Core Issues & Areas of Action

Key issues and areas of action

At AGRANA, we base our sustainability efforts on the ISO 26000 guidelines and the reporting standard of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Based on this, together with our stakeholders, we defined key issues and areas of action along the entire value-added chain.

Environmental and social
aspects in the sourcing of
agricultural raw materials

Product responsibility and
sustainable products

Environmental and energy
aspects of production

Compliance and
business conduct

Labour practices and
human rights of employees

 

Key sustainability aspects

In a so-called materiality analysis, we assessed the environmental, social and economic impacts of individual  sustainability aspects of AGRANA's business activities and asked our stakeholders to evaluate their significance for their assessment.

As part of a revision of the materiality analysis in the 2017|18 financial year, the AGRANA sustainability core team assessed the environmental, economic and social impacts of individual sustainability aspects of AGRANA's business activities. The AGRANA Group's most significant impacts overall arise in the area of environmental and energy topics, as a result of its value-added processing of agricultural raw materials, which is energy-intensive especially in the Sugar and Starch segments. However, within the Fruit segment, due to the global scale of its raw material sourcing, the highest impacts are those of the supplier operations from which AGRANA procures its fruit.
 
In order to evaluate the significance of the cited sustainability topics for the assessment of the Group by external and internal stakeholders, AGRANA commissioned a survey of representative stakeholders, using a structured questionnaire. For the stakeholders the issues of product safety, compliance with legal requirements, workplace safety, and energy consumption and emissions were, on average, the highest priority across all business segments. Only stakeholders of the globally operating Fruit segment saw the topic of environmental and social criteria in procurement as being more significant. They expect AGRANA to implement uniformly high standards both in its own product value chain and its supply chain. This applies particularly to suppliers’ use of sustainable agriculture practices that employ energy and water efficiently and to suppliers’ compliance with the social criteria of the AGRANA Code of Conduct. The stakeholders surveyed regarded the issue of “social engagement and stakeholder inclusion” as having very little significance. In the future it will therefore no longer be considered a material topic.