OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

COLEACP’s commitment to corporate social responsibility aims to respect the social, environmental and economic principles of sustainable development.

We offer SMEs in the fruit and vegetable sector a method for implementing sustainable practices.

COLEACP’s key aim is to ensure that member companies adopt increasingly sustainable practices and improve their management and competitiveness. This is central to COLEACP’s ongoing Fit For Market programme, which is coordinated by the COLEACP team and carried out by our local consultants who have been trained in these methods.

IT STARTS WITH US

COLEACP itself is striving for ever more sustainable practices. Three focal points are specifically monitored:

  1. Climate – through actions to measure and offset our carbon footprint
  2. Environment – our ECODYN certification is in progress
  3. Gender.

Our approach to sustainability focuses on analysing competitiveness so that adopting good practices not only facilitates market access, but also helps suppliers to be more efficient, profitable and resilient. COLEACP’s three pillars promote economic, social and environmental equality for all men and women in the value chain:

OUR SUSTAINABILITY CHARTER

As fruit and vegetable producers and exporters in ACP countries and importers in the European Union, we are committed to conducting our activities in a sustainable manner.

We recognise that sustainability requires an ongoing commitment on our part, both as individual companies and in our work with other stakeholders. This charter defines our commitment to sustainability around seven areas:

LAWS AND REGULATIONS

CORPORATE PRACTICES

BUSINESS PRACTICES

LABOUR CONDITIONS

ENVIRONMENT

PRODUCT QUALITY

GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES

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Laws and
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Laws & Regulations

Complying with the law

We obey the law and comply with relevant regulations in all our farming and business operations.

 
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Corporate
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Corporate Practices

Behaving as good corporate citizens

We act as responsible corporate.

 
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Business practices

Being good business partners

We are honest, transparent and authentic in the way we conduct our business, and we are committed to building strong business relationships, recognising that all our partners must benefit from these business relationships.

 
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Labour
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Labour Conditions

Ensuring Good Labour Conditions

We safeguard fair and decent working conditions for workers and smallholder farmers in our supply chains.

 
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Protecting the environment

We run our operations in a way that minimises any adverse effects on the environment, and that protects natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystem services.

 
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Product Quality

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Ensuring high Product quality

We ensure that the products we grow or handle are safe to use, to consume, and to handle, and are of high and consistent quality.

 
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Good agricultural practice

Using Good agricultural practice

(Producers & exporters only)

We strive to farm sustainably by applying good agricultural practice and using best available knowledge and expertise to manage our crops.

 
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OUR SELF-ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

COLEACP’s Sustainability Self-Assessment System is a business management tool for fruit and vegetable producers and suppliers based in ACP countries. Operators throughout the value chain can use the Self-Assessment System to prevent bad practices, integrate good practices, and consolidate the financial viability of their business.

The Self-Assessment System provides companies with a framework for continuous improvement. Answering simple questions about practical and achievable actions leads to step-by-step improvements and encourages compliance with regulations and standards, facilitating market access by enabling companies to provide evidence of good practice and meet buyers’ expectations.

The Self-Assessment System consists of two parts, both based on COLEACP’s Sustainability Charter:

1. Checklist
2. Metrics

COLEACP offers the support of trained consultants for those using the Self-Assessment System for the first time.

1. CHECKLIST

The checklist guides companies to:

  • comply with the law
  • meet buyers’ expectations
  • improve their results by identifying opportunities to rationalise costs or increase revenues – in a sustainable way

2. METRICS

This is a set of measures enabling companies to:

  • track costs and revenues
  • identify areas for improvement
  • strengthen business planning
  • generate reports on key performance indicators to share with clients/investors/donors

TRAINING SYSTEM FOR GOOD SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES

We believe that every operator – from executive to worker and from middle manager to the small producer – has a role to play in ensuring the sustainability of agriculture and food. That is why our learning methods and tools are designed to match qualification levels and needs at each link in the value chain.

Our local and international ACP experts are at the heart of this system. We rely on their ability to find training solutions adapted to local realities. By participating in the development and improvement of our teaching tools and methods, they guarantee the quality and accessibility of COLEACP’s ‘fair training’ system, which aims to strengthen beneficiaries’ skills to carry out projects in a sustainable way.

FOUNDING PRINCIPLES OF OUR TRAINING SYSTEM

Training begins with a careful identification of beneficiaries’ needs. This makes it possible to work in phase with beneficiaries’ projects and to avoid duplication with other aid programmes.

  • The initial diagnosis is shared with COLEACP’s Training Department in Brussels, which ensures that teaching methods and tools are adapted according to the target, subject and skill levels.
  • European expertise has been replaced by local expertise to promote local knowledge, accessibility, cost control and sustainable capacity building.
  • The training activities are part of a voluntary and continuous process on the part of both the beneficiary and COLEACP. Training can only be successful in the long term.
  • COLEACP seeks to maximise the scope and impact of its training through partnerships with other development actors, a knowledge-sharing policy, and the adaptation of training tools and methods to other sectors.

E-LIBRARY AND E-LEARNING

The COLEACP training system covers the following eight areas:

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND TRADE

PLANT HEALTH

FOOD SAFETY

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING

social accountability and empowerment

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

business management and development

training methodologies

COLEACP’s training tools are available on the COLEACP e-services website. The teaching methods and tools can be accessed via an e-learning platform where you will learn, test and certify your knowledge of sustainable agribusiness.

These interactive training courses integrate levels of progression differentiated by degree of expertise. The e-learning platform can also be used to prepare for face-to-face training.

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SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND TRADE

Corporate social responsibility

Agriculture, Health and Environment

PLANT HEALTH

Pest surveillance and pest risk assessment

Organisation of phytosanitary control and inspection

Sampling and methods for detecting harmful organisms

Organisation of control and analysis of residues in plant products

FOOD SAFETY

National health quality management systems

Hygiene principles and health quality management

Traceability

Risk analysis and self-checking in production

Regulations and private standards

agricultural production and processing

Basis for crop protection

Operator safety and good plant protection practices

Integrated pest management

Organic farming

Agro-ecology and sustainable production technology

First processing and packaging technology

social accountability and empowerment

Human rights and working conditions

Ethical production

Social determinants of sustainable production patterns

environmental management

Sustainable production

Sustainable energy management

Sustainable air management

Sustainable water management

Sustainable soil management

Sustainable waste management

Sustainable management of biodiversity

business management and development

Governance and management of horticultural organizations

Formalization of links between operators in the value chain

Human Resources Management

Financial management and accounting

Forecasting management

Risk Management

Project management

Communication and advocacy

Market access legislation

Identification of new markets

Analysis of development opportunities

Decision-making processes

training methodologies

Develop a training system and program

Design and produce training materials

Master training methods