As an agricultural organization, we feel a direct connection with nature and the environment. The potato also meets the increasing demand for a healthy, sustainable food source. Agrico is committed to food security and food safety through the cultivation of potatoes, and specifically through developing innovative potato varieties and enhancing and establishing sustainable potato value chains around the world.
We believe that excellent growth is possible for everyone. Our organization is structured as a cooperative in order to support the interests of farmers. We feel sincerely involved with the needs and interests of our customers, and to this end, we commit to supplying high-quality potato varieties and sound, expert advice to further increase the certainty of a great harvest. Naturally, we comply with the applicable legislation and regulations at all times in everything we do.
Our CSR policy reflects who we are and the way we want to live and work together with respect for people, the environment and society. We have incorporated this into our strategic goals based on five pillars that align with the international United Nations CSR themes and the interests of our stakeholders.
The potato is by nature a highly sustainable crop due to its low water consumption and the high yield relative to the soil area in which it is cultivated. Agrico is utilizing a sustainable breeding program to work on expanding the cultivation possibilities (including in challenging agricultural areas), and further enhancing quality. This results in more cultivation options, increased yield per hectare for the farmers, and a substantially lower risk of crop failure. In turn, this contributes directly to ensuring global food security.
We are working very deliberately towards reducing our environmental footprint. For example, we are making use of cleaner trucks and more inland shipping in order to decrease the CO2 emissions associated with our transport movements. We have already halved the energy consumption of our greenhouse complex and we work with a compensation plan to mitigate our air travel.
Thanks to our sustainable breeding program, we are developing potato varieties with natural resistances that correspondingly reduce dependence on crop protection products.
Excellent growth is fair growth, and that’s why we encourage a fair price for all. We increase farmers' incomes by increasing the yields per harvest, significantly reducing the risk of crop failure and developing sustainable potato value chains. This creates value that benefits everyone in the potato chain.
Our employees share a passion for potatoes that drives their work on developing better varieties, exploring new markets and growing as an organization. We encourage a sustainable sense of collaboration throughout the entire potato value chain, and we are committed to the health and sustainable employability of our staff. After all, growth starts with people.
We are dedicated to improving food security through means such as independent certification, cultivation protocols and stress testing. Our breeding objectives guide us in developing sustainable, innovative varieties that further enhance the nutritional value of the potato as a food source. We record everything we learn about and from potato cultivation, and share this information in the potato value chain wherever possible.
The aim of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is to change and improve the world and make it sustainable. At Agrico, we call this Excellent Growth. Excellent growth is fair growth for everyone. The five pillars of our CSR policy are embedded in our strategy and linked to eight of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Rob de Wijk started our symposium by appealing for a broad perspective on global food systems, including having geopolitics as the foundation of trade agreements and a fundamental change in our – Dutch and EU - current foreign policy mindset. Pursuing strategic dependencies in foreign policy, instead of the current value-based approach. Hereafter we will summarise his analysis and calls to action.
Agrico is committed to food security and food safety through the cultivation of potatoes, and specifically through developing innovative potato varieties and enhancing and establishing sustainable potato value chains around the world. Agrico utilizes a sustainable breeding program to work on expanding the cultivation possibilities (including in challenging agricultural areas), and further enhancing quality. We are working very deliberately towards reducing our environmental footprint. For example, we are making use of cleaner trucks and more inland shipping in order to decrease the CO2 emissions associated with our transport movements. Excellent growth is fair growth, and that’s why we encourage a fair price for all. We promote sustainable cooperation within the entire potato value chain and we are committed to improving food safety through independent certification and extensive quality assurance.
If you have any specific questions or would like to know what Agrico can do for you with respect to corporate social responsibility, please feel free to contact us.