Food & Beverage Asia Aug/Sep 2018

AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2018 FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA S ustainable initiatives used to be the nice-to-have, feel- good add-on that businesses could take on board when their budgets were on target and pro̬ts secure – only to cut them away again if short-term ̬nancial results fell short. Today, the food industry in Southeast Asia and the rest of the world has every reason to think otherwise: that sustainability is an integrated and necessary part of business success. In the 2018 GlobeScan Sustainability Leaders Survey, the highest ranking business is a multinational food company. Two more food companies are in the top ten. According to the survey respondents, companies like these are today’s corporate leaders. Their implementation of sustainable principles has long-term bene̬ts for the world, its people and business pro̬ts. Industry with Impact When you think about it, the fact that several food companies rank so highly is exactly how it should be. After all, food and the food industry represent 30%of all human-induced greenhouse gasses, and around 30% of the food we produce goes to waste. Whether you look at resource consumption, carbon emissions or human quality of life, the food industry has a major impact – from the producers of consumer goods to the suppliers of ingredients and other raw materials. So, while it is mainly the business-to- consumer companies that stand out in the GlobeScan survey, sustainable development is equally important to ingredient suppliers like DuPont Nutrition & Health. The objective is both to satisfy the demands of food manufacturers and to drive sustainability requirements further along the food value chain. For company employees, an ethical and environmentally friendly philosophy is also a highly motivating force. Live the Sustainable Vision Securing the future of the planet and su ̮ cient supplies of safe and healthy food for the growing population are established themes on the global agenda. In Southeast Asia, the ASEAN Vision 2000 has set the agenda for clean and green development since 1997. The vision was reinforced when the UN launched its 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) in 2015. According to the World Economic Forum, the SDGs present Southeast Asia with an unprecedented opportunity to live the vision. By encouraging companies to shift their focus from individual issues to a more multi-faceted approach, the SDGs provide a template for sustainable business development. a Good Food Business Feeds on Sustainability From nice-to-have to must-have, DuPont shares why sustainable business practices are becoming the food industry’s new best friend. By Dr. Mikkel Thrane , Global Sustainability Lead, and Mr. Niels Erik Larsen , Principal Dairy Application Specialist, DuPont Nutrition & Health As one of the world’s largest seaweed buyers, DuPont actively promotes sustainable harvesting and cultivating practices throughout the industry. (Image credit: DuPont) INGREDIENTS 23