Sustaining your supply chain is of strategical importance for your business and licence to operate, because having insight into the climate impact of your supply chains will make all risks and opportunities clear for you. As a producer taking the responsibility for these so called ‘Scope 3’ carbon emissions will be the norm in carbon disclosure. Furthermore, you can use your ‘circle of influence’ to drive sustainability through your supply chain and activate other companies to take their responsibility also.

  • Calculate and identifying all CO2 emissions in your supply chain, and especially the CO2 hotspots,  is an opportunity to realize significant reductions and save costs.
  • As a result you will see which suppliers are front runners and which are laggards in sustainability performance.
  • Assess risks and opportunities to identify priority ingredients or critical commodities to prioritize decarbonization actions and search for alternatives to be less vulnerable in the future.
  • Encourage your suppliers to reduce their carbon emissions; working together will be a win-win for both of you and more important… our planet. This is the way to accelerate to net zero globally. If  your suppliers don’t  want to go in a transition, you must consider more sustainable supplier and move  on.
  • Challenge the research and development department in your company leads to innovations with a lower climate impact and in realizing higher energy efficiency of your products and production facilities.
  • Looking around for sustainable initiatives can be effective and giving quick wins. For example, in transport and logistics there are some interesting initiatives; working together within your sector can also provide opportunities.
  • Facing investments? On a national and EU level, there are subsidies and ‘green loan’ opportunities which make substantial innovations possible.
  • If you source from countries around the equator, most of the time low- and middle-income countries, you can work with farms and plantations on reduction initiatives and insetting and give them the support they need to make the transition. Regenerative agriculture and carbon farming will also contribute to other SDGs such as SDG 13 (climate action). For example ‘Life on Land’, which fits in a responsible ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy.
  • Now it is the time to make your business travel and commuting policy more sustainable − it is a lot easier if you engage with your employees. Use the lessons your company have learned during Covid-19.

The case about Climate Neutral Certified Bananas is a nice example of a journey in reducing the Product Carbon Footprint of the bananas.