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Set the example
as a future company

By the end of this decade, the world needs to cut the emissions of greenhouse gases in half in order for global warming to stay within a 1.5-degree target. The UN has called on all businesses to accelerate the transformation toward a sustainable future that addresses climate change. We want to lead by example as a future company, guided by science, respecting the planet, while creating safe and inclusive workplaces with thriving people. We are committed to drive a shift in society — in the ways people eat, food is produced, and the planet is treated — where people can make small changes, like switching to plant-based foods, that improve their lives and ensure a healthy planet for future generations.

Energy Battery
Our Energy consumption

So, we used less energy per liter (win!), but the climate impact from energy per liter still increased. Is that even possible? Well, if the share of energy from renewable sources goes down from 62% to 49%, the answer is yes—and that’s also what happened in 2020. Okay, things don’t just “happen,” but we’ve recognized that sourcing renewable energy is a huge challenge as we expand production to new regions. Looking at our own 

Diagram - Energy per produced liter

production sites only, the share of renewable energy is 65%, mainly thanks to our production site in Sweden that continues to be powered by 100% renewable energy. And challenging or not, we are continuing to work toward 100% renewable energy solutions for all of our production. We are also seeking ways to improve the efficiency of the energy used in our factories and exploring opportunities to generate energy onsite.

*Numbers indicate change from 2019 per produced liter product.

water usage down in all our own production sites!

Hurray! Our sites in Vlissingen and Millville reduced their water usage during 2020, following their 2019 start-up phase, as the production found its rhythm and we implemented measures to improve water efficiency. The Millville site installed a fancy “closed-loop barrier fluid” unit to overcome the irregular flow pressure in the municipal water system. And at our site in Landskrona, more effective production planning resulted in fewer production losses and less water needed for cleaning. Because our production sites differ in setup (some produce oat base only while others also produce finished products) it’s difficult to combine site-level water usage into a consolidated metric or compare the sites to each other. But that’s also the only not-so-great thing about these downward-pointing water consumption numbers.

*Numbers indicate change from 2019 per produced liter product.

Landkrona -13 percent
milleville -69 percent
Vlissingen -53 percent
100% of our leftovers repurposed

Our aim is to eliminate production waste sent to landfill. We work to reduce waste, repurpose oat fiber and other organic waste, and compost or convert the rest to energy. 

In 2020, 100% of our oat fiber residues, our largest and most important waste stream, generated in our production sites were repurposed! The oat fiber residues from our Landskrona site went to animal feed and a small amount for biogas. The oat fiber residues from our Vlissingen site went 100% to biogas and the oat fiber residues from our Millville site went mainly to animal feed and 8% for soil improver.

The Climate impact from Transport went up: +79%*

Even though we transported much more ingredients and products in 2020 compared to 2019, you wouldn’t expect an increase in climate impact measured per liter, right? And still, here we are. Yeah, that requires an explanation: A significant portion of the increase in transportation emissions is related to a wider scope of data collection and an updated set of GHG emission factors (tips: Read the “important side note” on here). This means that we now have a much more accurate—though higher—baseline to measure future improvements against.

Additionally, distribution of finished products is by far the biggest driver of transportation emissions, and more than half of it is due to shipping products to Asia from factories in Europe and the U.S. The good news is that as we start up production in Asia, we expect to drive down this impact. 

*Numbers indicate change from 2019 per produced liter product.

Diagram - Distribution of greenhouse gases

In 2020, we did some pretty amazing things to improve our transportation climate impact:


Reduced the number of terminal trucks, reducing diesel consumption by an estimated 6,000 liters/year. 


Partnered with Einride to be one of Europe’s first companies to digitize and deploy a fleet of electric trucks, now delivering liquid oats in Sweden! 

Warehouse network

Started implementing a warehouse network around the world which is designed to minimize the distance to production sites and customers.


Health & safety

Our safety and health policy ensures that we build a ‘T-OATLY’ safe mindset. We know that rapid production growth can come with the risk of increasing incidents and accidents, so building the right culture and behaviors around safety is crucial. Everyone should understand their responsibilities and participate in a sharing-and-learning culture, where good practices are communicated, and incidents seen as important learning opportunities. 

