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.
Supporting agroforestry projects in Africa
Every year BioGaia calculate its carbon footprint and offset its emissions through agroforestry projects in Africa. ZeroMission supplies the Plan Vivo certified offsets, meaning that important social co-benefits, such as poverty reduction, gender equality and health also are achieved together with the environmental benefits.
REDD+ in Yaeda Valley
BioGaia supports Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), an UN initiative aimed at minimizing forest harvesting and protect the indigenous people. The project collaborates with local nomadic tribes, so called Hadza people, which has developed a system to manage and protect their fields. REDD + contributes with funding to preserve and educate the population in the area, as well as helping them to conduct a more modern forestry.
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. BioGaia is only purchasing the products from suppliers that are members of RSPO, Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil. RSPO is working in cooperation with the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF).
Palm oil is the most efficient oil crop in terms of cultivation. The typical yield is close to ten times that of its nearest competitor, such as soy, sunflower and rapeseed. Any other oil crop would consequently need ten times more land to produce the same volume of oil.
BioGaia uses around 13 tonnes of palm oil per year. This corresponds to cultivation of 2.5 hectares. The total production of palm oil in the world is 48 million tonnes per year. EU imports 12% of the total production. Sweden is importing about 64,000 tonnes per year, which is 1% of the EU import. BioGaia is using 0.0002% (0.2‰) of the Swedish import.
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.