First-of-its-kind agreement on sustainability data for farmers, processors, food manufacturers and retail brand owners
dsm-firmenich, the leading innovator in health, nutrition, and beauty, and Sustained, a SaaS sustainability company, are proud to announce their partnership to enable customers to report the farm-to-fork environmental footprint of food products containing animal proteins including eggs, meat, milk and fish.
This agreement, the first of its kind, allows farmers, processors, food manufacturers and retail brand owners to manage and communicate the sustainability of food production by leveraging dsm-firmenich’s Sustell™ service for capturing farm-level specific emissions data and Sustained’s platform to deliver product-level environmental life cycle assessments of consumer food products at scale.
One-third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from food production1. Companies along the food value chain are increasingly called upon to measure, report and reduce their environmental footprints because of their own sustainability commitments, regulatory requirements and consumer preferences.
Over 70% of consumers now consider sustainability as a primary driver in purchasing decisions2 creating a pressing need for transparent and reliable data on sustainability across the entire value chain.
David Nickell, Vice President of Sustainability & Business Solutions at dsm-firmenich, Animal Nutrition & Health said: “Connecting Sustell™ to the broader data ecosystem through multiple partnerships is key to unlocking the value of sustainability for our customers and the value chain. Our partnership with Sustained underlines our commitment to making this possible. We believe that an accurate, scalable and credible assessment of a product's environmental impact from farm to fork will help inform consumer choice and drive more sustainable food production. The combined platforms empower businesses to set achievable reduction targets, guide new product development, facilitate eco-labelling, and ensure compliance with evolving regulations based on real production data.”
Carl Olivier, co-founder & CEO at Sustained, adds: “Until recently, full Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for farm and food products has been an expensive, manual effort that exceeded the resource capacity of firms with hundreds or thousands of SKUs. With this partnership we make data management from farm to fork easier to manage and maintain at scale, bringing greater transparency that empowers more sustainable food production and consumption.”
1Crippa, M., Solazzo, E., Guizzardi, D. et al. Food systems are responsible for a third of global anthropogenic GHG emissions. Nature Food (2021).
2CGS. (2019). CGS survey reveals ‘sustainability’ is driving demand and customer loyalty. Retrieved from CGS website Survey Reveals Fashion and Apparel Sustainability Shopping Preferences | CGS (cgsinc.com).
As innovators in nutrition, health, and beauty, dsm-firmenich reinvents, manufactures, and combines vital nutrients, flavors, and fragrances for the world’s growing population to thrive. With our comprehensive range of solutions, with natural and renewable ingredients and renowned science and technology capabilities, we work to create what is essential for life, desirable for consumers, and more sustainable for the planet. dsm-firmenich is a Swiss-Dutch company, listed on the Euronext Amsterdam, with operations in almost 60 countries and revenues of more than €12 billion. With a diverse, worldwide team of nearly 30,000 employees, we bring progress to life™ every day, everywhere, for billions of people.
Sustell™ accurately measures your full environmental footprint and provides actionable insights on how to reduce your impact. Several years in development and continually updated, Sustell™ was developed in collaboration with key partners, including Blonk, recognized experts in the field of agri-food lifecycle analysis, as well as customers and users worldwide to reflect real-world needs of sustainable animal protein production. Sustell™ is an advanced platform and additional consultancy service as required, that utilizes farm-level data to simplify the complexity of measuring, validating and improving the environmental sustainability of animal protein – transparently, scientifically, farm by farm, production system by production system.
Sustained was founded with a clear vision to help individuals and businesses worldwide make decisions that help reduce impact on the environment. The Sustained SaaS platform helps food brand owners and manufacturers to more accurately assess their environmental impact from a product and value chain level. Using the insights gained they are able to identify impact reduction potential and act on this decisively. This allows for more transparency and communication to stakeholders and customers.
06 November 2023
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