During its lifetime, our European Sugar Beet Project created a unique environment of precompetitive collaboration that enabled members to reach sustainability objectives more easily, changing the industry.
- 2013 to 2018
- Across Europe
- Sugar Beet
Although the European sugar beet industry works hard to achieve and maintain stability in the sugar beet supply chain it faced challenges that stakeholders couldn’t overcome alone.
- Creating a more sustainable sugar beet industry
- Harmonising sustainability definitions and farming practices in the sugar beet industry
- Supporting implementation of SAI Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) programme
- Becoming a leader and reference point for sustainability in the sugar industry.
- SAI Platfom launched the project and approached beet sugar suppliers to join and hosted a workshop to help set the project in motion. We provided support to companies carrying out benchmarking work and liaising with their farmers regarding the FSA roll out.
- In 2015, SAI Platform hosted a workshop to encourage take up of FSA.
- The project offered a pre-competitive, collaborative environment for competitors to meet and share knowledge
- Project members met twice a year to review current best practices, discuss industries and brainstorm ways to improve sustainability in the sugar beet supply chain
- Sugar beet industry sustainability standards were improved and the supply system was de-risked
- A critical mass of farmers and members was able to change the industry
- The FSA was established as a benchmarking, self-assessment, and verification standard in the sugar beet industry
- Closer relationships across the supply chain facilitated cooperation in meeting collaborative and individual objectives
- Lessons learned led to the creation of a Russian Sugar Beet Project.