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Environment protection and sustainability

In 2015, the UN member states adopted a series of goals for sustainable development in the period leading up to 2030. BAMA works continuously to make its supply chain more sustainable. We aim to be a driver and model business for the green transition. BAMA’s sustainability strategy underpins everything we do. It consists of 23 goals to be reached by 2024.

Environment protection and sustainability

What the Norwegian Transparency Act means for BAMA

BAMA works continuously to ensure that it safeguards fundamental human rights and decent working conditions.

Corporate social responsibility is something we work on every single day in accordance with our ethical guidelines. These apply to both our own employees and suppliers of goods and services all over the world. The Act, which came into force on 1 July 2022, is therefore a natural continuation of the work BAMA is already doing. 

BAMA is committed to sustainable production and ethical trading. All our suppliers therefore undertake to follow BAMA’s Code of Conduct.

We monitor our suppliers regularly through visits and risk-based audits. 

Broadly speaking, this is the rule for everyone we partner with. In addition to compliance with national laws and regulations, we require suppliers to ensure that the environment, working conditions and social rights are safeguarded as well as possible. We employ long-term cooperation agreements to do business with well-established suppliers who undertake to deliver on HSE, working conditions, social rights and environmental protection. 

BAMA carries out annual risk assessments for all the products and countries we do business with. These are then used as the basis for due diligence assessments. The risk map covers all BAMA’s products, sorted by country. The assessments include both matters of relevance to the Transparency Act (fundamental human rights and decent working conditions) and environmental risk. 

BAMA is a member of Ethical Trading Initiative Norway (IEH) and our annual report to them satisfies the requirements set out in the Transparency Act. 

Food waste reduced by 42 per cent between 2016 and 2022 
BAMA is committed to halving food waste by 2030. We now expect to reach that target in 2025, five years ahead of schedule. 

Carbon emissions from transport reduced by 13.4 per cent
This is the reduction from 2021 to 2022 in proportion to turnover (weight).

Solar panels installed on the roof of BAMA’s head office 
This will help to achieve our goal of self-generated renewable energy by means of solar collectors, solar panels or ground source heat pumps. 

Nearly 690 tonnes donated to Matsentralen food banks 
BAMA has an agreement with Matsentralen, which distributes food to those who need it most. Tonnes of fruit and vegetables from BAMA help to make its food parcels healthier and fresher. 

Tonnes of plastic and cardboard saved

New, thinner salad and vegetable bags, together with new corrugated cardboard cartons, were launched for both supermarket and HoReCa customers last year. This resulted in substantial plastic and cardboard savings, plus more efficient utilisation of haulage capacity. The bags mean approximately 17 tonnes less plastic a year, while the cartons represent cardboard savings of 46 per cent and 379 fewer lorries on the road. 

Winner of the Sustainability Award

The HoldbarSjekken testing system for optimal packaging, which was developed in collaboration with the supply chain, won the Sustainability Award presented by Green Dot Norway in conjunction with Matvett. The aim of this innovation project is to develop a system for finding the right packaging for fruit, berries and vegetables so as to maximise shelf life, minimise food waste and reduce the use of plastic. 

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