We have already gone beyond the safe limit of six out of nine planetary boundaries, as demonstrated in the latest scientific research in 2023. Food production itself has significantly contributed to the global environmental footprint. However, the existing supply chain is not collaborating sufficiently to effectively address the pressing issues at hand.
Therefore, it becomes important for market players in the entire value chain, including traders and retailers, to facilitate the transition by measuring and reducing their environmental impact, and by providing farmers with the necessary tools and knowledge to create a better environment collaboratively.
The Roadmap on Product Environmental Footprint is a strategic framework designed to guide agri commodities sectors in reducing the environmental footprint of specific products and achieving IDH’s sustainability goals and objectives by 2025 and 2030. It outlines five key steps and actions that need to be taken to address environmental challenges, promote sustainability, and protect natural resources.
The Roadmap on Product Environmental Footprint also aims to support each sector to prepare for different European sustainability legislations and corporate framework, amplifying its impact across broader initiatives. Aligned with the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) targets, the roadmap empowers agro-commodities sectors to set and achieve ambitious goals for reducing environmental impact. It complements the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s (SASB) Sustainable Agriculture Standard by providing a detailed guide on assessing and mitigating the environmental footprint of specific products.
To optimize and scale up our sustainability effort, the Roadmap on Product Environmental Footprint is aligned and shared across various sector initiatives hosted by or supported by IDH, including:
- IDH Aquaculture Working Group on Environmental Footprint
- Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI)
- Sustainability Initiative Fruit and Vegetables (SIFAV)
- Sustainable Spices Initiatives (SSI)
At IDH, we support companies that are members of the Sector Initiatives which we host or otherwise support, as well as individual companies to follow our roadmap on reducing their environmental footprint.
IDH is calling out to companies taking the next step in their environmental footprint commitment to take action and secure a better planet for all of us.
“We increased our involvement in the SIFAV 2025 programme as its ambitions correspond to the priority areas which are at the heart of Greenyard’s sustainability strategy: climate action, water stewardship, zero waste and responsible sourcing.”