WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN I SEE A KNORR SUSTAINABILITY PARTNERSHIP LOGO ON PACK?
When you see a Knorr Sustainability Partnership Logo on our packs, it means at least 50% of the key ingredients are sustainably grown. Our aim is to source our ingredients sustainably, and keep them physically separate in the supply chain so they end up in our products. This is what we manage with most of our ingredients, and in these cases the product will say ‘Made with Sustainably Grown…’ on the pack.
In some supply chains segregation isn’t possible. For example with rice, we cannot keep the sustainably grown ingredients physically separate. As a first step, we still work with our suppliers to ensure farmers meet our sustainable agriculture standards. When we buy at least 50% of the volume of that ingredient sustainably grown, but we cannot guarantee that those ingredients are physically separated from the non-sustainably grown volume all the way along the supply chain, we say that the product ‘supports sustainable farming’.
This means that by buying these products, you are still supporting the transition to more sustainable farming practices, because we are investing behind the scenes to train farmers and fund more sustainable techniques. But we can’t guarantee that the sustainably grown ingredients make it into the product you buy. A similar approach is used by the Fairtrade Foundation and Ben & Jerry’s® Caring Dairy® scheme, for other supply chains where getting to segregated supply is not currently possible.
IS IT THE SAME AS ORGANIC?
We believe Organic production alone cannot tackle some important food sustainability issues, like the social impacts of farming or increased land use and deforestation at a global level. This is why we developed the Unilever Sustainable Agriculture Code and its 11 indicators.
Organic certification is recognized by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), so we count Organic ingredients towards our sustainable sourcing targets and we use the Rainforest Alliance certification, which is part of the Sustainable Agriculture Network Standard, in some of our smallholder farmer supply chains for spices.