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Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform
The global food value chain initiative for sustainable agriculture
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Who We Are

The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform is the primary global food industry initiative for sustainable agriculture.

Our Vision

Implement secure and thriving agricultural supply chains and protect the earth's resources through widespread adoption of sustainable practices that deliver value to our members, farmers, farming communities, and consumers. 

Food companies and retailers are the largest purchasers of agricultural raw materials. To ensure a constant, increasing and safe supply of agricultural raw materials, these must be grown in a sustainable manner. In 2002 Nestlé, Unilever and Danone created the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, a non-profit organization to facilitate sharing, at precompetitive level, of knowledge and best practices to support the development and implementation of sustainable agriculture practices involving stakeholders throughout the food value chain.

SAI Platform today counts over 70 members, which actively share the same view on sustainable agriculture seen as "the efficient production of safe, high quality agricultural products, in a way that protects and improves the natural environment, the social and economic conditions of farmers, their employees and local communities, and safeguards the health and welfare of all farmed species". Members also jointly work on achieving SAI Platform’s 2020 Vision.

SAI Platform develops (or co-develops) tools and guidance to support global and local sustainable sourcing and agriculture practices. Examples of recently developed resources include: Practitioner’s Guide for Sustainable Sourcing; Recommendations for Sustainability Performance Assessment (SPA); and the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) 2.0

For a complete overview, see our homepage under SAI Platform Tools & Guidance.

Unique Characteristics:

  1. SAI Platform is the only global food industry initiative for sustainable agriculture.
  2. It seeks involvement from all food chain stakeholders willing to play an active role in the development, recognition and implementation of sustainable practices for mainstream agriculture.
  3. The initiative gathers and develops knowledge on sustainable agriculture, which it then shares with all interested parties to reach common understanding of the concept and of its long-term implications.
  4. It has an inclusive approach, taking into account any valuable initiatives and concepts, for instance elements from both integrated and organic farming, as far as they contribute to sustainable agriculture.
  5. It aims at developing sustainable agriculture for the mainstream agricultural produce through a continuous improvement process that allows for an easier and more flexible adoption by farmers, worldwide.

Click here to go to the governance page.

SAI Platform also has an Australian chapter.