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Ambition 1: By 2029, Oatly’s food system will give back to nature and communities where we source by restoring carbon, improving biodiversity, and boosting farmers’ income.

Why?

  • The current model for global food production threatens communities, the climate and ecosystem resilience. If we are to realize the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and the international Paris Agreement on Climate Change, we need to urgently transform the global food system.
  • If food production is increased to meet the demands of the global population in 2050, without improvements in current agricultural practices - especially soil health - greenhouse gas emissions from global agriculture could rise by as much as 87 percent. Restoring the soils of degraded ecosystems has the estimated potential to store up to 3 billion tons of carbon annually (UN, 2019)
  • As a significant buyer of oats globally, Oatly has a responsibility to source them responsibly and an opportunity to drive sustainability improvements with this crop.

How will we get there?
This is our to do list:

Establish an Oatly “Restoration Farming” system that supports farmers with restorative and regenerative agricultural practices to produce climate neutral oats, and help farmers transition from livestock to more-diverse plant-based farming, with well-researched, locally appropriate solutions.

  • Invest in holistic, on-farm nature-based solutions that improve soil health, land restoration and diversification in a way that benefits farmers and improves crop nutrition.

Source 100% of our strategic direct materials using tailored solutions that represent the most sustainable available option for each material, practice or region.

  • Set clear environmental and social sustainability standards for all our suppliers of oats, other ingredients and packaging materials, while continually monitoring and supporting performance.
  • Support key suppliers as they transition to renewable energy and climate-smart practices.
  • Source packaging that is made from 100% renewable or recycled materials and is fully recyclable. Prioritize packaging that is produced responsibly through appropriate certifications and using renewable energy.

Launch lighthouse partnerships with communities and other supply chain stakeholders to improve livelihoods and promote equity, fair working conditions and human rights—while restoring the natural environment and biodiversity.

Check out our 2021 sustainability update to see our progress and challenges.