Step by step towards a sustainable future
We have developed a comprehensive sustainability strategy. It defines the principles by which we align our business activities and embrace sustainability in the following: business, sustainable procurement, product range & marketing and climate. These defined principles lead us into a more sustainable future.
The 2021-2024 sustainability strategy has 12 focus themes and
19 goals defined. The implementation of the goals is a continous improvement process, while monitoring and reporting on our progress. At yourharvest, the focus is strongly on sustainable procurement, as it is the most significant factor for us and has the greatest potential to make a difference.
OUR MOST IMPORTANT GOALS
- We are committed to ethical business practices. Our employees and suppliers sign the corresponding Code of Conduct.
- We empower our employees to make an active contribution to our sustainability commitment and thus become active sustainability ambassadors at work and in their private lives.
- We set up an ombudsperson's office and manage this point of contact for employees.
- We promote an optimal work-life integration of our employees.
- We join four relevant sustainability or fair trade networks.
- We map 100% of our suppliers and their supply chains.
- We promote traceability of raw materials back to the farm level.
- We ensure that 90% of our producers' factories in high-risk countries have a sustainability audit to ensure compliance with social & environmental issues.
- We annually invest 5% of the budgeted EBT to promote sustainability in the countries of origin with our partners.
- We evaluate projects, implement them with strategic partners and participate in their financing.
- We are establishing three new sustainable value chains in the Global South.
- We empower women along the entire value chain.
- We increase sales (kg) of sustainable products by 40%.
- We launch two sustainability projects in which customers actively participate.
- We increase sales (kg) in direct procurement with southern partners by 30%.
- We are developing a Scope 3 emissions reduction strategy.
- We are launching six climate-neutral products.
- We generate 5% (CHF) of our sales with climate-neutral products.
- We promote the sustainable transport of our products.
Yourharvest and the Sustainable Devleopment Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to ensure sustainable development at the economic, social and environmental levels, everywhere. The 17 goals were adopted by all UN member states in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the goals. This means that all member states must participate equally to solve the world’s most important challenges as a global community. The private sector is also assigned an important role in the implementation of the SDGs. We are aware of this and make our contribution with full commitment, together with our partners and customers.
We have a positive impact on the achievement of the following Sustainable Development Goals:
With recognized labels such as Fairtrade and UTZ/Rainforest or with social standards, we help to ensure that our partners and their employees are paid fairly to combat poverty.
With long-term partnerships on an equal footing, we ensure that we can do business sustainably and the small holders in the cooperatives have a secure income in order to combat hunger.
Besides supporting our employees in all forms of further education, we also promote continuous learning together with our project partners, for example through the Happy House Summer School or training for small holders.
With social standards, we ensure that factories are equipped with sanitation facilities and that clean drinking water is available. With the construction of the Happy House we were able to provide safe access to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities for many migrant families in Turkey.
We support our local partners with interest-free loans, enabling them to grow safely and sustainably. As a company, we set an example for human rights and against discrimination of all forms with our Code of Conduct, which must be signed by all employees and suppliers by 2024.
As a company, we have been focusing on sustainable procurement for years. For example, we rely on organic and Fairtrade certified supply chains.
We strive to reduce operational emissions and compensate with climate protection projects. In addition, we will analyse emissions along the value chain in the coming years and identify ways to reduce them.
By promoting organic farming and the associated abandonment of chemical synthetic fertilisers and other toxins, we help to protect ecosystems.