At the two last general Sustainable Food Lab (SFL) and SAI Platform meetings, food and beverage companies discussed the need for greater collaboration in regions that are important for sourcing. Along with accelerating addressing water risks, such pre-competitive collaborations have the potential to: promote sustainable agricultural methods; align sustainable sourcing programs across multiple crops; improve engagement with processors, traders, and farmers; and achieve landscape level impacts.
To these aims, SAI Platform and SFL launched the “Joint Water Risk Assessment and Mitigation” project in June 2014.
The project is articulated around two main phases.
• Phase one: mapping sourcing information from founding companies and additional experts; identifying regions with a high degree of water risk, overlapping company interests and likelihood that collaboration might make a difference, including possible existing initiatives to build on.
• Phase two: implement joint mitigation efforts in selected regions.
Six companies took part in phase one of the project: AB Inbev, Mars, Nestle, Pepsico, SAB Miller and Unilever.
At the end of phase one, three regions have been identified as possible places for joint mitigation action: Central Mexico; central Valley of California, USA; and potentially along the Ganges river in India.
Before starting phase two, we are now exploring the interest of other key companies and groups in these regions. We’d love to hear from you at the end of the webinar!
Speakers: Emeline Fellus, SAI Platform; Elizabeth Reaves and Hal Hamilton, SFL; Ezgi Barcenas and John Rodgers, AB Inbev.
Only members' webinar.