Sustainability Agenda

Sustainability Agenda

Fairfood’s sustainability agenda comprises of 26 issues that outline our holistic approach to sustainability, addressing the social, environmental and economic issues that arise in the food industry nowadays. All of these issues are based on international conventions, agreements, and norms.

Social, environmental and economic issues

Fairfood’s corporate engagement is based on our Sustainability Agenda. In our Agenda we highlight the most pressing issues that must be solved in each of the pillars to improve sustainability in the food industry. We address human rights and labour conditions on the social pillar, ecosystem management and harmful practices on the environmental and to finish with, policies and harmful economic practices.

Our agenda is based on international agreements, norms and conventions, which outline the responsibilities and requirements for stakeholders throughout the industry. By doing this, we maximize the legitimacy of what we ask of companies and thereby minimize any discussions that would delay companies taking action.

Our agenda in detail:

Fairfood Sustainability Agenda 2013

Human Rights Ecosystem management Policies and infrastructure
Forced Labour Air pollution Market Distorting Subsidies
Discrimination Water Mismanagement and Contamination Discriminatory Standards
Child labour Soil degradation Lack of Access to Financial Services
Lack of Freedom of Association Degradation of Natural Ecosystems Insufficient Market-related Infrastructure
Violation of Land Rights Unfair Import Tariffs and Quotas
Restricted Access to Natural Resources
Labour conditions Harmful practices Practices
Unhealthy and Unsafe Working Conditions Harmful Agricultural Practices Abuse of Dominant Position
Unreasonable working hours Harmful livestock rearing and acquafarming practices Tax Avoidance
Insufficient income and income insecurity Unclear Agreements
Precarious work Corruption
Unfair buying practices

Problems and solutions

With our sustainability agenda as a starting point, Fairfood studies many different food sectors. This varies from cocoa to palm oil and from shrimps to sugar. We analyse facts and information on trade and sustainability on all the different links in the production chains of these commodity sectors. Each commodity has a set of Major Chain Issues. These issues are the most pressing problems in each sector according to Fairfood, extracted from the wider scope of our sustainability agenda. For more information check the Food Issue Map.

It is important to bear in mind that there are many successes and examples of products that have been produced in a more sustainable manner. Fairfood is constantly researching and assessing such positive initiatives. We define sustainability solutions as initiatives that are successful in addressing social, ecological and economic sustainability issues in agro-food production, sourcing, processing or supply.