Why this approach?
According to the forecasts by the year 2050 the worldwide population will count approximately 9 billion people. An increase of 2 billion people in the coming 35 years. Reason enough to be very keen on the resources of our planet and a big challenge to provide all the inhabitants with sufficient agro products towards and after 2050. Within the supply chain we can do something about it.
An example: nowadays the food production is basicly enough to feed the population on our planet. The problem is that we lose a lot of fresh and valuable products (approximately 40%) through unefficient planning, logistics and inefficient cooperation between the stakeholders within the chain. According to recent market research executed for Rabobank The Netherlands, the European Food & Agribusiness is currently losing EUR 60 billion of value each year. Mainly caused by food waste in the chain, whereas more than half of the loss of value is at the producers side, according to the report. Interesting to see that this is only the waste part. There is much more to improve. This all strengthens our view that now is the moment we can do something about it. We owe this to the current and the future generations.
A true sustainable success comes when business includes others to drive a collective success. In the traditional daily business the mindset of competition rules. Companies within the supply chain are mainly concerned about their own existence. They are excluding others, seeing them as their competitors. This finally leads towards a downward circle, where trade and price become the main focus areas.
In today’s playing field it is necessary to change the way of working and go for more cooperation between the companies, each of them adding value in the supply chain. This is where the inclusive approach fits in perfectly.
As by today an increasing amount of companies and industries are building towards a sustainable supply chain. Subjects as waste, carefully making use of the available soil such as farm land (including minimizing fertilizers and efficient planning) and logistics are important issues.
Xpol wants to be one of the ‘movers’ in the fresh agro supply chain, heading towards a smarter and more sustainable cooperation. Anticipating on the expected growth and taking People, Planet & Profit (PPP) into account. We create a climate for endless possibilities challenging ourselves and our partners within the supply chain to join us.
By working inclusive we can challenge these targets together. Giving profits to all involved, including the future generations. By having a moral consciousness, we raise the awareness on how we act and do business with each other, everybody taking their share of responsibility and accountability. It is not only about your or our business, we need to include all stakeholders to generate the highest long-term sustainable outcome for all involved people, planet and prosperity.