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
- yourharvest and 100% of its employees and suppliers are committed to our Business Code of Conduct & sign the Compliance and Anti-Corruption Policy.
- Empowering all employees to become sustainability ambassadors and actively contribute to our sustainability strategy.
- Joining and being actively involved in at least three additional relevant networks for sustainability and fair trade.
- 90% of the factories belonging to our producers in risk countries have a sustainability audit to ensure compliance with social & environmental standards.
- Thanks to an increase in the volume of direct procurement, sales with Southern partners will raise from 45% to over 65%.
- Annual investment of 5% of the EBTs to promote sustainability in the countries of origin in collaboration with our partners.
- Increase in sustainably certified products from a proportion of 50% to over 65%.
- Every year we visit our partners & projects in the origin together with five customers.
- Increase customer satisfaction by expanding services according to customer segments.
- 100% offsetting of operational CO2 emissions and measures to reduce the footprint by 20%.
- Sales with CO2-neutral products of 10%.
- Waivinge of air transport and compensation, if air freight cannot be prevented in exceptional cases.
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 Sommer 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 was to reduce them.
By promoting organic farming and the associated abandonment of chemical synthetic fertilisers and other toxins, we help to protect ecosystems.