Development and cooperation projects
In 2013, Raisio participated in several development and stakeholder cooperation projects related to responsibility/sustainability. Most of the projects are continued in 2014.
Me & MyCity in Southwest Finland
Me & MyCity coordinated by the Economic Information Office is a learning environment where sixth-graders can explore working life through role-playing games. Raisio is involved in Me & MyCity of Southwest Finland with its own department.
Raisio wants to support the learning of working life skills by working together with primary schools and by participating in the Me & MyCity project. We want to provide children with happy learning experiences and to familiarise them with the occupations in the food industry, their future career choices in mind.
Elovena Power Days
Elovena Power Day is an tour organised by Elovena and Finnish Athletics Federation. The event brings energy and power to the school children's day. The Power Day event aims to communicate, through activities and games tickling children's brain cells, the importance of healthy food and happy exercising.
In 2013, a total of 30 Elovena Power Days were arranged across the country. The cooperation between SUL and Elovena Power Day started in 2007 and is continued in 2014.
The project: For the Best of Crops and Environment
In 2011, Raisio and Yara started a cooperation project called For the Best of Crops and Environment. The project aims to decrease the footprints of field cultivation and nutrient runoffs into waterways. It also seeks to find ways to increase protein self-sufficiency.
In 2013, a number of measures were carried out to reduce the environmental impact of farming; Raisioagro's farming instructions were developed and the accurate fertilisation was promoted using Yara's N-sensor technique. Yara Suomi is also Raisioagro's partner in the contest called Huippufarmari haussa (Raisio's Next Top Farmer).
Environmental impacts of the grain harvests from Raisioagro's contract farmers have been monitored throughout the project period. The results show that greenhouse gas emissions have declined for all grain varieties. In addition, the pilot farms have reported encouraging results regarding the impacts of eutrophication. The objective set on the increased protein self-sufficiency in Finland is challenging due to, e.g, farmers' declined willingness to cultivate oilseeds and the ban on the use of neonicotinoids.
Huippufarmari haussa (Raisio's Next Top Farmer)
In 2013, Raisioagro launched a crop contest called Huippufarmari haussa (Raisio's Next Top Farmer), which aimed to produce high yields and good economic results as well as to minimise the environmental impacts of farming. In 2013, the yields of the best farms were 75% higher than the national average levels. The contest will be held again in 2014.
NUTS – Transition towards sustainable nutrient economy
The unique three-year project conducted by Lappeenranta University of Technology is building a sustainable nutrient economy. Raisio is in the steering group of the project.
The project progressed well during 2013 and some of the pilot projects have already been carried out. The project has started the development work on a nutrient footprint and Raisio has provided background information on food production to support the work.
MTT Agrifood Research Finland's project studies extensively the environmental impacts of beef production and the ways to reduce these impacts. Raisio is in the steering group of the project.
FootprintBeef, part of the wider NUTS project, is gradually moving from the data collection phase into the phase of environmental impact modelling. In 2013, farm models were developed and information was gathered to support the modelling of environmental impacts.
Bioeconomy providing added value to agricultural production
The project is looking for cost-effective technologies for the collection and recovery of field biomass. The project also aims to improve nutrient use efficiency by bringing Raisio's environmental indicators into the everyday life of the farms. The project is part of the Ministry of the Environment's Programme to promote the recycling of nutrients and to improve the status of the Archipelago Sea.
The project reached its halfway point at the end of 2013. Environmental indicators have been actively developed and implemented on the farms through the collection of parcel logbooks and the use of Closed Circuit Cultivation CCC concept developed by Raisio in the contest Huippufarmari Haussa (Raisio's Next Top Farmer). A total of three surveys have been carried out. The surveys examined, e.g., farmers' interest in selling straw for energy production, the possibility of using of straw as fuel in the heating plants of the project region and the number of intermediate storages in the project region. Active project measures have been planned also for 2014.
Climate Communication II
The project of MTT Agrifood Research Finland aimed to clarify the Finnish food industry operators' common will of the issue of environmental labels and potential launch and harmonisation of labels in Finland. The project also prepared a roadmap related to the common will. Climate Communication II ended in October 2013. Raisio participated in the project.
The project Climate Communication II found out what has to be developed in the environmental communication of foods before a large number of consumers can really understand and use the environmental communication conducted through, e.g., carbon footpints. The project resulted in recommendations for food companies; they, together with their interest groups, were encouraged to develop common principles for the environmental responsibility communication. With a common communication plan, the food chain can better increase consumer awareness of the environmental impact of diets and food choices.
SustFoodChoice – Towards sustainable food choices
The MTT Agrifood Research Finland's project aims to promote knowledge of food sustainability and to improve consumer information on the nutritional and environmental impacts of food. The project ended in February 2013. Raisio was involved in the project.
The project combined interestingly the environmental impact and nutritional factors of foods when assessing the responsibility of various foods.
KESTI - Sustainable and climate friendly food chain of regional level
The Finnish Environment Institute's project creates a forum for the region of Southwest Finland aiming to develop a more sustainable food chain from the field to table. The target is to bring together the operators of industry and to launch experiments that reduce food chain emissions and increase regional well-being.
The KESTI project has tried to bring the food chain operators of Southwest Finland together with the help of various development projects. The project has carried out measures concerning, e.g., the optimisation of biogas plant operations and Season's Vegetable campaign. KESTI also operates as a development platform for new projects; four project applications have been prepared related to sustainable and climate friendly food chain of regional level.
Activation Project of Sustainability Communication
OSKE, a Finnish Competence Cluster (Food Development, Tourism and Experience Management, Intelligent Machines) is arranging a two-year activation project on sustainability communication. Raisio participated in the sparring project that started in the autumn 2012 and finished at the end of 2013. Through the project, Raisio has developed its corporate responsibility reporting and increased online, year-round sustainability communication.