Raw material policy: Coffee

Coffee’s characteristics and challenges

Coffee beans come from the berries that grow on coffee plants; the beans are separated and further processed into various coffee raw materials. Coffee is cultivated in tropical zones around the world. Coffee farming is a significant sector and employs a lot of people globally.

However, there are a number of responsibility challenges linked to coffee production, including poverty and child labour. Moreover, coffee farming may have negative environmental impacts depending on the farming practices, and climate change has a major impact on coffee farming.

Valio’s policy on the use of coffee

In line with Valio’s policy, we use only certified coffee* in our products.

*The policy applies only to raw materials that contain coffee. Note: it is possible that agents or additives containing small amounts of coffee derivatives that are not disclosed in the raw material data may be used.

Situation as of 04/ 2022 Target/progress (updated 11.4.2023)
Coffee is used in a few of Valio’s consumer products. The main raw ingredient in products is typically milk, so the volume of coffee used in products is small. The main raw material contained in these products is typically milk, so the amount of coffee used per product is small. The coffee raw materials are highly processed for the specific needs of the products, so their supply chain is long.

-> All the raw material in use is sourced from approved suppliers, but the raw material is not certified.
Convert the coffee raw materials** used to certified ones and acquire supply chain certifications for Valio’s manufacturing plants.

Identified certification options for coffee raw materials in Finland, and changed them to be certified accordingly.

Rainforest Alliance certification of supply chain acquired for three production plants. Work started to advance product and packaging changes.

**For each raw material, a corresponding, existing certified raw material must be found. Converting the raw material requires a product-specific raw material conversion project in which the suitability of the new raw material for the product is verified, and the raw material conversion is implemented in a controlled manner.

The chart is updated once a year.

Supplier management
Code of Conduct
Sustainability management