‘Practicing What We Preach’ – Fairfood’s Social Responsibility

7 April 2015

At Fairfood International, we practice what we preach, and our approach to social responsibility is no exception. Indeed, our commitment to the organisation’s mission is reflected in our Social Responsibility Policy and Action Plan 2015-17, which was officially published on Tuesday 7 April 2015.

Seven key aspects of the Plan

1) We aim to improve relationships with those closest to us, including employees, donors, vulnerable food workers, partners, food and beverage companies, global citizens, the media, the Dutch government and governments in our global projects. We will frequently consult these parties to ensure that their needs and expectations are met.

2) Human rights are integral to what we do, so the rights of our stakeholders – from in-house volunteers to marginalised tomato pickers in Morocco – must be voiced and represented.

3) We must inspire food and beverage companies to behave more ethically. This demands exemplary due diligence from Fairfood internally. In addition to setting high standards ourselves, we also want to enforce firmer regulations that succeed in changing the policies and practices of the most influential companies in the food industry.

4) We wish to create a workplace in which our employees feel valued, by upholding conscientious labour standards that allow them to flourish.

5) Fairfood is environmentally friendly, thus trying to reduce its own impact and the footprint of the companies with which it deals. We champion sustainability and promote sustainable food practices within the global food supply chain.

6) Fairfood uses international conventions as guidelines. It reverts to legal scripture to defend its practices and, when necessary, goes beyond compliance to acknowledge its own responsibility.

7) Fairfood aims to lead the way for NGOs looking to broaden their social responsibility.

Enforcing the Plan

Fairfood now looks to turn policy into action. Specific tasks have been assigned to responsible parties within the company, which will be frequently reviewed by a Quality Assurance Manager and Social Responsibility Manager. The action plan is detailed and contains a list of 57 actions that have been prioritised. We will report annually on our progress using the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4.0 Sustainability Reporting Guideline to ensure transparency.