Saputo
Dairy processor
Largest dairy processor in Canada, and among the largest in the world. Majority owned by the founding Saputo family. Founded in Canada in 1954, the company has expanded by mergers and acquisitions, particularly the USA, UK, Germany and Argentina. Acquired Australian dairy companies Warrnambool Cheese & Butter in 2014 and Murray Goulburn in 2018, and integrated the two companies under the name Saputo Dairy Australia.

Overall

Owned CAN
Rating F
About the Ratings
Saputo Inc
CAN

Company Assessment

Saputo Inc
Praise
The PalmOil Scan app, produced by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), rates companies on their commitment to sourcing sustainable palm oil. Companies are scored on their use of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO), commitment to sourcing CSPO, on-the-ground conservation action, and membership to the RSPO. Companies can earn a rating of Excellent, Good, Poor or No Commitment. This company is rated "Excellent" (retrieved 18 Nov 2023).
Source: WAZA (2023)
In 2023, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change risk. Responding companies are scored across four key areas: disclosure; awareness; management; and leadership. This company received a CDP Climate Change score of B-.
Source: CDP (2023)
Criticism
In 2023 KnowTheChain benchmarked 60 food and beverage companies on their efforts to identify and tackle forced labour risks in their supply chains. This company received a score of 2/100. The average score was a disappointing 16/100 and the highest score was 56/100.
The 2024 Social Benchmark assesses the world's 2,000 most influential companies on their responsibility in meeting society's fundamental expectations towards three measurement areas: respecting human rights, providing decent work, and acting ethically. This company was assessed in 2023 and received a score of 3/20. The average score was an alarmingly low 4.6/20 and the highest score was 15.5/20.
This company scores Ethical Consumer's worst rating for their use of palm oil, signifying they are using no or minimal certified palm products, and with no or minimal positive commitments.
The livestock sector is the single largest contributor to man-made methane emissions. Even though rapid reductions of methane emissions are needed to slow the rate of global warming, the largest meat and dairy corporations are oblivious to the problem. Changing Markets' 2021 report 'Blindspot' investigated the policies and actions of 20 meat and dairy giants to reduce their methane emissions. This company scored 8/100 for their methane policy and actions.
This company received an S&P Global ESG Score of 27/100 in the Food Products category of the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an annual evaluation of companies' sustainability practices (last updated 18 Nov 2022). The rankings are based on an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, environmental reporting, climate strategy, human rights and labour practices.
The 2023 Food and Agriculture Benchmark assessed 350 keystone companies across the entirety of the food system, from farm to fork. It covers three dimensions where transformation is needed: nutrition, environment and social inclusion. This company ranked #144/350, with a total score of 19.5/100.
Information
This company was fined C$187,500 after a worker was killed by a cheese cutting machine. The Ontario Court of Justice levied the fine on May 1, 2018 after the company pleaded guilty to failing to ensure a pinch point was guarded resulting in the worker's death in December 2016.
This company has products rated RED in Greenpeace Canada's "How to Avoid Genetically Engineered Foods" Shoppers Guide. Products on the RED list are likely to contain GE or GE-derived ingredients from the most widely grown GE crops, usually corn, soy, canola or cotton. Companies on this list have confirmed that their products may or are likely to be made with GE ingredients, or have not denied using GE foods when given the opportunity to do so.
This company has corporate citizenship claims on its website, under the headings responsible sourcing, environment, community, food safety and business ethics.
This company is a member of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, the main food industry initiative supporting the development of sustainable agriculture worldwide. Created by Nestle, Unilever and Danone in 2002, the SAI Platform is a non-profit organization to facilitate sharing, at precompetitive level, of knowledge and initiatives to support the development and implementation of sustainable agriculture practices involving the different stakeholders of the food chain.
In 2023, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts towards removing commodity-driven deforestation and forest degradation from its direct operations and supply chains. Responding companies are scored across four key areas: disclosure; awareness; management; and leadership. This company received a CDP Forests score of C.
Source: CDP (2023)
In 2023, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to manage and govern freshwater resources. Responding companies are scored on six key metrics: transparency; governance & strategy; measuring & monitoring; risk assessment; targets & goals; and value chain engagement. This company received a CDP Water Security score of C.
Source: CDP (2023)
A 2015 Mercy For Animals Canada investigation revealed animal abuse at Chilliwack Cattle Company - a major Saputo dairy supplier. Saputo responded by releasing a new animal welfare policy and saying it will refuse to buy milk from farmers that don't treat their animals humanely. The policy also commits to eliminating the practice of cutting or docking the cow's tail, administering pain control when dehorning cattle and reducing stress on cows through low-energy animal handling methods.
The 2021 Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) report ranks global food companies on how they are managing and reporting their farm animal welfare policies and practices. This company appeared in tier 4, "Making progress on implementation", with tier 1 being the best, and tier 6 the worst.

Company Details

Type:
Public company
Founded:
1954
Revenue:
14.3 billion CAD (2021)
Employees:
12,800 (2017)
Subsidiaries:
Saputo Dairy Australia Pty Ltd
Dairy product manufacturing
Saputo Dairy Australia was formed in 2018 when Canadian dairy giant Saputo bought Murray Goulburn Co-operative for $1.3 billion. Murray Goulburn Co-operative was previously owned by Australian dairy farmers and formed by farmers in the state of Victoria, Australia in 1950. Saputo also bought Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company in 2014 and has begun to integrate the two companies under Saputo Dairy Australia.
Danone Murray Goulburn (50% owned)
Dairy joint venture
Murray Goulburn Co-operative and Danone announced their Australian yoghurt joint-venture in March 2010. Manufacturing is at Kiewa (VIC).
Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company Holdings Ltd
Dairy producer
One of Australia's biggest dairy companies. Established in 1888. Canadian dairy giant Saputo acquired an 88% stake in Jan 2014, and the remaining shares in Mar 2017. Saputo also bought Murray Goulburn in 2018 and has begun to integrate the two companies under the name Saputo Dairy Australia.

Contact Details

Address:
Montreal, Canada
Website:
www.saputo.com

Products / Brands

Saputo Dairy Australia
Australian Gold Cheese
Caboolture Cheese
Cheer Cheese
Cobram Cheese
Coon Cheese
Cracker Barrel Cheese
Devondale Butter & Margarine
Devondale Cheese
Devondale Milk
Devondale Milk Powder
Devondale Flavoured Milk
Fred Walker Cheese
Great Ocean Road Milk
Great Ocean Road Flavoured Milk
Great Ocean Road Cheese
Great Ocean Road Butter & Margarine
Heidi Farm Cheese
Il Migliore Cheese
King Island Dairy Cheese
Liddells Yoghurt
Liddells Pudding & Custard
Liddells Flavoured Milk
Liddells Cheese
Liddells Milk
Liddells Cream
Mersey Valley Cheese
Mil Lel Cheese
Moo Flavoured Milk
South Cape Cheese
Sungold Flavoured Milk
Sungold Milk
Tasmanian Heritage Cheese
Warrnambool Cheese
Danone Murray Goulburn (50% owned)
Activia Yoghurt
Danone Yoghurt
Two Good Yoghurt
YoPRO Yoghurt