2020: 7.7% reduction in water used per kilo of product produced
Since 2016: A 30% reduction in water used per kilo of product produced
2020: Over 100 tonnes of plastic waste remover permanently from our supply chain
2020: 1.1% reduction in energy use per kilo of product produced
Since 2016: 9.2% reduction in energy use per kilo of product produced
2020: 30% gross reduction (scope 1 & 2) on 2005 level achieved
20% reduction in processing emissions since 2018
In 2020 our reductions amounted to 14500 tons of CO2e
Through our Ora Health & Safety Program and Wellbeing Hub we have made a significant capital investment into Health & Safety projects.
With a strengthened focus on wellbeing, we have supported our suppliers with Mental Health services including Good Yarns programmes.
Established the Fern Fund to assist staff when they encounter hardship.
We are a foundation partner for Meat the Need and provided over $500,000 in community sponsorships in FY 2020.
We are committed to supporting a holistic approach to farming focused on outcomes measurement and continuous improvement rather than inputs. At Silver Fern Farms we are underpinning our approach on eight principles, which align with the NZFAP+ and will help us continue to meet consumer expectations for premium quality, sustainably grown red meat. These are:
Minimise soil disturbance
Manage livestock grazing practices
Protect and regenerate soil health
Optimise animal welfare
Nurture our farming communities
Protect and enhance our natural environment
Reduce carbon footprint
This is a world-leading programme that incentivizes our farmers to invest in and maintain on-farm carbon sequestration including native and riparian planting.
Over the past two years, Silver Fern Farms has been proactively working with a group of 17 farmer suppliers from across the country, to better understand their own carbon footprint and the opportunities to optimise carbon stored on their farms.
Building on the information we have found in our pilot Silver Fern Farms will be launching our first range of Toitū Net Carbon Zero Certified Beef in the United States in early 2022 – a world-leading programme that incentivises our farmers to invest in and maintain on-farm carbon sequestration including native and riparian planting.
Under our Sustainability Action Plan commitments, we will have zero coal usage by 2030 and we will halve our emissions from coal over the next two years.
We have committed to a 1.5-degree science-aligned reduction target to reduce our combined Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 42% by 2030 (from a 2020 base year).
In 2023 we will be setting a full Scope 3 emissions target inclusive of livestock emissions. We think this will be a game-changer.