Priority Areas

Our 10 priority areas will help us achieve the 3 desired outcomes for our Purpose to Re-imagine Global Agriculture and Food Systems, where prosperous farmers and farming systems co-exist with thriving communities and healthy eco-systems.

They are also aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Planetary Boundaries as identified by the Stockholm Resilience Centre. 

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, always seeking to understand the potential risks and opportunities that an action in one area can have in several others.

We also 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 4.7 million farmers in our supply chains. As they were expanded from 7 to 10 in 2017, goals and targets are currently being reviewed. For latest progress, please refer to the 2017 Annual Report and our 2017 GRI Report.

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