Sustainability

Connecting supply and demand responsibly

We manage our supply chains in an efficient, responsible and sustainable way by mitigating possible environmental and social risks and reducing our impact on natural resources.

This means promoting biodiversity, avoiding deforestation, sharing best practices and building partnerships. As the world reaches the limits of arable land, we are devising responsible and innovative solutions to securing the world’s future food supply.

We are entering new partnerships, increasing agricultural productivity through responsible innovation, and managing our supply chains in an efficient and responsible way that allows us to better connect supply and demand.

Our supply chain

Through our Supplier Code of Conduct and Commodity Specific Policies, we pursue long-term relationships with our suppliers based on responsible and sustainable agricultural practices. We require our suppliers to apply good agricultural practices and meet criteria on deforestation and biodiversity conservation.

In this way we are helping to secure our future food supply with a minimum of biodiversity loss and environmental deterioration. As the effects of climate change come to bear on agriculture and food security it is vital that our cooperation with suppliers extends beyond compliance and policies.

For farmers to reduce GHG emissions, and effectively respond to the effects of climate change, innovating their agricultural practices is essential. So as well as providing training, we are supporting farmers with voluntary certifications and continuous improvement initiatives. Our aim is to promote environmentally sound agricultural practices wherever and whenever we can.

Supply chain certification

We are integrating credible certification schemes into our commodities supply chain. The International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) and the Biomass Biofuels and Sustainability Voluntary Scheme (2BSvs) are two examples. We are also a member of multi-stakeholder initiatives and a signatory to the Soy Moratorium. This commits us to not purchasing from trading with or financing farmers who grow soy on land in the Amazon biome that was deforested after July 2008. Satellite mapping of the soybean properties of our pre-financed suppliers ensures this commitment is fulfilled.

In addition, we are working with independent bodies and local associations to maintain the highest standards of growing practices. To facilitate sustainable coffee growing practices, we work with certification bodies such as the Rainforest Alliance, UTZ Certified and Fair Trade. This enables the transfer of value across the supply chain and fulfils the market need for sustainably sourced coffee under a credible label.