Together we can make a change

We all have the responsibility of creating a more sustainable future. There has to be taken action at a political level as well as everyday habits and consumption in private households, where reusing and recycling are essential focus areas.

The road to sustainable food

Meat and food production also affect our climate with CO2 emissions and methane gas, which is an important area of focus that needs taking care of – without a doubt. To do so, changes are required in all areas - from farms and abattoirs to packaging and distribution.

Food companies and food professionals also have an obligation to increase the integration of sustainability, so it is ensured that challenges related to health and climate as well as social and economical issues are dealt with on a global scale and throughout value chains.

on several fronts

At Danish Crown, we have worked broadly with sustainability and we have large ambitions within this area. The journey to reach our goals is long, but we are focused and we are working step by step towards a more sustainable future for food. 

We have outlined a sustainable strategy called ”MEAT2030”. The strategy sets a direction for our work towards 2030 where we have a clear ambition of being one of the world's most successful and sustainable meat producer.

We have identified five primary action areas where Danish Crown can make a change and contribute to UNs SDGs. The action areas cover sustainable farming, sustainable food production, good jobs for everyone and cooperation with clients and consumers about sustainable consumption as well as research and partnerships. With initiatives weaved into all of these areas, we factor sustainability into every part of the value chain.

Climate change the agenda

Even though we work broadly with sustainability, we are amongst the industries that affect the climate the most. Which is why we take our responsibility seriously for creating real impact. An important step along the way is our farmer sustainability programme, called Climate Track [LINK to Climate Track], that is being controlled by an independent agency. With this, every single Danish Crown farmer in Denmark is obliged to make sustainable changes at the farm within areas of, for example, CO2-reduction, feed optimisation, manure management, animal welfare and the use of antibiotics and social responsibility.

Many farmers have already chosen to follow the Climate Track. Actually, more than 90 percent of all pigs delivered to Danish Crown’s Danish abattoirs come from these climate controlled family farms who follow the Climate Track. At the same time, we are working on optimising  sustainability within our abattoirs, packaging and distribution amongst other areas.

All said, the many small and large initiatives will together ensure that the Danish farmers together with the rest of Danish Crown’s production will reduce our climate impact by 50 percent in 2030, and that we are on track to produce climate-neutral meat in 2050.

Creating a sustainable
future for food
a little better every day

Currently, Danish Crown is working on several initiatives to achieve a more sustainable future for food. At our abattoirs, it means a great deal for the climate impact to use the whole animal so nothing goes to waste. The majority of the animal is used for food while the rest is processed for feed, the production of biogas, fertiliser, medicine and much more.

Energy efficient transport

In transporting the animals, we have a large focus on energy efficiency. We set requirements to our sub-contractors, educate our chauffeurs in eco-friendly driving and continuously collect data about driving routes and fuel consumption, which enables us to optimise transportation.

We want to do more, and we can. Which is why we are also testing the use of biogas and biodiesel in our supply chain.

Climate and environmentally friendly packaging 

As it stands, Danish Crown is one of the largest exporters of pork in the world and one of Europe’s largest producers of meat products. Needless to say, this means we require a large amount of packaging. It is  imperative that this packaging is as climate-friendly as possible. This is something that we are continuously striving to ensure. Since 2018, we have set specific requirements of our suppliers, requesting all carton and cardboard to be made of materials from sustainable forestry. In addition to that, we have  developed a 27 percent thinner corrugated cardboard in the lid used for most of our packaging, which reduces the carbon footprint significantly.  

In Denmark, we have also replaced 55 million meat trays with new climate-friendly trays produced from a minimum of 80 percent reusable plastic. This saves the environment from nearly 1,000 tons of new plastic each year.

Climate-controlled pork

90 percent of our Danish pork is bred on family farms.Since 2005, the Danish farmers together with Danish Crown’s abattoirs have reduced the climate footprint of the Danish pigs by 25 percent per kilo. We have done this together and without compromising on our high quality standards. So, you are still guaranteed tender, juicy and flavoursome pork that meets our high level of animal welfare standards. In 2019, Business Benchmark for Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) ranked Danish Crown in the top second tier in the global index comprising 150 companies in terms of political engagement, performance and openness about animal welfare in food businesses.

A trusted supplier to the UK foodservice sector

Danish Crown has been exporting bacon to England since 1887. It was our very first export market. Today, weare supplying the UK foodservice sector with safe and high-quality meat, made in a sustainable way, providing everything from Pure Pork, sausages, bacon and gammon. Our product range also includes beef and lamb. 

We hold long-standing relations with British BBQ smokehouses and pubs, premium steakhouses, restaurants, retailers and a lot of other great people within the food industry. Visit our Food Service website to get to know more or contact us  via generalenquiriesUK@danishcrown.com

Denmark in the lead: Climate-efficient pork production
According to a report by World Resources Institute (WRI), Denmark is one of the most climate-efficient countries when it comes to pork production with 10.80 in carbon emissions per. kilo meat. The leading position comes mainly via efficient operations on the individual farms.
At Danish Crown, our goal for 2030 is to emit 50 percent less greenhouse gasses than in 2005, and by 2050, it is our vision that Danish Crown’s meat production will be completely (net) climate neutral.
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