Sustainability

Sustainability

Future Forward - A path for a sustainable tomorrow

At Koppert, sustainability isn’t just a concept, it is part of who we are. Since our foundation, we have been on a path to make a positive impact on the world. Our approach involves providing products and knowledge that support the transition of farmers and growers toward sustainable agricultural practices. We offer sustainable alternatives to harmful chemicals and help reduce pollution. Fewer residues and reduced chemical usage yield significant benefits for social systems, thereby promoting environmental and social well-being, ultimately enhancing people's health. Additionally, we actively contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Our sustainability vision also includes operational improvements with the aim to become carbon neutral, consciously managing our energy use, and foster a socially responsible workplace. We aim to integrate sustainability seamlessly into our business, recognizing it as an essential part of long-term success.

To realize this vision, we’re embarking on a journey to enhance the coherence across all aspects of sustainability, ensuring that our contributions, progress, and impact are quantifiable, demonstrable, and transparent. Our commitment isn’t limited to our company alone; it extends to the broader influence on society. While our primary focus lies within horticulture and agriculture, we acknowledge our interconnectedness within the larger chain, where our actions leave a lasting impact. We aspire not only to contribute but also to ignite a broader sustainability movement, promoting a culture of learning and inspiration.

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Embracing sustainability brings value

In a world where the health of people and the planet are increasingly intertwined, the role of agriculture is paramount. It's not merely about producing crops; it's about fostering a relationship with nature to ensure a healthier, safer, and more productive future. This sentiment echoes through the words of Peter Maes, Chief Strategy Officer of Koppert, who emphasizes the importance of aligning business practices with sustainability goals.

Our Future Forward strategy and commitments

In today’s rapidly changing world, the need for sustainable agriculture has never been more pressing. Recognising our responsibility towards the environment, we are dedicated to cultivating practices that not only ensure the health of our planet but also safeguard the well-being of current and future generations. Our commitment to sustainability encompasses various facets, ranging from environmental stewardship, social responsibility and governance. By adopting a holistic approach, we can address key challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, and social equity, while simultaneously enhancing the resilience and productivity of our agricultural systems.

Environmental sustainability

Increasing our positive impact, reducing our negative impact

Social responsibility

Acting as a responsible employer, developing talents and supporting communities worldwide

Governance

Transparent, responsible and accountable

Environmental sustainability

Increasing our positive impact, reducing our negative impact

Social responsibility

Acting as a responsible employer, developing talents and supporting communities worldwide

Governance

Transparent, responsible and accountable

Future Forward Sustainability Strategy

Our contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

In our increasingly complex world, millions endure poverty, lacking essentials like food, healthcare, and clean water. Meanwhile, environmental challenges such as biodiversity loss, rising sea levels, and climate change loom large, threatening life on Earth. Amidst these challenges, we stand firm in our belief that businesses can bring positive change, with each of our employees playing a vital role in this endeavor.

Understanding the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, all 193 United Nations member states united under a transformative agenda: to revolutionise our world by 2030. This commitment is outlined in the form of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a blueprint for global sustainability.

We take pride in our contributions towards meaningful change within our sector.