momentum we have built since 2021 continues to guide us in embedding real and meaningful change across the company,” says Taylor. “We will maintain our high standards of profitable and responsible growth as we progress on our ESG journey, delivering value for all Lactalis Canada stakeholders.”

Read the full report here.

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