Our Contribution to the UN SDGs

The 17 UN SDGs were adopted by all UN member states in 2015 as part of the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ with the aim of defining concrete goals to protect the environment, end poverty and improve the economic prospects for public and private sector actors around the world.

With our efforts to promote a plant-based diet, as well as our business model and corporate policies, we are actively contributing to the achievement of several of the United Nations’ SDGs:

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

According to a study published in the Water Science & Technology Journal in 2013, the total annual water consumption for the diet of a person living a vegan lifestyle is around 710 m³ [1]. This is less than half the amount of water used in a meatbased diet, estimated at just under 1,580 m³ per person per year on average. Veganz promotes the shift to a plant-based diet with offerings from breakfast to dinner. Via our products, we specifically support the achievement of the sub-goal to increase water efficiency in the agricultural sector and thus address the global threat of water scarcity (SDG sub-goal 6.4).

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

We not only emphasise environmental friendliness in our food, but also in our product packaging. In 2020, Veganz therefore launched the first compostable packaging for refrigerated products that can be completely biodegraded within 90 days. This means that a Veganz plant-based cheese alternative only consumes a total of 473g of CO2 per pack, and thus less than a quarter compared to an animal-based cheese in conventional packaging, which consumes at least 1,942g of CO2 per item. While packaging innovations like this actively contribute to SDG sub-goal 12.4 (avoiding the release of chemicals and waste into the environment), recyclability is also a key concern for us and we support sub-goal 12.5 – to significantly reduce waste through reuse and recycling. In 2021, 17 of our product packages were already made entirely from renewable or recycled materials.

SDG 13: Climate Action

According to a study on ways to reduce negative environmental impacts in the agricultural sector, a global switch to a purely plant-based diet would mean a reduction of almost 50% of all CO2 emissions in the food sector [2]. The German Federal Environment Agency estimates that the CO2 footprint of a purely vegan diet is 940 kg per year, almost 50% less than that of a conventional omnivorous diet (estimated at 1,760 kg CO2 per year). With our purely plant-based product offerings, we are therefore helping to significantly reduce negative climate effects in the field of nutrition.

SDG 14: Life Below Water

Ever more overfishing is a growing global problem which SDG 14 aims to address, among other things. With a steadily expanding range of attractive fish substitutes that currently includes smoked salmon, fish fingers and tuna alternatives, Veganz also helps people used to fish products to reduce their fish consumption so that fish stocks can be protected more effectively.

[1] Source: Vanham (2013). The water footprint of Austria for different diets. Accessed by https://foodethics.univie.ac.at/fileadmin/user_upload/p_foodethik/Vanham_2013_WST_The-water-footprint-of-Austria-for-different-diets_01.pdf on the 18.04.2022.

[2] Source: Poore, J. & Nemecek, T. (2018). Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers, Accesssed by https://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/science.aaq0216 on the 18.04.2022