We're Climate Positive

We’re proud to say that from 2022, all our HiPP products will be climate positive!

We began organic farming back in the 1950’s because as a family, we felt it was best for nature and sustainability has always been very important to us. And we’re continuing in our mission by becoming the world’s first baby food & care manufacturer to offer products that are climate positive.

What does being climate positive mean?

Being climate positive means that we are giving back more to nature than we take out along our entire value chain from the fields to our retailers’ warehouses. We offset significantly more carbon along the value chain than we generate – from the production of our raw materials, packaging and shipping before, during and after production through to transporting our finished products to retailer warehouses. We’re not only saving emissions, but we’re helping nature to pull carbon out of the atmosphere.

How have we calculated our products being climate positive?

We have calculated all the climate relevant carbon emissions in connection with each of our food and milks products, starting in the fields where any ingredients were grown and sourced, where they were then produced and finally transported to the UK warehouses of our retailers. These calculations have been checked and results confirmed and certified by TUV Nord AG.

What HiPP does to try and help our climate

What we do for our climate

Before climate change was recognised as the greatest challenge of our time, HiPP was already taking action to protect our climate. We have already achieved a lot in the past decades: we have switched to renewable energy sources and have been able to reduce and even avoid emissions. We’ve also reduced the amount of packaging materials, thereby further avoiding and cutting emissions. As a result, carbon emissions at our Pfaffenhofen production site in Germany have been reduced by more than 80%

Since 1995, HiPP has been complying with the strict requirements of the European environmental management system EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) and has since improved its ecological footprint every year. The HiPP production sites in Pfaffenhofen (Germany) and Gmunden (Austria) have been climate-neutral since 2011. Since then, our factories in Herford (Germany), Glina (Croatia) and Hanságliget (Hungary) have followed suit and are now also climate-neutral thanks to the use of renewable energy sources and the support of projects for climate protection.

We reduce emissions by:

• actively protecting our climate by organic farming since 1956

• constantly optimising our energy supply concepts

• continuously reducing carbon emissions since the early 1990s

• producing climate-neutrally at all our EU production sites

• optimising the packaging of our products

We offset emissions by:

• binding carbon through humus formation

• being involved in global climate protection projects

• implementing climate protection projects within our own supply chain

Climate protection through soil conservation

Active climate protection and sustainable actions are core pillars of our company’s philosophy. Sustainable and soil-friendly organic farming allows HiPP to make a valuable contribution to nutrient-rich and fertile soils and thus to climate protection. We need healthy soils not only for ensuring good harvests, but also for retaining more water and binding more carbon in the long term.

A high humus content is key in all of this. HiPP therefore promotes organic farming and humus formation projects around the world. Soils with a high humus content have been proven to bind climate-damaging carbon and to secure our future.

Healthy soils for our climate

Humus formation is a key pillar in HiPP’s efforts to protect our climate and to offset unavoidable carbon emissions. Every handful of soil is a small marvel for our climate. Why? Because the millions and millions of microorganisms that live in healthy soil convert plant residues into valuable humus that binds carbon. We make use of this principle in our local climate protection projects as well as in some of our global climate protection projects. For example, we convert the cattle manure that is generated at our HiPP farms into valuable compost. We share the experience in humus formation that we have gained over the years with our raw material suppliers throughout the world. This way, they too can implement measures along the HiPP value chain to protect our climate. Because local nature preservation also leads to global climate protection.

Climate protection projects

HiPP is involved in various climate protection projects around the world – including one in Cape Town where we cooperate with our long-standing partner Soil & More Impacts.

Cape Town has to deal with approx. 30,000 cubic metres of green waste per month. Until a few years ago, nearly 100 percent of this waste ended up in the city’s large landfills. There, the high amounts of organic waste caused logistical and, above all, emission problems.

In the past years, our Cape Town climate protection project has worked on turning this organic waste into valuable compost. By 2020, this project has allowed us to convert over 10 million cubic metres of green waste into high-quality potting soil, saving half a million tons of carbon.

UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) institutions have already openly recommended this HiPP supported project as a way of offsetting emissions.