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Sustainability

Sustainability is embedded throughout our entire organisation. It starts with our producers and ends with consumers. From seeds to the consumer’s plate, there are many touch points where sustainable entrepreneurship is a factor.

‘PART OF A COLLECTIVE’

To safeguard the effectiveness of our operations, we focus on four of the seventeen pillars of the Sustainable Development Goals drawn up by United Nations. We believe that joining in on smart global activities is more effective than setting our own goals. Where possible, we set up our processes or make choices based on the following goals:

GOAL 1:
NO POVERTY
GOAL 2:
ZERO HUNGER
GOAL 8:
DECENT WORK & ECONOMIC GROWTH
GOAL 12:
RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION

These goals have several areas of focus. Per goal, we will explore one such area of focus in more detail to provide insight into our contribution to/vision on this goal.

GOAL 1: NO POVERTY

“No Poverty” within the United Nations. One of the pillars of this goal is social security, for which countries develop policies and supporting programmes to significantly improve the conditions on their national employment market and make it less fragile.

Olympic Fruit’s contribution:
As an (overseas) importer, it is important to us to emphasise the fact that all our growers and producers have environmental certifications (Global Gap) and that we work hard to safeguard the social aspects.
For that reason, we signed the “Sustainable Trade Initiative” covenant in 2012. As part of this covenant, Olympic Fruit has committed to purchasing fruit from social risk countries in regions such as Central and South America, Africa and Asia in a 100% sustainable manner from 2020. In addition to the Global Gap certification, these organisations must also have one or more social certifications, such as: BSCI, Fair Trade, ETI/ SMETA, Fair for Life, SIZA, SA8000 or Rainforest Alliance.

GOAL 2 : ZERO HUNGER

“Zero Hunger” within the United Nations. This goal focuses on the fair distribution of our global food production, from initial realisation to division.

Olympic Fruit’s contribution:
One of the goals is to increase production without compromising existing ecosystems. The Netherlands plays a leading role with regard to agricultural knowledge and expertise. We strive to connect our production partners with the right knowledge partners so they can do smart things together.

Wherever possible, we advise and assist our production partners to make their cultivation processes more efficient and effective, with respect for natural resources. In some cases, this takes the form of a certification, e.g. SKAL.

GOAL 8: DECENT WORK & ECONOMIC GROWTH

“Decent Work and Economic Growth” focuses on the stimulus of economic growth, employment opportunities and fair financial relationships.

Olympic Fruit’s contribution:
This goal is partly covered by the STI covenant (see Goal 1), but it is mainly focused on the wages of the producer’s production workers.
More and more often, producers’ prices are under pressure. This leads to production companies going out of business and countless jobs being lost. Olympic Fruit strives towards fair pricing practices, where everyone is paid a decent wage and equal growth can be realised.

GOAL 12: RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION

“Responsible Production and Consumption” focuses on cleaner production, reducing environmental pollution and safeguarding a green lifestyle.

Olympic Fruit’s contribution:
We mainly consider our contribution with regard to transport and packaging. The keyword here is “awareness.”
For this reason, we are proactively meeting with our partners – producers and buyers alike – to discuss ways to optimise our transport and make packaging materials more sustainable. We can do so by e.g. reducing the volume of packaging materials used, or eliminating the packaging entirely.