LONDON, UK – Olam joins the UN CEO Water Mandate’s Steering Committee and the Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP).
Olam International Limited (“Olam” or “the Company”), a leading agribusiness operating across the value chain in 65 countries, has been invited to join the Steering Committee of the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate and has been elected to the Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP).
Olam was selected due to its deep understanding and on-ground experience of seed to shelf food supply chains.
The CEO Water Mandate, which Olam endorsed in 2013, is a UN Global Compact initiative that engages global industry leaders for water security.
The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) is a multi-stakeholder partnership, co-convened by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the International Rice Research Institute to facilitate wide-scale adoption of sustainable best practices in rice.
Rajeev Raina, Global Head of Farming, Olam said: “As the second largest distributor of rice in the world, Olam is ideally placed to contribute to the SRP’s vision of resource efficiency and sustainability both on-farm and throughout the rice value chain. We look forward to contributing to the advancement of rice sustainability standards and proven best practices for the industry.”
Chris Brown, Olam’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Environment Manager and a member of the CEO Water Mandate Committee, said:
“The reliable supply and quality of water are business imperatives for the resilience of Olam’s supply chains and future of global food security, notably for staple crops such as rice.
Simultaneously serving these UN committees allows Olam to collaborate at the highest level with like-minded organisations as we progress towards our goal of end-to-end sustainable supply chains by 2020.
Equally, by supporting initiatives such as the UN’s World Water Day this Saturday (March 22), we are able to engage our staff at a grass roots level with learnings and best practice.”