Corporate Social Responsibility
Royal Agrifirm Group wants to create value for customers and members in a sustainable manner through means of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The demand for food is growing due to increasing prosperity and a growing world population. Efficient and sustainable agriculture is a prerequisite for producing sufficient and healthy food.
CSR pillars and role in the value chain
Soon our sharpened CSR approach will be available on this page.
Sustainable raw materials
The world population is expected to grow to 9 billion people by 2050. This will lead to an increased demand for food, and exert greater pressure on the use of raw materials, water and the natural environment. We accept our responsibility by transparently making sustainable choices relating to raw materials, suppliers and crop growing regions. This way we provide a sustainable contribution to feeding the growing world population.
By 2020, we will have implemented our sustainable procurement policy for agricultural raw materials, based on regional risk analyses.
Production and logistics
Efficient processing of raw materials and smart logistics are high priorities for us. Our logistics produces emissions of greenhouse gases and particulate matter. Furthermore, plants use energy for the production of products and animal feeds. By investing in efficient production and logistics, we aim to decrease the energy consumed and the emissions produced by transport. This reduces the environmental and climate burden.
By 2025, we aim to improve our energy efficiency by 15% compared to 2015. The energy efficiency of our production sites will have increased by 15% in comparison to 2015.
Efficient raw materials
We supply products and services that produce better returns at farm level. Efficient production (‘more with less’) reduces the environmental burden of the agricultural and horticultural sectors. We aim to be a leader in this area by doing research into product innovations that help our members and customers achieve equal or higher production levels with less feed, fertilisers or crop protection agents.
By 2025, we will have developed sustainable agricultural practices that have the ability to reduce the environmental footprint of the production of animal and plant products by our customers by 15%.
Healthy plants, soil and animals for healthy people
Plants and animals with high natural resistance need fewer supporting substances such as crop protection agents and veterinary drugs. Our policy is focused on structurally using less agents of this nature, while still achieving good results.
By 2025, we will have developed sustainable agricultural practices. Key in this respect will be the greening of crop protection agents, including a significant increase in the share of low impact agents in the use of crop protection agents by our customers.
Contributing to a sustainable consumer supply
A focus on the environment and climate, and care for the welfare of humans and animals, are important social themes that affect the work of agricultural entrepreneurs. Chain cooperation enables them to produce foods efficiently and profitably, that help consumers eat more sustainably and healthier.
By 2025, we will be the main partner for chain parties in developing and testing new chain concepts.
Employees, the foundation for success
Expert and motivated employees are indispensable to the success of a company. We attract the best possible employees with excellent terms and conditions of employment, and excellent training and career development opportunities.
By 2020, we will have visibly developed leadership as one of the key success factors for our company. This manifests itself in various ways within the company, for example by means of a high rate of internal promotions. Royal Agrifirm Group creates a stimulating environment for its employees and invests in sound terms and conditions of employment, training opportunities and career.
Strategic CSR objectives & Materiality matrix
In 2016 we completed a materiality analysis. This analysis provides insight into the opportunities and challenges perceived by stakeholders relating to sustainability at Royal Agrifirm Group. In total, thirteen stakeholders from government, NGOs, processors, retail, academia, media, members/customers and our works council were interviewed.