It is important to remember, however, that many issues cannot be tackled in silos. In a smallholder landscape, climate change may impact on water availability and farmer livelihoods. In a processing facility, labour standards can impact on food safety. This is why Olam takes ‘a landscape’ approach, seeking to understand the potential risks and opportunities that an action in one area can have in several others.
We listen to the opinions of stakeholders who include customers, communities, NGOs, Development Finance Institutions and banks, foundations, shareholders and employees. In turn, this leads to collaborations and partner programmes that enable us to scale positive impact more quickly and with greater reach than we could achieve alone.
Our 10 priority areas apply to both our direct operations (farming, processing, offices etc.) as well as our indirect operations, namely our third-party sourcing through the estimated 4.8 million farmers in our supply chains. To see our targets and progress,, please refer to the 2018 Annual Report and GRI Report.