Nov 25, 2021 — News

New Biocode Collective Member: Helsinki Mills

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Veera Juutilainen
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Helsinki Mills’ products are made in a carbon-neutral way from domestic, nearby-grown grain.

The environment and responsibility have been important issues for Helsinki Mills for a long time, long before they became a significant trend. Long-term work has been done to reduce the company’s carbon footprint, and the company is the first carbon neutral mill in Finland. Helsinki Mills has decided to be carbon neutral in its whole supply chain by 2034.

An example of long-term climate work is Helsinki Mills’ own biopower plant, which was commissioned in Vaasa in 2013. In addition, all of the company’s production facilities have used electricity generated by hydropower since 2010.

Sustainable and resilient agriculture at the core

Domesticity and transparency are important issues for Helsinki Mills. At the heart of the company’s vision is sustainability and sustainable agriculture that benefits both people and nature. The company wants to secure the future of food production and reduce the environmental impact of its own operations. Extreme weather events, such as soil depletion and species depletion, affect agriculture and thus the company’s access to the most important raw material, and those extreme events need to be stopped.

It is of utmost importance for Helsinki Mills to commit to sustainable development and to continuously develop its work to ensure they produce the best possible food and support well-being. The company has been producing exclusively plant-based food since 1934 and is doing its best to provide easy and healthy options for the modern consumer as well.

As a new climate measure that delights consumers, Helsinki Mills launched the Oat Food Generator on its website, which will give consumers tips on how to make more climate friendly oat-based versions of traditional rice and pasta based home dishes.

Doing business and appreciating the environment

Helsinki Mills has reduced and offset its carbon footprint for two years now. Next, the company will focus on the product life cycle calculations. It has been clear to the company from the very beginning that only safe and high-quality products and activities that value nature and people can succeed. We do business on the terms of environmental responsibility.

– It is important to minimise and compensate our environmental impact and to measure and manage it more accurately. We strive to be a net positive player from the perspective of sustainability, says Niklas Kumlin, CEO of Helsinki Mills.

– Long-term and continuous development work is a prerequisite for the success of companies, including in the field of climate impact. Helsinki Mills is a great example of this. I am convinced that with the digital online services we have developed for product lifecycle assessment, Helsinki Mills will have the tools to ensure the conditions for the success of its products also in the future, states Ernesto Hartikainen, CEO of Biocode.

Check out the Helsinki Mills’ Biocode Collective member profile and read more about the company.

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