Addo is taking a stand on meaningful climate action

We’re on the edge of a new dawn at Addo. In the run-up to COP26 in November, we want to take the most meaningful climate action we can, and are therefore aligning our business with a net zero transition by 2035. As such, I’m delighted to announce that we’ve committed to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) to help us achieve this.

We’ve always been resource efficient, and our environmental impact has always been a key consideration in our operations, but we’re not experts in climate science – our MO has always been making excellent food. So this is a new way of doing things for us, and we recognise there’s going to be a lot of learning and trial and error involved in this journey.

But it’s one that everyone is excited to start. As a first step we have been engaging with our key stakeholders using surveys, interviews and discussion groups, and I’ve been overwhelmed by the level of support we’ve received.

Achieving net zero was regarded by our external stakeholders as the single most important sustainability goal for Addo in the next five years, so this will be the north star of our strategy. From this we’ll be looking at initiatives around packaging, food waste, resource consumption and more, so that we can develop a business model linked to circularity, enabling us to be as sustainable as possible.

There’s a lot to do – mapping, measurement, supplier engagement, education – but we’re taking things one step at a time, making sure we fully understand the bigger picture and all the factors involved in our transformation. One thing we’ve had to do is shift our thinking towards a more long-term approach. Addo is a successful, established business so we’re not going anywhere. As such we’re now working with a time horizon of ten to fifteen years instead of the UK Government target of 35 years – we’ve learned a lot just from changing this outlook.

And our executive team is laying the groundwork for future learning with upskilling and training in a CPD-certified climate literacy programme. Plugging our skills gap and enriching our understanding of the task ahead of us will make sure we’re making meaningful progress on our Science Based Targets.

Our purpose is to provide food that’s good for everyone – and that includes the planet. Our new sustainability initiative will see reduced emissions and therefore improved efficiencies, but we’re also embarking on this journey because ultimately it’s the right thing to do. We’ve got a big challenge ahead, but with the support of our colleagues, collaboration with friends in the industry and a customer base that’s cheering for us, I know we can take it on.