"Greenyard published its fourth Sustainability Report and introduced its Sustainability Roadmap for 2025. The company’s approach for the coming years is built on three key pillars and includes a new ambitious set of commitments, enabling it to further accelerate its sustainability journey."
"The impact of climate change is undeniable. More than ever before, we are confronted with extreme weather conditions, droughts, heat waves and declining biodiversity. Yet, everyone can directly, and easily, contribute to a more sustainable food value chain. If we want to continue feeding the world’s growing population, while respecting the natural boundaries of our planet, a shift towards a more plant-based diet is the only way forward."
Three pillars to improve life
Greenyard’s Sustainability Roadmap is built on three pillars that are crucial to create more sustainable food value chains and it is crafted around the concept that is unique to Greenyard: connecting fork to field.
Matching demand with supply is key. Everything starts with the consumer demand – what people want to eat, how, where, and when. Greenyard managed to create an unprecedented approach, turning around the classical trading system based on pushing crops into the market, and transforming it into jointly established production plans, together with its customers (large retailers and food service companies) and growers.
This results in optimised supply and a route to market that is as short and efficient as possible. It is quintessential to the Greenyard Sustainability Roadmap, and the three pillars that serve as its foundation:
1. Building sustainable food supply chains – ensuring the highest environmental and social standards
This means good and fair working conditions for all workers in our value chain, while taking good care of our planet. Greenyard only sources products from growers who work according to its high quality, environmental and social standards.
2. Improving Greenyard’s own environmental footprint – working towards a lower carbon and water footprint
Fruit and vegetables have an exceptionally low carbon footprint and lower water consumption compared to other food categories. Still, Greenyard continuously works on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting water footprint, throughout the entire value chain.
3. Teaming up with its customers – promoting healthy and sustainable food concepts
Only by teaming up with its customers, and connecting them to its growers, Greenyard can make a real difference. It starts with its plant-based food offering: together with its customers Greenyard can provide consumers with healthy fruit and vegetables. Through innovative convenience products in fresh, frozen or prepared form the company ensures that a healthy diet is an easy and accessible choice, for all. Also, thanks to its unique “fork to field” approach, and the unique integrated customer model it applies, Greenyard can ensure a very low percentage of food waste in the entire food value chain.
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