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

European Sugar Beet Project

SAI Platform launched the European Sugar Beet Project in 2013 as the only industry-driven group, that works in a precompetitive manner.

The aim was to create a more sustainable sugar beet industry and to become a leader and point of reference for sustainability in the industry. The uniqueness of the European Sugar Beet Project made it possible for competitors to work together, while simultaneously facilitating a greater working relationship with farmers to address issues involving the harmonisation of sustainability definitions and practices.

The project provided a setting for conducive conversations to be had between competitors that would not have occurred otherwise. Through these conversations, greater collaboration in the sugar beet industry was achieved and members were more easily able to reach their sustainability objectives.

Key Achievements

SAI Platform approached suppliers of beet sugar to join the project, in order to work together to develop a roll out plan for FSA with their farmer supply base. The aim is to use FSA to identify sustainability gaps, to support farmers in addressing these gaps and thereby becoming more sustainable, economically, socially and environmentally.

SAI Platform hosted a well-attended workshop in October 2014 in Brussels for participating SAI Platform members and other sugar suppliers, with the purpose to discuss possible implementation methodologies and address questions and concerns.

SAI Platform is providing support to companies carrying out benchmarking work as well as discussions with their farmers regarding the FSA roll out. SAI Platform hosted also a second workshop in Spring 2015, to further support the roll out of FSA in the European sugar beet supply chain.


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