The Global Goals For Sustainable Development
Strategic Building Blocks
Total Produce recognises the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as the international blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. We share the UN’s ambition to address the global challenges we collectively face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. We work with stakeholders across the fresh produce supply chain to pursue these goals and have formulated our Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability policies and practices around the framework and principles upon which they are based.
Our Approach To Pursuing UN Sustainability Goals
Total Produce is wholly committed to the pursuit of the UN’s 17 Sustainability Goals collectively.
However, with a view to focusing our resources to maximum effect, in Total Produce, we have targeted four goals; one as our “pillar” goal and three as priority goals across 2019 and 2020.
Goal 3, promoting “Good Health and Well-Being” speaks to the very core of what we do in Total Produce. As such, it is our permanent, “Pillar” UN Sustainable Development Goal. Specifically, provision 3.4 targets a one third reduction in Non- Communicable Diseases; Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes or Chronic Respiratory Disease by 2030. The contribution fresh produce consumption makes in reducing the risk of non-communicable disease is widely recognised and every day, across all of our global operations, we work tirelessly to promote the integration of fresh fruits and vegetables into a balanced diet and inspire consumers to make the healthy choices which can contribute to the fight against NCD’s.
Priority Goals across 2019/20
Goal 12; Responsible Consumption and Production and specifically clause 12.6.1, encourages companies to adopt sustainable practices and integrate sustainability data into their reporting cycle and has given rise to “Vision 20/20”, our Group-wide project on carbon consumption which is profiled on page 30. Vision 20/20 is also a necessary building block in our pursuit of
Goal 13; Climate Action and specifically its call for the implementation of measures to reduce carbon consumption and mitigate our impact on climate change. Our efforts to remove, reduce, recycle, replace and reuse plastics as detailed on pages 58 to 60 illustrates our Group’s commitment to
Goal 14; promoting the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Oceans by limiting the damage caused by plastic packaging in our seas.