What and why?
Internationally operating companies often have a positive effect on the economic, social, and environmental development along their supply chains. People earning decent incomes, social networks getting formed and environmental degradation being countered are examples of such positive impact. However, companies also attribute to adverse effects and negative impact on people, communities, animals, and the natural environment. Many companies are not properly aware of their adverse impact on their supply chains or do not pay sufficient attention to it.

It has become increasingly important for us to take due care of risks related to our business operations, and to diligently investigate adverse impact which we may cause or contribute to. Our company due diligence is supported by upcoming EU legislation.
Due diligence does not stop at our doorstep nor at its first tiers; we need to look at our complete supply chains up to the primary producers and related stakeholders. Subsequently, they are to take appropriate and proportionate action to prevent, mitigate, and remediate the identified risks and adverse impact involved. Action can be taken individually or collectively (e.g., as SIFAV member).

The due diligence involves practically all business relationships of our company; from its relations with employees, suppliers, buyers and end-consumers to owners, service providers, financiers, authorities, and (sub-)contractors etc. These relationships cover a wide range of impact areas, such as human rights, natural resources, community development, consumer interest, taxation, corruption, solicitation, bribery, and extortion.

OECD due diligence guidance
SIFAV in collaboration with IDH commissioned an assignment to develop and introduce a practical due diligence manual to help its members implement it in their respective organizations.
This assignment was carried out by ImpactBuying BV from September 2021 through May 2022. The ImpactBuying team was supported by fruit & vegetable specialists.

The manual builds extensively on the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct which provides the appropriate direction and framework for SIFAV members. Also Salud Foodgroup Europe used this manual as a guidance for building up and extend our company’s due diligence processes.

Due diligence helps us to anticipate the adverse impacts. Due diligence is not a one-off issue (not like a tick-the-box exercise), but a continuous, cyclical process rooted in our company’s core business.

Commitments

Onze activiteiten hebben effect op mens, maatschappij en omgeving. Daarvoor nemen we onze sociale en maatschappelijke verantwoordelijkheid. Een ecologisch duurzame werkwijze is altijd ons uitgangspunt. Met onze activiteiten willen we bijdragen aan het welzijn van de lokale samenleving in Mexico en Peru en een positieve sociale en ecologische impact maken op de wereld van vandaag en morgen.