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SUSTAINABILITY

A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS RELIES ON A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH

We maximise our monetary, social and environmental impacts to create win-win scenarios for surrounding communities

Amatheon’s core business relies on healthy ecosystems, strong rural communities and talented staff. As a company with large-scale commercial activities and links to domestic, regional and international markets, Amatheon Agri understands its impact on the environments and communities in which it operates. The company acts as an anchor investor to significantly uplift its surrounding community socially, environmentally and economically and withthis approach helps create healthy populations, empowered with business and life skills to continue developing their communities in a sustainable way.

Responsible agricultural investment is built on careful and transparent land acquisition and development. Amatheon does not engage in communal land and only works on privatized, titled land. The company carries out extensive due diligence on every piece of land that appears suitable for development. This due diligence involves public consultations with elders and communities, traditional and statutory representatives, formal and informal verification of ownership and thorough analysis of the land’s history. Only through the joint approval of Amatheon’s Legal, Farming and Sustainability executives, a land acquisition can take place.

Amatheon is actively engaged in operationalizing the leading frameworks for responsible agri-investments, such as the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI), Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment (PRAI), FAO and OECD’s guideline for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains and the Analytical Framework for Responsible Land Based Investments in African Agriculture. In September 2015, as the world adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Amatheon was pleased to see the explicit recognition of the Private Sector as a powerful partner to help achieve global development objectives. Amatheon is a proud partner of national and international NGOs and local non-profits in the area where it works.

Since 2015, Amatheon is a proud member of the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative – the United Nations Global Compact. Knowing that consumers are much more conscious of their product choices and brand ethics, companies are being held to account for their impact and commitments, and the call for global responsibility is getting louder, Amatheon Agri aligns its strategies and operations with the Compact’s universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Amatheon takes actions that advance societal goals and is becoming a leading example of responsible investment in agriculture.

Outgrower Programme

Social Responsibility

Environmental Enhancement

Our Partners for Social Impact

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Being a member of UN’s Global Compact Initiative, Amatheon strives to implement its ten principles
Partnering for the Outgrower Programme to significantly scale it up and expand to a new district
Co-financing training, trading and monitoring of the Outgrower Programme through the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft
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Supporting Amatheon to improve rural health care services and facilities in Mumbwa district
Supporting the training components of the Outgrower Programme and jointly implementing social projects
Supporting Amatheon to design, develop and monitor mutually beneficial commercial relationships with small-scale farmers in Zambia
Introducing environmentally-friendly technology to manufacture zero-carbon construction panels using Amatheon’s agricultural by-products
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Training small-scale farmers to improve productivity, soil protection and climate change resilience
Using Amatheon's Outgrower Network to buy cow peas from smallholder farmers to contribute to Zambia's national school feeding programme
Providing farming input loans to emerging farmers so they can successfully expand their businesses
Co-operating partners through the Inter Agency Working Group to implement the Principles of Responsible Agricultural Investment (PRAI)
Training farmer groups in conservation farming and business education and linking them to Amatheon's Outgrower network
ECO-Certification-Rouge
Internationally recognized inspection body for sustainable development to organically certify our smallholders