Paulig published its Annual Report March 22nd 2024 along with its Sustainability Report for 2023. The report describes in detail our progress towards Paulig’s Sustainability Approach 2030. 


Highlights of the year 2023:

  • We have reduced the greenhouse gas emissions from our own operations by 22% from the 2018 baseline. Our ambition is to reduce the GHG emissions from our own operations by 80% and from our value chain by 50% by 2030. 
  • We implemented the Paulig Nutrition KPI Framework into product development and innovation processes to guide product development. The framework defines what we mean by a product enabling health for people. At the end of 2023, 45% of our sales were from products that meet our criteria of enabling health for people.
  • We extended the scope of our sustainable sourcing of spices initiative. At the end of 2023, 71% of the sourcing volume for the spices in scope was externally verified to be sustainable. The six spices in focus are: black pepper, onion, Indian chillies, turmeric, cumin and oregano. 
  • We updated our sustainability focus areas and added Nature as part of Paulig Sustainability Approach 2030. We want to take stronger actions to protect biodiversity and address other nature-related impacts. Currently, we have projects with our partners and suppliers to improve biodiversity by supporting sustainable cultivation methods and regenerative farming.  
  • We announced a unique Climate Fund to accelerate climate emission reductions in our value chain. The fund was valued at EUR 2.7 million in 2023 and allocated to projects targeting emission reductions in wheat and coffee value chains, logistics and Paulig’s own operations. 
  • Paulig launched a group-wide DEI policy to strengthen its commitment and further promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the workplace.   
  • We launched our Santa Maria wheat tortilla with up to 50% less climate impact. This is a continuation of the collaboration with Lantmännen to drive more sustainable cultivation methods. Together with the actions in other parts of the value chain, the reductions contribute to up to 50% less climate impact caused by Santa Maria wheat tortillas compared to 2012 as estimated by RISE in a lifecycle assessment. 
  • We conducted a group-wide human rights screening as part of our human rights management work. Through this work, we were able to identify the most salient human rights risks and prioritise them to be able to plan the next steps in the work. 
  • We joined COP28 to engage with global key stakeholders, exchange learnings from sustainability initiatives, and to push for decisions from international peers, partners, suppliers and political decisionmakers.  
  • Paulig and EIT Food, Europe’s leading food innovation community, arranged a webinar on food waste, bringing together key decision-makers and industry representatives to discuss this urgent issue. The participants explored innovative solutions, and cooperative practices, and emphasised the significance of policy to drive change.  

Coming next:

  • We continue our systematic work to reduce emissions. Our aim is that all our factories, in six countries, achieve the CarbonNeutral® building certification by the end of 2025. 
  • We expand the work with our suppliers and partners to adopt climate-smart farming practices in our coffee and wheat value chains. 
  • We have set up a new strategic initiative to take us towards the ambition of halving food loss in our value chain by 2030. We plan to restart the strategic initiative that has been on hold. 
  • To continue our course towards the ambition of 70% of net sales in 2030 coming from products which enable the health and wellbeing of people and the planet, we are starting to develop a framework to evaluate and identify focus areas enabling health for the planet. Core products evaluated in pilot project, and extended pilot of 100 largest (sales) products initiated.  
  • We continue to develop the external verification of sustainability in our spice value chains, with the aim of having the selected spices fully verified by 2025. Simultaneously, we continue extending the scope of external verifications to other spices and herbs. We continue developing our company-wide human rights management model and due diligence process to ensure respect for human rights in our operations and value chain and meeting the increasing human rights and environmental due diligence requirements.
  • To strengthen and embed protecting biodiversity and water resources more to our current and future climate initiatives, we are preparing to set science-based targets for nature actions.
  • We will continue to reduce climate emissions in wheat and coffee value chains, logistics and Paulig’s own operations through annual projects implemented together with our suppliers and partners. The projects are funded from our Climate Fund.

Paulig's Sustainability Reports:

Scope 3 GHG Inventory

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Paulig's Annual Report cover 2023
Paulig's Annual Report 2023
Paulig Sustainability Approach SE
Paulig's Sustainability Approach 2030