2020’s short List of Oatly’s health and safety efforts:


  • Supported COVID-safe working conditions for all employees.
  • Introduced a hazard reporting process.
  • Investigated 109 Near Miss reports to help identify safety improvement areas. 

Diversity, equality 
& inclusion

Oatly should feel like home to everyone who works here, regardless of spiritual beliefs, birth country, race, gender, sexual orientation — or whatever that makes you, you. As happy and proud as we are of our strong culture, it’s just as important to make sure that it develops hand in hand with the company. In 2020, we put extra focus on building capabilities for inclusiveness. We launched a transformation framework with the goal of ensuring that we are enacting real change, not just ticking a box. Our company aims to be 100% free from discrimination and offer equal opportunities and treatment for all, meaning that our diversity and equity just can’t look good on paper but must be built into the culture. To assess our inclusiveness, we asked employees if they agree with these statements: 

We also ask employees, “Do you feel that Oatly is free from discrimination and treats people equally regardless of gender, transgender identity, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, beliefs or age?” In the survey conducted in 2020, on a scale from 0 to 10, our employees gave the average of 9.2. That’s an improvement from 2019, when the average score was 8.6.

Equality and inclusion
Gender diversity
Gender diversity diagram key
Gender diversity - All Emloyes
Gender diversity - Team managers
Gender diversity - Leadership team
Gender diversity - Board

Code of conduct

Our code of conduct expresses our ethics as a company, and it is critical that all employees respect and act in accordance with it. It includes key issues like bribery, corruption, and discrimination. In 2021 we also included our business conduct and ethics guidelines in all employment contracts and conducted mandatory training for all employees and executives on our code of conduct and on anti-bribery & corruption. We have also included compliance clauses in our commercial agreements and other contracts with third parties. 

We have also upgraded our whistleblower program. Our whistleblower service enables reporting any behavior that goes against the code of conduct. In 2021 we enhanced our whistleblower system to allow reporting through multiple channels with global support, several language options and a better process to ensure anonymity for all of our employees and consultants. 

Oatly Code of conduct 

Here's what we belive
Committed coworkers: 86 percent


a core value

Our sustainability ambitions and actions are dependent on dedicated and knowledgeable people who are thriving in their jobs. We know that even though our sustainability work is guided by our mission and sustainability plan, it is our co-workers’ commitment that makes the real difference. In order to walk the talk, every co-worker needs to be curious about how their daily decisions and actions can have a ripple effect down the line - and be determined to reduce potentially negative impacts as well as amplify the positive ones.

We track sustainability commitment via a “committed co-worker index” - a measurement based on three questions we ask all employees: 


  • Do you know how you contribute to Oatly's work on sustainability in your role and daily work?
  • Do you feel that your engagement with sustainability is developed at Oatly?
  • What ambition do you think Oatly should have for our work with sustainability? 

In 2020 the committed co-worker index was 86% — a small decrease compared to 2019’s result (88%), but a high commitment score. More than half of our co-workers (62%), new and old, state that sustainability was an important reason for applying to work at Oatly. This sets a good foundation for us to build a culture of trust where sustainability leadership can thrive and lead to transformational change. This work is prioritized, and we are dedicated to:

  • Maintain sustainability as our core value, helping our co-workers feel committed and understand how they contribute toward sustainability.
  • Incentivize our leaders to prioritize sustainability by making it part of their performance expectations. 


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A Note regarding forward-looking statements

This site (the “2020 Sustainability Summary”) contains forward-looking statements regarding our future business expectations and objectives and our environmental, social and governance goals, which involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated depending on a variety of important factors, including without limitation the risks detailed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In relation to the 2020 Sustainability Summary, we are (wholly or in part) reliant on public sources of information and information provided by our own suppliers and business partners. Further, our ability to verify such information (whether now, in the past, or in the future) may be limited by the integrity of the underlying data available at the relevant point in time and the status and evolution of global, supranational and national laws, guidelines and regulations in relation to the tracking and provision of such data. Therefore, such information is provided on a reasonable efforts basis and is subject to change.