TOGETHER WE GROW
You are receiving this newsletter, because you are invited to the CG meeting of 12 June. This CG meeting will be built around the theme ‘Sustainability’. With this newsletter, we aim to bring you up to speed about the developments within the Cosun organization in the field of sustainability and warm you up, for the meeting in June.
We need your help to further develop our sustainability ambitions. The ambitions will be linked to the 3 pillars Sourcing & Agriculture, Environment and People. The program of the day is currently under construction, as is the choice of the venue. In one of our coming newsletters we will share more details of this day.
Since 2015 the Sustainability Platform has been working on bringing sustainability efforts of the different business together and formulating an overarching vision and approach. The group consists of representatives of the different groups: Frank van Noord, Coen de Haas, Willy van Oorschot, Jobien Laurijssen, Mark Huysman, Etiënne Geerts, Dick van Aart, Corine Kroft and is headed by Anouk ter Laak, CEO of SVZ.
The platform started small, just sharing ideas and great examples, but soon concluded that the similarity of the various businesses: all with agricultural roots and many with suppliers to the international food industry, gives potential to further professionalize our approach towards sustainability. And that’s exactly what happened the past year: a joint Cosun’s vision on Sustainability was formulated: Together we grow.
The vision brings focus in the broad field of sustainability. We focus on elements that we control and which are reflected in all our business groups. Our vision is built on 3 pillars where we can make the difference:
Environmental sustainability – because we can increase our efficiency in the chain while reducing our environmental impact and dependency on natural resources.
Sustainable sourcing & agriculture – because the future of our business depends on the long-term availability of safe and high quality agricultural crops.
Good stakeholdership – because we care for the people we employ, the consumers we feed and society we operate in.
Anouk: “Sustainability is such a broad theme, that with this vision and the formulation of our pillars, we have put the spotlight on the actual areas where we can make the difference. The next step will be to make it more tangible and formulate ambitions and commitments within the pillars. I truly believe that with our proven track record in the field of sustainability thus far, Cosun is well equipped to take sustainability to the next level. “
Cradle to cradle
Author: Braungard & William McDonough
Cradle to cradle
& William McDonough