Food and Agriculture

By 2050, global food supply chains will need to feed more than nine billion people in a safe and sustainable manner. Retailers, businesses and growers in agri-food supply chains are facing the challenge of increasing production while safeguarding natural resources and protecting the rights of workers. Soft and hard regulations such as the Farm to Fork Strategy of the European Union are also a driving force behind the strengthening of sustainability requirements in the production and import of food.

About a quarter of amfori members are active in food supply chains. By strengthening their due diligence practices, they have the opportunity to create real impact.  

Today, retailers and importers that join amfori can benefit from robust  due diligence tools to monitor and improve  human rights and environmental risks throughout their food supply chains. Partnerships with other schemes limit audit fatigue and duplication of efforts. The collaborative approach enabled by amfori’s Sustainability Platform and other tools means greater leverage to remedy adverse business practices and generate positive impact.

Our Tools

 
Together with our members, we are designing solutions to drive robust  due diligence practices from point of sale to farm level.
 
Food supply-chains require particular attention for risks related to agricultural activities. 
 
Multi-tier audits allow amfori members to get detailed insights into the risks and practices beyond their first-tier suppliers. By including farms in the audit of a food processor or supplier, companies are better equipped to understand, report, and remediate the prominent issues in their supply-chains.
 
Members contribute to this work through consultations and pilot projects that take place in the dedicated Project Group (members only). Our work involves:
 
  • Supply chain mapping including primary production
  • Monitoring of farms 
  • Technology-driven solutions to improve risk assessment and drive performance improvements
  • Integration of social and environmental due diligence tools
  • Sector specific guidelines and programmes
  • Dedicated learning through our amfori Academy 
 

Sector-Specific Focus:

 

Sustainable Wine 

amfori BSCI’s Food Programme has been designed to include the diversity of the wine industry's social challenges through a unified approach to farm sustainability.

Through this programme,  companies active in the wine chain are equipped  with the necessary tools to efficiently address prevalent labour challenges, such as the protection of young workers and women, seasonality, freedom of association, injuries at the workplace and protection of the environment.

Check out our publications on the wine industry: 

An overview of the Argentinian wine industry

Environmental Hotspots in the Chilean Wine Industry

Environmental Hotspots in the Italian Wine Industry

Environmental Hotspots in the South African Wine Industry

Sustainable Aquaculture 

Aquaculture has grown exponentially over the last 50 years and so have related, social and environmental risks. The amfori food programme is dedicated to support members in improving social compliance in their fisheries activities, through partnerships and sector-specific references.

Check out our publications on the Aquaculture sector :

A deep-dive into the Aquaculture Industry

Social Hotspots in the Aquaculture Industry

Environmental Hotspots in the Aquaculture Industry

Environmental Hotspots in the Canned Food Industry

The canned food industry is worth billions and is set to grow in the next few years. Here we take a critical look at some of the environmental issues of this industry.

Environmental Hotspots in the Canned Food Industry

 

Partnerships