End to use of soya from tropical forests
To completely stop using soya from South America.
In 2021, 75% of protein feed already comes from sustainable sources. By the end of 2022, we will exclusively use sustainable protein feedstuffs for feeding the pigs in Germany and will no longer use soya from the rainforest and savannah regions of South America. We continue to work on solutions with our agricultural producers and leading feed manufacturers so that, in the future, feed will be even more sustainable.
Reduction of nitrates in manure
To reduce the nitrate content in liquid manure by 30% (vs. the level in 2005).
In 2021 (as at October), we were able to implement a reduction in nitrate content of 22% compared to 2005. This is helped by our TONISO feed concept. Here the farmers reduce the protein components in feed. This makes the manure “thinner”, and the nitrate content is reduced.
Reduction of antibiotics
To work with suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics by 75% (vs. the level of 2014).
In 2021 (as at October), we were able to record a 62%-reduction in the quantity of antibiotics administered. This positive trend is continuing in collaboration with our agricultural partners and QA so that we can achieve our goal of a 75% reduction in the use of antibiotics in the future.
Increase of animal welfare standards
70% of supplied animals should come from extra-statutory forms of farming (2-4).
In 2021 (as at October) more than 40% of animals supplied to us already came from extra-statutory farming methods (2-4). With the agreement to continue the Initiative Tierwohl (ITW) [animal welfare] after June 2021, we, together with the ITW, have been able to reach a milestone. Since July 2021, the German food retail industry has switched the entire basic range to farming type 2.
Reduction of petroleum-based plastics
To use 70% less petroleum-based plastic packaging in total packaging material for the Tönnies Group (vs. the level in 2017).
In 2021 (as at October), we were using 34.5% less petroleum-based plastic packaging in our total packaging material for the Convenience Division in comparison to 2017. With the introduction of the flow-pack packaging for most of the self-service range, further massive reduction steps can be taken.
CO2 savings in logistics
50% fewer CO2 emissions in the area of road transport (excl. containers) for our main sites (Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Sögel and Weißenfels) per tour (vs. the level in 2015).
In 2021 (as at October), we produced 16% fewer CO2 emissions in the area of road transport (excl. containers) for our main sites (Rheda- Wiedenbrück, Sögel and Weißenfels) per tour in comparison to 2015.
Protection of resources
90% of the energy mix at Tönnies production sites generated from renewable sources.
In 2021 (as at October), 56.3% of the energy mix in the Tönnies production facilities was sourced from renewable energies.
In the long term, to provide all interested employees with accommodation that complies with defined standards.
By 2021 (as at October), we have created 4,700 standard-compliant dwelling places for interested employees.
With the Nutrient Strategy, Tönnies is committed to the entire cycle of livestock farming and is intensifying its activities in nutrient management. The goal is to work in a resource-optimised manner with relevant partners from the agricultural industry and, specifically, to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
More information on the development and progress of our Sustainability Management is available here.
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Dr. Gereon Schulze Althoff
Director of Quality Management and Veterinary Services
Dr. Wilhelm Jaeger
Director of Agriculture Department
Director of Animal Protection Unit
Director of Environment and Energy Management