Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform


Name of initiative Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform
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NAZCA Initiative No
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Starting year 2002
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Secretariat SAI Platform Office, Avenue des Nerviens 9-31, 1040 Brussels, Belgium, Tel. +32 (0)2 500 87 57, E-mail:
Organisational structure Permanent secretariat,
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform
Type of lead organisation Business
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Belgium


Description In 2002 Nestlé, Unilever and Danone created SAI Platform, a global food industry initiative with over 40 members aimed at supporting the development of sustainable agriculture worldwide. SAI Platform involves all food chain stakeholders willing to play an active role in the development and implementation of sustainable agricultural practices. The SAI Platform collects and develops knowledge on sustainable agriculture, which it communicates to all interested parties. SAI Platform members share the same view on sustainable agriculture seen as "the efficient production of safe, high quality agricultural products, in a way that protects and improves the natural environment, the social and economic conditions of farmers, their employees and local communities, and safeguards the health and welfare of all farmed species".
Objectives The overall aim of SAI Platform is to support the development of sustainable agriculture worldwide. This is done through a series of activities articulated around two main axes:

1) Building capacity on sustainable agriculture - based on research and development activities undertaken by SAI Platform itself, its members and other relevant stakeholder groups 2) Communicating about sustainable agriculture - towards food industries as well as all food chain stakeholders.

Activities Examples of such work include:

Developing principles and practices for the sustainable production of arable and vegetable crops, coffee, dairy and fruit. Testing these best practices through pilot projects in Africa, America, Asia and Europe. Benchmarking these principles and practices against the guidelines and recommendations from all major schemes and initiatives. Compiling practical tools for farmers to successfully implement sustainable practices. Developing a Sustainability Performance Assessment tool, for self-assessment or external assessment of sustainable agricultural practices. Making most of SAI Platform's activities, findings and publications accessible to all on this website. Holding annual conferences on sustainable agriculture: Brussels in 2007 and 2010, Washington in 2009. Providing a two-day executives training on rolling out sustainability in the food chain“ which was co-developed with the renowned executives training center IMD.

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Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Technical dialogue, Capacity building
Activity of initiative Knowledge production and innovation, Training and education, Knowledge dissemination and exchange
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Participants Number Names
Members 123  
Companies 123 ABSugar (United Kingdom),ABP Food Group (Ireland),ACOR (Spain),ADM (Germany),AGRANA (Germany),Agrarfrost (Germany),Agraria (Brazil),Agrifirm (Netherlands),Agro Elementare Sud (Italy),Agroterra (Russia),Ahold Delhaize (Netherlands),AIJN (Belgium),Algoma Orchards (USA),California Almonds (USA),Andriani (Italy),ARLA (Denmark),Barilla (Italy),Barry Callebaut (Netherlands),Beef+Lamb (New Zealand),BiOS$S (Netherlands),Bonduelle (France),Boortmalt (Netherlands),Bord Bia (Ireland),Brooks Grain (USA),Bunge (Netherlands),C.THYWISSEN (Germany),CARBERY (Ireland),Cargill (USA),Cayuga Marketing (USA),CIO (Italy),Citrosuco (Brazil),Coca Cola (USA),Royal Cosun (Netherlands),CROP'S (Belgium),Cutrale (Brazil),Dairy Australia (Australia),DAKOFO (Denmark),Danone (France),Dawn Meats (Ireland),DeLaval (Sweden),Diageo (United Kingdom),DÖHLER (Germany),Dupont (France),Ebro Foods (Spain),ECKES Granini (Germany),EDEKA (Germany),EURICOM (Italy),FARM FRITES (Netherlands),Ferroro (Italy),Firmenich (Switzerland),Fonterra (New Zealand),Friesland Campina (Netherlands),Grain Farmers of Ontario (Canada),Givaudan (France),Glanbia (Ireland),Griffith (USA),Grunewald International (Germany),HAAS (USA),Heineken (Germany),Hilton Food Group (United K.),Holland Malt (Netherlands),Hopsteiner (Germany),IMPORTACO (Spain),INALCA (Italy),Ingredion (USA),Innovation Center for US Diary (USA),Interbev (France),Intersnack (Germany),Kalsec (USA),Kelloggs (USA),KEPAK (Ireland),KERRY (Ireland),Keurik DR Pepper (USA),Lamb Weston (USA),Lely (United Kingdom),LMC (United Kingdom),LDC (Switzerland),Lousiana Sugar Refining - LSR (USA),Marks and Spencer (United Kingdom),MARS (USA),McCain (Canada),McKormick (USA),McDonald (USA),MIGROS (Switzerland),MCI Miritz (Germany),Molkerei Ammerland (Germany),Moy Park (USA),Muntons (United Kingdom),Nestle (Switzerland),Netafim (Israel),Nomad Foods (United Kingdom),Nordzucker (Germany),Oatly (Sweden),Ocean Spray (USA),OP Esperidio (Spain),Orkla (Norway),OSI (USA),PepsiCo (USA),Prodalin Group (Netherlands),Pure Circle (USA),Quality Meats Scotland - QMS (United Kingdom),rb (United Kingdom),Rahr Malting (Canada),Gallo (Italy),Roquette (France),Sodiaal (France),S.P. (Italy),Starbucks (USA),Sucden (France),Südzucker (Germany),Surexport (Spain),SVZ (Netherlands),Symrize (Germany),TB Fruit (Ukraine),Tereos (France),TESCO (United Kingdom),Unilever (Netherlands),Viking Malt (Sweden),Vion (Netherlands),Viresol (Hungary),Wernsing (Germany),The Western Sugar Company (USA),Yakima Chief HOPS (USA).
Business organisations 0
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Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
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Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 14 August 2020 12:32:36

Not only have national states as participators