Under each of our programme pillars, we prioritised the most material issues for Kerry Group and its stakeholders and have carefully examined the ways in which we can lessen our impacts and create value. Under each pillar we set measurable, time-bound commitments for continuous improvement over a five year period.
2019 Key Highlights
Working With Others
As we work to further embed sustainability within our organisation, we are actively engaged in dialogue with others. In developing our programme we spoke with those impacted by what we do, both inside and outside the organisation. This allowed us to identify the most material issues, to refine our approach and to focus our attention on those critical areas of impact.
This type of engagement continues to be an essential part of our work. As a predominantly B2B business, we are particularly attuned to the needs of our customers and are in continuous dialogue with them and other members of our stakeholder community.
However, we realise that the broader challenges presented by sustainability are too large and complex for any one organisation to tackle alone. Issues such as food security, protection of human rights and deforestation all demand a more holistic approach. Kerry Group is committed to working with industry partners and has engaged in a number of multi-stakeholder initiatives to help drive improvement across the industry. Some of these include Origin Green, the Sustainable Spices Initiative, SAI Platform and Tropical Forest Alliance 2020.
Kerry Group’s Sustainability Council was established under delegation from the Board of Directors. Its membership includes functional leadership from across the Group and its role includes the assessment of sustainability risks and opportunities, determining how best these can be addressed and appraisal of ongoing Group performance versus our stated targets.
In 2019, the membership of the Council was revised to include Executive Directors and members of the executive committee. This senior management team was closely involved in guiding the development of a new sustainability programme and has responsibility for its integration within the broader business. Chaired by the Group’s Head of Sustainability, the Council continues to report at least annually to the Board.