We would like to introduce the work of the EU Beet Sugar Sustainability Partnership. Formed in 2013 as a coalition between EU beet growers (represented by CIBE), sugar producers (CEFS) and trade unions in the food and agriculture sectors (EFFAT), the Partnership exists to demonstrate sustainability throughout the beet sugar industry in the region. We would also like to invite you to join us for an important stakeholder roundtable in Milan on 9th September 2015.
We are now launching our first major project: the Good Practices. We developed the Good Practices to illustrate the sustainability practices in place in beet cultivation, sugar processing and our combined approach to social responsibility and dialogue with stakeholders. As we launch the Good Practices this month, we are encouraging our members, colleagues and collaborators to learn more about how we view our sustainability challenges and responsibilities, and how we are working to address the significant expectations our stakeholders have – for quality products, a sustainable and eco-efficient industry, and for responsible supply chains, to which we contribute every day, around the world.
Alongside the Good Practices, we have developed a range of additional documents and materials you might find helpful. The following tools are available, to meet the specific needs and interests you may have :
- Overview Brochure: A succinct explanation of our aims and objectives, and introduction to the Good Practices.
- Sustainability Review: An overview of our sector’s material impacts and issues with respect to sustainability, with a description of our approach to managing them.
- Issue Briefs: A set of in-depth, issue-specific backgrounders that explore a topic of key interest, how our industry affects it, and what we are doing about it. We currently have Issue Briefs available on soil and water.
- Good Practices handbook: The full, detailed Good Practices – complete with dozens of illustrative case studies and links to relevant European legislation – are available online.
In September, we will convene a roundtable of experts, partners and stakeholders to discuss, debate and feed back on the Partnership and the Good Practices, and we would be delighted if you would agree to join us on 9th September. This event will be hosted by DG Agri in the EU pavilion at Expo 2015, in Milan.
Please do let us know whether we can answer any questions you might have at this stage – whether about the Partnership, the Good Practices, or the roundtable. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.