Goals will expand sustainability efforts for farmers, the land, communities and operations
Wilmington, Del., – June 1, 2020 – Corteva Agriscience announced today its 10-year commitments to advance sustainability throughout the global food system. The goals span a wide range of initiatives for farmers, the land, communities where employees and customers live and work, and in its own operations. Improvements in soil health, on-farm productivity, climate action, water stewardship, biodiversity, supply chain transparency and worker safety, among others, are included.
UK & Ireland Country Leader Adrian Gough said: “Today’s announcement further demonstrates the leadership role we are taking to support the agricultural industry to become more productive, sustainable and profitable.
“As a leading crop protection and seed manufacturer, we have a responsibility to play our part in preparing people and businesses for the future of food production and this huge programme of activity on sustainability will influence crucial areas of food production and land management both domestically and around the world.
“Last year we launched our Resilient and Ready programme with Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) which takes four farms from England and Scotland through a three-year programme to make them fitter for the future. This flagship programme of practical and professional improvement is a prime example of how Corteva UK & Ireland can bring these global goals to life at country level.
“Over the course of the next few months we will set out how we plan to implement these goals and we will focus on initiatives that will have a significant impact on farmers’ businesses across the UK & Ireland.
“We look forward to being able to share more details on that work in due course and will keep the agricultural industry fully updated on our progress as we move to a more sustainable and resilient future.”
Corteva Agriscience Chief Executive Officer James C. Collins, Jr said: “Our mission to lead the entire agriculture industry toward better, more sustainable outcomes across the world is more important now than ever.
“We believe there is no better time to commit to protecting and preserving the source of our food, and helping our communities thrive. We support those who provide for us all.”
The goals reflect the company’s size and scope, total percent focus on agriculture, and deep relationships with farmers and collaborators across the ag value chain, said Anne Alonzo, Corteva Agriscience SVP External Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer. “Sustainability is nothing new to Corteva. Our announcement today is simply our public commitment to 14 specific and measurable goals that will advance sustainability for farmers, protect our land and natural resources, improve our communities, and benefit our operations.
Corteva’s 10-year commitments will provide tools and training to help increase yield stability, optimize inputs, and improve climate resilience. Commitments to soil health, water stewardship, and biodiversity are also included. Corteva’s goals will champion and protect employees and people throughout the food system and the broader agriculture community. Within their business operations, the company is pledging to innovate sustainably, establish a climate strategy, use sustainable packaging, and increase their work sites’ sustainability efforts.
Corteva will report progress toward these goals through an annual sustainability report starting in 2021. For more information on the 2030 sustainability goals, visit sustainability.corteva.com.
The company’s 2030 sustainability goals include:
1. Provide training for 25 million growers on soil health, nutrient and water stewardship, and productivity best practices.
2. Help increase the productivity, incomes, and sustainable farming practices of 500 million smallholder farmers cumulatively through 2030.
3. Design, validate and scale management systems that will enable farmers to sustainably increase crop yields by 20% compared to 2020 as a baseline, while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% within cropping systems compared to 2020.
Goals to benefit the land:
4. Improve soil health on 30 million hectares of global agricultural land by 2030.
5. Support water stewardship advances in global agricultural production by 2030: Help accelerate improvement in nitrogen use efficiency across global agricultural land by 2030; and reduce water consumption while helping to increasing yields on 2.5 million hectares of seed production and water stressed agricultural land by 2030 compared to 2020.
6. Enhance biodiversity on more than 10 million hectares of grazing lands and natural ecosystems globally through sustainable management practices and habitat conservation by 2030.
Goals to benefit communities:
7. Protect the safety of people at Corteva facilities and those working in agriculture.
8. Empower women, enable youth, and engage communities around the globe where Corteva Agriscience employees and customers live and work, by 2030.
9. Volunteer one million employee hours to support people and communities around the world by 2030.
10. Leverage digital tools that enable farmers to create additional value through transparency in agriculture markets, food systems, and communities to increase supply chain transparency from farmers to consumers
Goals for the company’s operations:
11. Ensure every new product meets sustainability criteria by 2025.
12. Establish a climate strategy for scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions, including appropriate reduction targets by June 1, 2021.
13. Only use recyclable or reusable packaging by 2030.
14. Operate every site more sustainably through waste reduction, water conservation, and enhanced biodiversity.
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