At FOSS, Sustainability is more than just a buzzword. Acting responsibly and with integrity has been our approach to doing business since the inception of our company in 1956 by Nils Foss. We have a holistic approach to sustainability - it is not only about how we operate as a company. It is also about using our knowledge to develop solutions for a world with significant population growth, scarce resources, food safety scandals and climate change. As the leading provider of analytical technology, FOSS plays a key role in addressing these challenges.

For example, our technology is important in expanding food supply by making optimal use of increasingly limited resources, while ensuring that the best quality food reaches the consumer. We can optimise both quantity and quality. To address this challenge there is a need for the development of solutions that analyse and make data manageable and actionable throughout the food production process.

Information management of analytics will be the future of the food and feed industry, enabling producers to increase yields by being more efficient. Intelligent and automated processes that rely on data will define our customers’ future production - and much of the 10% of our turnover we annually invest in research and development will be dedicated to new solutions in this area.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
FOSS is committed to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The goals most relevant to our business, and where FOSS contributes, are:

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages 
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

In addition to developing technological solutions that provide real sustainable benefits to society, we also take action to integrate sustainability practices into our own operations. Our goal is to continuously improve performance and strive for best practice through our participation in internationally recognised initiatives such as the UN Global Compact and SEDEX.



UN Global Compact Logo

FOSS is an active participant of the UN Global Compact, the world´s largest voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to take steps to support UN goals. Each year we produce an annual sustainability report, which details our efforts and progress in addressing the Compact’s ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.



Sedex Member
FOSS is a member of SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange),the world’s largest platform for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains, used by more than 50,000 members in over 150 countries. As a member we are audited once every 2-3 years by a 3rd party auditor against criteria in the areas of labour rights, health & safety, the environment and business ethics. As the SEDEX audit format is updated on a regular basis to meet legislation changes and best practice, it provides us with a valuable tool to gauge and improve our sustainability performance. 



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