Together for a more sustainable tomorrow!

Caring for the environment and combating global climate change is a collective social responsibility. We’ve taken on our share of this responsibility and are actively working to reduce our carbon footprint and protect nature and people – in everything we do.

Our sustainability strategy focuses on how we can meet people’s needs and at the same time do business successfully by operating in an environmentally sustainable manner with clear and well-thought-out actions in five key areas.

Climate impact  

Did you know that the food industry contributes nearly one-third of all global greenhouse gas emissions? We display the climate impact of each product so you can make more informed food choices and support efforts to slow global climate change. Each of us can make a difference!  

We use the cradle-to-gate method to calculate climate impact. This means we add up the impacts of raw materials, packaging, transport to the factory and production processes but do not include any activities after the product leaves the factory.  

Based on calculations, we know that the greatest impact is not from packaging or production but from raw materials.  

We know that a diet that ensures both human and environmental health is possible. In addition to monitoring the climate impact of consumed food, it is also essential to avoid food waste.  

Our calculation method and threshold for small climate impact were developed with the assistance of the Swedish research institute RISE. Our assessment scale considers the following:  

  • the climate impact of an average Nordic citizen’s food consumption (approx. 2 tonnes CO2e per year);  
  • reasonable daily food consumption (approx. 1.3 kg);  
  • the need to reduce global climate emissions by 50% compared to 1990 levels to constrain global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century.  

Frequently asked questions  

How do you ensure a product has a small climate impact? 

We developed the methodology for calculating climate impact and the threshold for small climate impact with the assistance of the Swedish research institute RISE. Preferring small climate impact (<2.1 kg CO2e/kg) foods, while maintaining a reasonable level of daily food consumption (approx. 1.3 kg per person), we could reduce emissions from food by 50%. This aligns with the global goal to reduce climate emissions by 50% by the year 2030 (compared to 1990 levels). 

Do you only evaluate climate impact, or do you also consider broader environmental aspects like water usage and biodiversity? 

Our assessment scale and methodology focus on climate impact. However, in our work with raw materials, packaging, production processes and product development, we also consider other environmental aspects, but describing them all on a single scale would be too complex.  

What is product climate impact? 

The climate impact of a product indicates the amount of greenhouse gases, or climate emissions, released into the atmosphere as a result of the particular product. These gases affect the climate by trapping outgoing solar radiation, thus warming the Earth. Different products have varying types and amounts of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Therefore, the climate impact of products varies. Product climate impact is described in terms of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e), representing the amount of carbon dioxide that would have the same warming effect as all the greenhouse gases associated with the product. 

Where do you get information about the climate impact of your products, and who has reviewed your methodology?

We calculate the climate impact by considering the combined effects of raw materials, packaging, transport to the factory and the production process while not considering activities carried out after the product leaves the factory. Our assessment scale and methodology were developed in collaboration with the Swedish research institute RISE; the same methodology is used across the entire Orkla Group in various countries.  

Shouldn’t products with a large climate impact be avoided? Why do you continue to produce them? 

A sustainable diet doesn’t necessarily mean exclusively consuming products with a small climate impact. It’s essential to ensure that food provides an adequate amount of nutrients for good health. Balancing nutrition and sustainability is crucial for both human and environmental well-being.  

How can smoothies packaged in small plastic containers and containing exotic fruits like mango or banana have a small climate impact? 

To calculate the climate impact of products, we consider the combined impact of raw materials, packaging, transport to the factory and the production process of the final product. Our calculations show that raw materials primarily drive the climate impact, while the impact of packaging and transport is generally smaller. Since smoothies are mainly plant-based and have large water content, their climate impact is below 2.1 kg CO2e per kg of product, which is considered the threshold for products with a small climate impact. 

Why do you assess all your products on the same scale?

We use the same scale to facilitate comparisons of the climate impact of different products across categories. If we used category-specific scales, we wouldn’t gain a broader understanding of which categories have a smaller climate impact overall.

How can you compare the climate impact of products from different manufacturers? 

We’ve only conducted calculations for our own products, as we have the necessary data for them. In our calculations, we’ve observed that raw materials tend to be the main source of impact. Based on our findings, we can infer that products with similar compositions have similar climate impacts. Generally, the more plant-based a product is and the less animal-based it is, the smaller its climate impact, using certified raw materials can also reduce environmental risks. For example, Rainforest Alliance-certified cocoa helps to better address potential environmental risks associated with raw material cultivation, such as deforestation.   

When will Orkla sell only products with a small climate impact? 

