More Sustainability through Malt

Malt comes from grains grown in the nature and ends up as drinks and foods enjoyed by people. Therefore, we are dependent on nature and the ecosystem services it provides for the value chain.

In fact, malt has a major part to play in ensuring and increasing sustainability in the entire value chain, from field to glass.

By encouraging regenerative farming practices, continuously improving energy and water efficiency in the malting process, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and leading innovation on new types of malts, we are advocating for more sustainability through malt.

To be successful in our sustainability goals, we need to work holistically as a value chain. This means supporting our farmers, partners and customers in their respective sustainability journeys. As the science around sustainability advances, we also need to be agile: to take on board new information and adjust our actions and targets accordingly.

Together, we can create more sustainability through malt.

Viking Malt water used in the malting process

Fit for the Future

Sustainability is strategically integrated into our values and operations. Committing to UN compacts, ISO standards, and other clearly defined parameters places appropriate pressure on us to show concrete progress. By collaborating with our customers, our suppliers, and all our partners on increasing sustainability throughout the entire value chain, we are set to create an industry fit for the future.


reduction in our Scope 1+2 CO₂ emissions by 2030


FSA certified barley by 2030​

In accordance to the UN-led global Science Based Targets, we are committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions in line with the 1.5°C temperature increase scenario by the year 2030. This corresponds to a reduction of 42% from the base year 2021.

However, our evaluation of 2022 data shows that only 11% of our greenhouse gas emissions result from our own activities. As much as 89% are so-called Scope 3 emissions, with barley cultivation as the most significant contributor.

We will continue to offer practical training and calculation tools to our farmers, to assist their gradual movement towards more regenerative farming. Through our partnership with Improvin’, we are developing a platform for collection of farming data, welcoming our farmers to a closer cooperation with our customer.

We report and assess our sustainability journey through the EcoVadis, Sedex and CDP platforms and the UN Global Compact framework. In addition, our corporate Annual Report discloses our sustainability progress transparently.

In recent years we have made exciting breakthroughs on alternatives to traditional sources for malts. Our bean-based inredient Sprau® can be used to partly replace barley-based malt in beer and whisky. By increasing the use of faba beans in our food system we contribute to regenerative farming via crop rotation.

To be successful in our sustainability goals, we will need to work holistically as a value chain, supporting our farmers, partners and customers in their respective sustainability journeys. Together, we can create more sustainability through malt.

Our employees are our most valuable assets​

Everyone in Viking Malt is entitled to have a safe and healthy work environment, which consists of employees’ physical, psychological, and social well-being. Our key actions to enhance safety include intensive training programs for employees and implementation of the life-saving rules across our operations.

We offer all our employees equal opportunities and treat people equally regardless of their gender, ethnic origin, nationality, skin color, social origin, age, creed, political convictions, work position, health conditions, or other corresponding matters. We are proud of our gender diversity and well balanced gender split in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

The way we lead is based on our values: We respectWe careWe are curious, and Together we strive for success

Reports & Certificates

To help you get a more detailed picture on our sustainability commitments and actions, we have compiled all relevant reports and certificates here.

In addition to our Annual Report that includes a dedicated section on Sustainability, you will find here our CSR Report, Environmental Policy and Energy Policy. Also included are our commitment to the UN Global Compact principles, and the relevant ISO certificates on corporate sustainability, energy and environment, organic production, and more.