BioGaia contributes to a better environment by
- Reducing the use of antibiotics
- Measuring the climate impact of the company and its products, take part in Carbon Disclosure Project reporting and compensates for its carbon dioxide emissions (read about agroforestry projects below)
- Striving for eco-friendly packaging (seen over the entire life cycle)
- Choosing modes of transport, for goods and employees, with the smallest possible environmental impact
- Encourages its suppliers and distributors to take environmental aspects into account in their decisions
Striving for ecology and biology in balance
The microorganisms used by the company are completely natural and normally occurring in human beings. The modes of action of these microorganisms are based on biological principles. To stay healthy, the human body must maintain equilibrium between its various systems. An imbalance quickly results in diminished ability of the immune defence to prevent and fight disease. This ecological-biological approach is at the very core of BioGaia’s operations.
Carbon offsetting with Plan Vivo
Plan Vivo certified carbon offsets are built on agroforestry, preserving and regenerating forests in cooperation with local land owners. Trees are important for several ecosystems, impacting us humans, the global climate and the local biodiversity alike. Plan Vivo projects are found around the globe, and agroforestry is the common denominator binding them together. According to FAO agroforestry is an excellent way to secure food supplies whilst reducing agricultural vulnerability, and adapting to a changing climate.
Plan Vivo is a framework that assists local communities in managing their natural resources in a more sustainable way. The framework, the standard, contains details on how carbon reduction is measured and monitored, meanwhile ensuring that social and ecological development is safeguarded. Validation and certification is carried out by third-party auditors such as Rainforest Alliance, and each project is verified again every 3 to 5 years.
REDD+ Yaeda Valley, Tanzania
Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) is a UNFCCC initiative aiming at stopping degradation and logging of forests around the world. In Yaeda in northern Tanzania the organization Carbon Tanzania works with local nomadic tribes, the Hadza. In this project a system has been set in place, in order to safely manage and protect the large forest areas that are the foundation of the Hadza hunter-gatherer lifestyle. This project is Plan Vivo certified, making it possible for local tribes to receive payments for patrolling their forests, as well as transforming to a more sustainable forest management. In total, 48 000 tons of CO2 of carbon reductions have been achieved, and over 20 000 hectars of forests been saved from illegal logging.
REDD+ Durian Rambun, Sumatra
Durian Rambun, situated among the rainforests of central Sumatra in Indonesia, is a village of about 200 individuals who together protect and preserve a 2500 hectar unique forest area from poaching and illegal logging. This is a REDD+ project through which PES (payment for ecosystem services) provide funding for the community to patrol and protect their forest, as well as developing new and alternative business opportunities. Through a near cooperation between the community and Fauna and Flora International (FFI), the aim of this project is to strengthen the local economy and social stability. The payments are distributed between groups in the village in a democratic manner, a successful strategy according to the villagers. A women’s cooperative, a youth group, a forest management group, a patrol group and a forest-legislation group have all received payments as a result of this project.
Life cycle and analysis of the packages
In 2013 BioGaia carried out a second, in-depth analysis of the packages’ climate impact. The measurement, which was performed in collaboration with the Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), showed for example that the tablet bottles with volumes of less than 60 tablets have the greatest impact per dose. BioGaia therefore recommends that the distributors choose blister packaging for smaller packages. Parallel to this, BioGaia is working to develop the existing packaging towards recyclable materials.
BioGaia’s use of palm oil
Due to the special properties of palm oil BioGaia is using this kind of oil in BioGaia Protectis drops, BioGaia Protectis tablets and BioGaia Prodentis lozenges. The special formulation and stabilization properties of palm oil mean that it is used in the products. BioGaia only purchases palm oil from suppliers that are members of Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and thus support production of sustainable palm and palm kernel oil. BioGaia adds about 26 tonnes of palm oil to products annually. The total annual global production of palm oil is 52 million tonnes.
We have a clear strategy and have set the goals and priorities for 2018. Our sustainability initiatives have been given structure and a long-term approach.
BioGaia has a strong network of distribution partners around the globe. Most of the around 80 partners are pharmaceutical or other health companies.
BioGaia’s products are sold in around 100 countries. The largest segment is paediatrics, accounting for over 80 per cent of total sales.