With our sustainability plan, ZERO, we set long term goals and ambitions, but we also aim to continue to create real sustainable solutions that our customers can benefit from in the short term.
The latter is particularly important to us. DLG was founded by farmers, and with our central position as one of the first links in the value chain, we know that we play an important role in enabling a sustainable future for agriculture. At DLG, we want to be part of the solution and create value for our owners and customers – also when it comes to sustainability. Therefore, our focus will continue to be on developing tools, products and concepts that enable our customers to make sustainable choices when doing business with us. In this way, we can help them – as part of the most important business in the world, agriculture – to keep on producing world-class food and creating value for the outside world. At the same time, we have defined a number of concrete goals to increase the sustainability of the Group's own activities. This involves reducing the environmental and climate impact of our production and logistics, and the goal is for the DLG Group’s activities to be climate-neutral by 2050.
We will do this while maintaining the competitiveness of our company. We believe that sustainable development and sustainable business can go hand in hand, and we see sustainability as a commercial opportunity, which will at the same time enable us to help make a lasting, positive imprint on the world we leave to the next generations. That, we believe, is just how it should be.
We do not have all the answers yet, and we still have a long way to go, but we will continue to take steps in the right direction every day.
That is DLG's promise to future generations.
The world’s population is growing, and in the future there will be many more mouths to feed. The UN estimates that by 2050 the world’s population will have reached 9.5 billion people, which means that more food will have to be produced. This must be done in a sustainable way and with due care for the climate, the environment, people and the Earth’s natural resources. Given our role in the first stages of food production, we have a responsibility to help make this happen.
With our sustainability plan we have now created an overall framework for our work on sustainability, which going forward will be an integral part of our strategic work and our business.
The title of our sustainability plan is ZERO, because it sums up the thinking behind a large number of the goals we will work to achieve. We want to minimise our impact on the climate and the environment, so that by 2050 our operations are climate-neutral. We want to help combat deforestation in South America by purchasing only verified deforestation-free soy. We want to create a workplace that is free of accidents and where discrimination does not exist.
And last, but not least, we want to help create a better and more sustainable future for generations to come – also in agriculture – who will have to produce more from less. Therefore, we want to develop and offer concrete solutions that can help to bring about lasting, positive change. In this way, we will help our customers and owners in agriculture to meet their own sustainability goals both now and in the future.
In the DLG Group, we support the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and we want to contribute actively to their realisation.
We have therefore selected six SDGs to which we believe that we, as an agricultural and energy company, contribute.
Across the group, we are committed to delivering on these SDGs, and with every year that passes they are becoming increasingly integrated in our business. That is why, in working on with sustainability we are focused on how we can further contribute to the SDGs in the period up until 2030.
The six SDGs we have chosen to focus on are: