Growing for the future – sustainable sourcing has never been more important.
The widespread adoption of sustainable agriculture is crucial if we are to feed over 9 billion people without depleting the planet’s natural resources.
Sustainable farming methods have the potential to increase yields considerably, mitigate the effects of climate change and provide economic and social benefits to farmers, their families, and the surrounding communities. We believe sustainable agriculture will play a vital role in achieving the UN's Global Goals for Sustainable Development, particularly those on eradicating hunger and poverty. Our wider work on sourcing impacts a number of the other Global Goals, such as those on quality education (Goal 4); decent work and economic growth (8); climate action (13); life on land (15); and partnership for the goals (17).
The conversion of forests into agricultural plantations is one the major causes of deforestation. By using our scale and advocacy we are helping to drive transformational change whilst creating inclusive supply chains for smallholder farmers, who produce around 80% of the food consumed in emerging markets from Southern Asia to sub-Saharan Africa.
Sourcing sustainably helps secure our supplies, and reduces risk and volatility in our raw material supply chains. It also opens up opportunities for innovation: by focusing on people’s sustainable living needs and consumer preference, we build stronger brands. Sustainable farming methods can also improve the quality of our products, such as our sauces, soups, dressings or ice creams.