We currently do not have a specific plan in place to exclusively sell products with small climate impact. However, we are committed to ensuring that all our products are produced as sustainably as possible. This can be achieved through collaboration with our raw material suppliers, product and packaging development, and improving the efficiency of our manufacturing processes. At the same time, our diet must provide us with enough nutrients to stay healthy. Striving to meet consumer expectations, we also aim to operate within the planet’s ecological boundaries.  

Why do you display a range rather than showing the exact climate impact figure? 

While our calculations provide precise numerical values, we opt not to display them due to slight inaccuracies inherent in climate impact assessments. For example, the precise climate impact of raw materials depends on factors like climatic conditions and soil quality. Factors such as batch size and raw material characteristics influence the production process, and transportation impact depends on the type of fuel used. These variables, subject to change over time, contribute to a certain degree of fluctuation in climate impact. Therefore, we believe it is more informative to provide a range indicating whether the climate impact is small, medium or large, rather than displaying a single exact value.  

Does Estonians’ diet have a large climate impact?

There are no precise studies or data available regarding the environmental impact of Estonian diets. Therefore, our assessment thresholds (small, medium and large) are based on the average climate impact of Nordic diets. Generally, the environmental impact per capita of diets in low-income countries is smaller than in high-income countries. Additionally, developed countries tend to have more food waste at the consumer level, making their food systems less sustainable. Regardless of comparisons with others, it’s essential for individuals to understand that their diets have an environmental impact that can be influenced through informed choices.

Did you also consider food wastage when developing your assessment scale?

We began with the average climate impact of food consumed by the average Nordic person, regardless of whether it ends up being eaten or discarded. To meet the climate goals for 2030, this impact must be halved. This would ensure that the food system contributes to reducing emissions in line with other sectors, allowing us to limit global warming to 1.5°C by the end of the century compared to pre-industrial levels. The assessment thresholds are determined by considering a sensible daily food intake per person and establishing the climate impact per kilogram of food required to meet our climate objectives. This calculation does not account for additional food waste. Therefore, while preferring products with low climate impact is one step towards a more climate-friendly diet, it is equally important to minimise food waste. Our calculations also factor in wastage occurring during raw material cultivation and production processes, which we continually strive to reduce to decrease product climate impact. 

Shouldn’t you also measure your products’ impact on health, alongside environmental impact? 

We openly share information about the nutritional value and ingredients of our products (including on the product packaging) to enable consumers to make informed choices. The healthiness of food cannot be easily measured with a single metric. It is often said that there are no inherently healthy or unhealthy foods, but rather healthy or unhealthy diets; seemingly healthy food choices can turn out to be overall unbalanced or unhealthy. The key is balance and variety in diet. The principles of a health-supporting diet can be found on the website of the Estonian National Institute for Health Development at, which we recommend following.

Why isn’t the “small/medium/large” rating displayed for beverages? 

The scale was developed based on the average Nordic diet. To provide a more relevant comparison, all beverages (including milk, coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages) were excluded from the analysis. Therefore, we do not provide a rating for beverages. However, we can still express their climate impact since the calculation methodology remains the same. Just like with foods, we can calculate the combined impact of raw materials, packaging, transport to the factory and the production process at the factory for beverages.


Same standards for all

Felix sauces are produced in different factories. Regardless of their location, they share a common ambition – to reduce pressure on the environment. We carefully monitor energy and water use and ensure that raw materials are not wasted in the process. We’re making an effort to ensure that an increasing share of the energy used by the factories (both electricity and heating) comes from renewable sources.
Yet the environmental impact of Felix sauces is by no means limited to just the factories that produce them. How the raw materials are grown and what happens to the sauces after they leave our factory is also very important.
We assess all our suppliers not only from a food safety but also from a sustainability perspective, and we expect them to comply with Orkla’s Code of Conduct for Suppliers, which covers the rights of workers, occupational health and safety, as well as environmental, fair business and corporate governance principles.

Food is produced to be eaten

It’s particularly important that all the sauces produced actually end up on the table of our clients. Otherwise, the burden of production and growing raw materials on the environment would be wasted. In order to make sure that people always use up the sauces, we make sure that packaging sizes match actual consumption patterns and that packaging protects sauces from external conditions and thus preserves them for longer.

Nutrition and wellbeing

People must also endure

Who needs life on our planet to continue to be worth living? People, of course. That’s why it’s also extremely important to protect people and their health. As we develop our products, we aim to maximise the health benefits of our sources and make sure consumption takes into account individual needs.

We place great emphasis on clear and easy-to-read labelling in order to facilitate making informed choices.

