Sustainability

Sustainability


Our belief that the world can be a better place if we are all committed to doing better every day is at the heart of what sustainability means to Almarai.

Through the integrated management of our social, environmental and economic performance, we aim to maximize the shared value we create for our stakeholders, now and in the future. We continue to implement industry-leading practices to protect the wellbeing of our consumers and employees, ensure the health of our farm animals, protect the natural environment and generate significant economic.


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To learn more about how we are managing sustainability, please see our Sustainability Report 2020

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Our Sustainability Strategy


As the Middle East’s largest food and beverage manufacturer and distributer, and the world’s largest vertically integrated dairy company, we play an important role in shaping the market for the better. Our sustainability strategy, ‘Better every day,’ is our answer to this call and founded on the belief that the world can be a better place if we are all committed to doing better every day.


Better every day


We have 25 goals and targets to achieve by 2025.


Caring for people

Caring for people

Our promise to improve the lives of those that are integral to our business success every day.


Nutrition and wellbeing Health and safety Employee talent and diversity Community investment
We are working to make sure that our products and communications support healthy living every day.​ We are working to make sure we foster a health and safety culture among our people every day.​ We are working to make sure that our people are developed, valued and included every day.​ We are working to make sure that we are leveraging our resources to create a positive impact every day.​

Our strategic goals and targets


Nutrition and wellbeing ​

  • Develop and implement a holistic plan to further enhance our nutrition and wellbeing offering by 2025

Health and safety

  • Achieve ISO 45001 compliance for all our divisions by 2025
  • Institute an occupational health and wellbeing program accessible to all employees by 2025

Employee talent and diversity
  • Increase the number of female employees in our workforce year-on-year
  • Reduce voluntary employee turnover to achieve an average of 12% over the period 2020-2024
  • 90% of managers engage in at least 40 hours of professional development per year by 2025

Community investment
  • Donate 2.5 million healthy servings by 2025
  • Educate 250,000 people through our site visit program by 2025
  • Improve the employability of at least 1,400 young people through the Dairy and Food Polytechnic (DFP) program by 2025


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Caring for people

Protecting the planet

Our promise to minimize our impact on our shared natural resources every day.


Water management Packaging innovation Climate change Waste management Sustainable agriculture
We are working to make sure we are effectively using water resources every day.

We are working to make sure we reduce the impact of our packaging on the environment every day.

We are working to make sure we implement more sustainable solutions to reduce our emissions every day. We are working to make sure that we are moving towards zero to landfill every day.

We are working to make sure that our agricultural practices are regenerative every day.

Our strategic goals and targets


Water management
  • Increase water efficiency across our Manufacturing, Sales, Distribution and Logistics Divisions by 15% by 2025 (against a 2018 intensity baseline)
  • Initiate and support collaborative efforts with stakeholders to address water risk and enhance conservation by 2025
Packaging innovation
  • Avoid the use of 9,000 metric tons of plastics from entering the consumer waste stream by 2025 (against a 2015 baseline)
  • Actively support the transformation of the packaging economy in KSA by 2025

Climate change
Transport and refrigeration
  • Explore and trial alternative fuel vehicles for our sales transport fleet on an ongoing basis
  • Increase the fuel efficiency of our sales, distribution and logistics vehicles by 10% by 2025 (against a 2018 baseline)
  • 100% of our sales depot cold stores will be CFC free by 2025

Energy
  • Reduce energy consumption across our Manufacturing, Sales, Distribution and Logistics Divisions by 15% from efficiency measures by 2025 (against a 2018 intensity baseline)
  • Increase the share of electricity from clean energy sources across our Administration, Manufacturing, Sales, Distribution and Logistics Divisions to 20% by 2025
  • Achieve ISO 50001 certification for our Administration, Manufacturing, Sales, Distribution and Logistics Divisions by 2025
Waste management

  • Reduce waste going to landfill across all our divisions by 50% by 2025 (against a 2018 baseline)

Sustainable agriculture

  • Enhance sustainable practices on our arable farms by 2025



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Producing responsible products

Our promise to deliver “Quality you can trust” and enhance supply chain sustainability every day.


Quality and food safety Animal welfare Ethical sourcing
We are working to make sure our products are safe and satisfy consumers’ needs every day.

We are working to make sure that our animals are treated and handled humanely throughout their lifecycle every day.

We are working to make sure we take a collaborative approach to elevate sustainability in our supply chain every day.

Our strategic goals and targets


Quality and food safety
  • All manufacturing sites will have Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized certification by 2025
  • All high-risk ingredient suppliers will be Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certified by 2025

Animal welfare

  • Achieve global animal welfare certification for our dairy and poultry farming operations by 2025
Ethical sourcing

  • Put an ethical sourcing process and audit plan in place by 2025



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Our Stakeholders


Shareholders /
Investors

Our shareholders and investors provide the capital necessary for sustainable growth; therefore, Almarai’s future growth and success ultimately depends on its ability to attract investment domestically and internationally. We are committed to delivering long term sustainable returns for shareholders and investors in a growing range of diversified product lines.


Consumers

Our consumers are at the heart of our business. We want consumers across the region to think Almarai first when purchasing food and beverages. Building trust and ensuring that our products are the best is essential to our continued growth.


Employees

Our employees are paramount to our business success, as they hold the commitment, dedication, and intellectual capital to drive innovation within our organization and deliver on our strategy.


Governmental
regulatory bodies

We deeply value our relationships with our regulators and other government stakeholders, as they help us ensure that we effectively manage risks to our business and produce safe, quality products for consumers. We are committed to complying with all legal and regulatory requirements.


Civil society
organizations

As a people centric business, we believe that contributing to communities in the countries of our operations is important to building trust and bonds. We are committed to ensuring that access to quality and healthy food is not only a luxury, but a right.​



To read more about our efforts to deliver on our ambitions, read this section of the Sustainability Report 2019


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Our Stakeholders


 

Employees


Paramount to our business success: by providing an inclusive work environment, with training and career development, we seek to promote employee commitment, dedication and innovation.
 

Consumers


At the heart of our business: we work to build the trust of our consumers by delivering top quality products that are nutritional, ethically produced and adhere to sound environmental practices.
 

Government regulatory bodies


A key partner in managing risk and compliance: we are committed to complying with all legal and regulatory requirements to ensure our business produces safe, quality products.
 

Civil society organizations


Helping us contribute to community development: through active engagement in projects and programmes, we build trust with the communities where we operate.
 

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Supporting our future growth and success: through strong financial performance, we seek to deliver long-term sustainable returns for our investors.
 

Environmental Social and Governance rating agencies


Supporting our commitment to continuous improvement: by being transparent about our sustainability performance and goals, we can make sure that we are heading in the right direction.