Sustainable plant raw materials: what are its benefits?

Published On:
September 18, 2018
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Life Science & Nutrition

Choosing sustainable plant raw materials gives you a different view on purchasing policies above and beyond the usual cost, quality and delivery time criteria. This supply scheme involves taking into account many inherent in making ethical and strategic choices!

Let’s have a look at the advantages of responsible plant raw materials for your product development.


Sustainable plant raw materials : A mutual ethical commitment

With sustainable plant raw materials, you are assured of working with partners who share common values. Produce materials without destroying, promote sustainable development, grow together while creating value!

A sustainable supply fits with the three pillars of corporate social responsibility (CSR):

  • environmental responsibility with environmentally friendly practices in order to preserve air, water, soil, fauna and flora;
  • the social concerns focusing on constantly improving working conditions at each step of the process;
  • economic issues while promoting local employment and setting up long-term and virtuous partnerships.

Find out more about CSR and the For Life Label in this article.


A strong and widely recognized approach

80% of companies recognise the positive impact of sustainable supply on their reputation, more than 60% on client satisfaction and 70% on commitment of their employees. These figures are based on a study carried out by the NGO WWF in 2017 gathering feedback from 50 major retailers and their purchasing policy with regard to sustainable wood. This supply chain shares several common issues with sustainable botanical ingredients: natural resources conservation, biodiversity protection, the protection of worker rights throughout the supply chain, etc

Another survey conducted by the French institute of public opinion (Ifop) for the NGO WWF a large majority of consumers recognise sustainable chains. 70% of the French are willing to change their consumption habits and opt for more responsible products.


Supply chain security

First of all, what is more complex than disrupting the supply chain when demand is at its highest point?

In sustainable chains, all conditions are set up to optimise supply chain security. The reliability of different stakeholders is crucial: selection is based on strict criteria and regular monitoring is carried out! The risk of supplier disengagement is also minimised by setting up long-term partnerships based on dialogue, respect and fairness. All stakeholders work side by side!

Sustainable supply is also a security guarantee for the end consumer. Regarding sustainable plant raw materials, suppliers implement environmentally friendly and healthy farming practices.

Beyond the control of cultivation areas, there is increased strict vigilance with regard to storage and transport conditions of botanical ingredients. Many factors are checked and listed to ensure perfect traceability from the land to the end consumers!


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  • WWF press release, Approvisionnement responsable en bois de forêt, un impact positif pour les acteurs de la grande distribution, 2017 May.
  • Survey Ifop/WWF France, Les Français pour un changement de modèle agricole, Press release, 2017 October.

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