The European fruit juice sector measures success not only through maximising the quality of fruit juice but also by constantly improving production processes and environmental impact.
The sector’s goal is to provide consumers with a high-quality, convenient and tasty way to gain the goodness of fruit in a healthy diet and to benefit both society and the environment.
To achieve this, the European fruit juice sector is developing and improving sustainable working practices from farm to glass, including efforts through the Juice Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Platform.1
Taking as a base the UN Global Compact’s Food and Agriculture Business Principles (FABs) and its members’ endorsement of the AIJN Code of Business Conduct, AIJN established the Juice CSR Platform to enhance the sector’s sustainability practices.2,3
It is a pre-competitive and a true multi-stakeholder Platform involving farmer representatives, processors, bottlers, retailers as well as NGOs. The platform helps partners share best-practices across the fruit juice value chain and engage in collaborative projects that tackle hotspots in particular country-crop supply chains. Sustainable production is one of the platform’s key principles, requiring all partners in the fruit juice supply chain to support sustainable intensification of food systems to meet global needs by managing agriculture. The platform’s commitment to sustainability supports producers and packagers in protecting the environment and using natural resources efficiently and optimally in their processes.3
1. The Juice CSR Platform aims to enhance activities in the field of sustainability, in addition to national laws on standard labour conditions. This project was co-funded by the European Commission. Members seek additional benefits for workers, their families and the community at large. The AIJN fully supports these actions and is devoted to working towards higher transparency and sector-wide commitments. AIJN Statement on CSR, “European Fruit Juice Industry and Corporate Social Responsibility”, 2014.
2. The purpose of the Code of Business Conduct is to ensure that all players in the fruit juice value chain operate in accordance with internationally recognised minimum standards on human rights, labour and environment.
3. The Fruit Juice CSR Platform 6 key principles are based on the UN Global Compact Food and Agriculture Business Principles (FABs).
To read the CSR Platform principles in full, visit http://juicecsr.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/JuiceCSR_RoadmapV5B-FINAL.pdf [Last accessed 8 March 2017]