The focus of SIFAV’s 2025 agenda is on reducing the environmental footprint across the supply chain, improving working conditions, wages and incomes, and strengthening due diligence reporting and transparency. The joint ambitions include a collective action plan that is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and supports the aims of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy to accelerate the transition to a fair, healthy, and environmentally friendly food system.
Environmental: To work together with their supply chain partners to measure and reduce the environmental footprint of priority products by 2025, amongst others:
- 25% carbon footprint reduction in three priority products;
- 25% food loss and waste reduction in three priority products;
- Reduction of water use to best practice levels in 3 jointly selected catchments;
- Implementation of water standards (third-party verification) for 70% of volume from high water risk countries.
- Implementation of jointly approved social third-party verification, to at least 90% of volume coming from high- and medium-risk countries by 2025.
- Taking a first step in improving Living Wages or Living Income, by analysing living wage and living income gaps in one of their supply chains and if possible, also making a commitment towards reducing these gaps.
- Implementing robust Human Rights and Environmental supply chain due diligence policies and processes according to OECD and UN Guidelines.
- Jointly and individually reporting on risks and progress on an annual basis from 2022 onward.
The Sustainability Initiative Fruit and Vegetables (SIFAV) was launched in 2012, as a result of the collaboration of 13 Dutch companies and under the umbrella of IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative. SIFAV’s mission is to drive 100% sustainable trade of fruits and vegetables for the European market. Since its foundation SIFAV has grown into a pan-European initiative with partners from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Currently, SIFAV unites 25 companies (and counting), among them retailers, brands, traders, civil society organizations and other supporting parties.