Less salt, sugar and fat

It’s well known that people in Estonia tend to consume too much salt, sugar and saturated fatty acids, which is why we monitor their content in our products with special attention. That’s why we offer both ketchup without added sugar and ketchup with reduced salt and sugar. In addition to classic mayonnaise, we also have a light mayonnaise with only 3% fat.
All Felix sauces are suitable for vegetarians and many are also suitable for vegans.

We take allergies seriously

As we consider people with allergies and food intolerances, we avoid bringing new allergens into our factories. Even microscopic contact with an allergen can be dangerous for an allergic person – even if the ingredients containing allergens are not used in the product itself, they may be present in another product made on the same production equipment. That’s why we make sure that this information is accessible to consumers and easy to find. We clearly highlight the allergens contained in the product on the packaging using a different font. Allergens that may be present in the product as a result of contact with other products are highlighted at the end of the list of ingredients with the phrase “may contain trace amounts”. In order to ensure correct labelling, we thoroughly evaluate all the raw materials used in the product, their composition and the entire production process from start to finish.

Safe products

Food must not be a lottery

All Felix sauces are produced in factories that are regularly checked to ensure they meet strict quality standards.
During the development phase, all products undergo a thorough risk assessment to identify and eliminate any potential risks associated with the packaging, the ingredients or the use of the product.
We also carefully select and check our raw material and packaging suppliers to make sure they are as committed to food safety as we are.

Thoughtful labelling helps

It’s important that the sauces are stored under the right conditions to ensure safety and the expiry date indicated on the packaging. They mostly need a cool temperature, so they should be kept in the fridge. Consumer input is also needed here. We always make this information clear on the labelling of our products so that it’s easier for consumers to follow.

Packaging and raw materials

The right packaging – less food waste

It’s essential that the packaging protects the product well from the outside conditions and thus ensures the quality and safety of the product throughout its shelf life. If packaging were to fail in this function, it would lead to food wastage, which is an unnecessary burden on the environment. Food is responsible for nearly a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. It’s also well known that about a third of the food produced is never eaten by a human, but is simply thrown away. Packaging plays an important role in the fight against food waste.
However, this doesn’t mean that the environmental impact of the packaging itself should be ignored.

Recycle packaging!

We’ve set ourselves the goal that the packaging of all of our products will be recyclable by 2025. This means that they can be reprocessed and reused as materials. In this way, we reduce the need for new materials. In order to ensure that it actually works, it’s important that the whole chain from the production of packaging material to its reprocessing and reuse is controlled. There are many different parties in this process, all of whom have to play their part in setting the stage for the next link in the chain to play its role.

Everything starts with sorting

It’s very important that we as consumers and as members of society always sort empty packaging into a suitable bin – cardboard and paper packaging, glass packaging or mixed packaging. Most Felix sauces are in glass packaging. It’s responsible to put them in a glass bin, as this ensures that glass fragments, which are very difficult to sort out from other packaging, are not sent to recycling as well.

More recycled materials

We’re also constantly looking for new ways to rely more and more on recycled materials for packaging.

Orkla Eesti AS is a member of the recycling centre Eesti Taaskasutusorganisatsioon (ETO). Through ETO, we are one of the shareholders of RP Pakend OÜ. This nonprofit organisation collects, sorts, recycles and resells packaging waste for recycling. Packaging bins have been installed at public collection points for this purpose, where each consumer can take their packaging. They are collected, sorted and later recycled.

We assess all our raw material suppliers not only from a food safety but also from a sustainability perspective and expect them to comply with Orkla’s Code of Conduct for Suppliers.

People and society

Employees must also endure

We are a big employer and we care about the well-being of our employees. They too must endure! We take responsibility for the health and safety of our employees and ensure that everyone’s human rights – freedom of expression, freedom of organisation and the right to fair working conditions – are respected. We carry out in-depth employee satisfaction surveys and, based on the results, draw up action plans to address any areas of concern. Every year, we invest heavily in developing the professional knowledge and the occupational safety and management skills of our staff. We believe it’s important to create a psychologically safe working environment, which is why we train our employees to build good relationships, resolve work conflicts effectively and prevent workplace bullying, among other things.

We give back to society

Over the years, we’ve supported elite and grassroots sporting events, cultural and social life, a wide range of activities and donated money to charity. With our help, positive emotions have been provided by Estonian skiing, Tartu marathons, Filter Road Cup races, Tartu city run, Pärnu series of runs, song and dance festivals, the Felix Hall of Põltsamaa sports centre, local go-karting track, Põltsamaa concerts, Põltsamaa Castle Days and many other events.

In order to contribute to the development of our society, we’ve decided to focus on our future – we support those young people who create value, mainly for the Põltsamaa region through their activities and initiatives.