Background
PILLAR 1 Environmental Stewardship

Introduction


 

Natural resources must be respected and protected. As a company in the agricultural sector, a healthy soil is our greatest asset. To contribute to responsible use of the earth's resources, we focus on:

  • Developing potato varieties that score better in terms of sustainability;
  • Reducing transport kilometers by promoting 'local for local' cultivation, amongst other activities;
  • Taking more responsibility in the chain.
     

 

     

Theme - development of sustainable potato varieties
     

Material aspect

Ambition 2020

Result 2016/2017

     
Develop new varieties with high yield and low input. Giving customers insight into which varieties to use for the sake of sustainability under specific conditions.

Various clones with broad nematodes* resistance package in positioning and introduction.
Successful salt test: Sagitta and Sifra.

     
  Development of a measurement method to determine sustainability indicators for different varieties. Project group established for the development of a plan of action.
     


Theme - chain responsibility
     

Material aspect

Ambition 2020

Result 2016/2017

     
Selecting growers with sustainability program.

25% of seed potatoes cultivated in a sustainability program.

Evaluation of current certification program for review of policy. Establishment of working group with regard to improved sustainability of growers.
     
  Increase yield and reduce impact and waste in the chain. Organisation of grower meetings in NL: 2015-2017 topic of storage.
Investing in innovative sensor technology (Solentum).

 

     


Theme - reducing negative impact distribution
     

Material aspect

Ambition 2020

Result 2016/2017

     

Optimisation of transport of seed potatoes.

Reduction of transport km per truck and more transport by inland vessel transport.

Increase from 400 containers in 2014 to 1,000 containers in 2017.

Working group set up to optimise transport.

 

     
  Selecting transport companies with a sustainability program. Working group set up to optimise transport.
     

Local for local seed potato cultivation in European countries where HZPC produces seed potatoes.

For each European seed potato producing country: from 82% (2010) to 83% (2016/17) locally cultivated and supplied. In line with 2016/17 objective: 83%.
     
* (nematodes = potato cyst nematodes)