SVZ pledges 100% sustainable sourcing by 2030
Fruit and vegetable ingredients supplier SVZ has announced its commitment to 100% sustainable sourcing by 2030 by signing the Sustainable Juice Covenant.
The Sustainable Juice Covenant is a global initiative, coordinated by IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, and supported by AIJN, the European Fruit Juice Association.
It aims to make the sourcing, production and trade of fruit and vegetable-derived juices, purees and concentrates completely sustainable by 2030.
SVZ has vowed to reach its target of 75% sustainable sourcing by 2025 before the ultimate goal of 100% by 2030.
Jobien Laurijssen, sustainability manager at SVZ, states, “In order to achieve the formal targets outlined, we have already invested heavily in additional resources within our sustainability and agronomy teams. However, this is not something we can do alone and driving sustainability through the whole supply chain needs collaboration.
“Through this commitment, we aim to support our customers in their sustainability targets while also creating stability for our growers and setting up long-term projects that can make a real difference.”
Prior to this, SVZ’s sustainability initiatives have included investing in a training programme that has promoted best practise among over 3000 farmers and water management initiatives.
SVZ is also an active member of both the SAI Platform and Sedex, and has achieved a gold EcoVadis ranking.