Although the environmental impact from agriculture is increasingly clear, it plays a essential social and economic role and is vital for food security. Agricultural development is one of the most powerful tools to end extreme poverty and is central to ensuring we can feed a population of almost 10 billion people by 2050.
At Kerry, we want to ensure that 100% of our priority raw materials are responsibly sourced by 2030. In partnership with our suppliers, we will work to ensure decent livelihoods for farmers, promote practices that protect and regenerate vital ecosystems, and protect the rights of workers and communities throughout our value chain.
We will use a combination of certification and verification and where these mechanisms do not support the best path forward, we will work with supply partners and expert third parties to engage directly at farm level.
In addition, we will continue to work with suppliers and business partners across all categories to ensure our expectations on Human Rights and the treatment of workers and local communities are met.
Amid growing concern on biodiversity, we will support all efforts to end the loss of tropical forests and preserve areas of high conservation value. Having already committed to no deforestation across key supply chains by 2025, we will pursue certification for raw material categories linked with forest loss, including palm oil, paper, soy and meat.
We will also engage our supply base for commodities such as cocoa and coffee which also present a risk and explore the implementation of farm level programmes to support a better balance between agricultural production and the preservation of local biodiversity.