Rabo’s Food & Agribusiness Principles
Climate change, scarcity of raw materials, environmental pollution and the rapidly growing world population are set to have a strong compound effect on each other in the decades ahead. As a global food & agribusiness bank, Rabobank views it as its responsibility to help find the required sustainable solutions.

It is an established fact that the food & agribusiness chains can only be transformed into sustainable value chains if all the involved parties, including banks, customers, members and stakeholders, join forces and work together. This is why Rabobank has formulated five directional Food & Agribusiness Principles. These principles can play a key role in making food & agribusiness chains more sustainable and contributing to food security. The principles are:

01. Aiming for food safety and food security.
  Experts expect that global food production will have to be doubled by around 2050 in order to feed the growing world population. The first priority of food & agribusiness chains is to feed the world at a reasonable price with products that are not harmful to the health of people and animals.
   
02. Using natural resources responsibly.
  In order to ensure the continuity of food production, issues such as soil degradation and erosion and soil and surface water pollution must be prevented. Available water must be used carefully, overfishing must be avoided and valuable nature reserves must be protected.
   
03. Contributing to enabling citizens and consumers to make well-considered choices.
  Food & agribusiness companies can provide consumers with better information about the origins of products. This will enable consumers to make more conscious choices. Sustainable production methods will be encouraged as the demand for sustainable products increases.
   
04. Treating animals responsibly.
  The treatment of animals by cattle farmers, fish farmers, cattle dealers and cattle transporters must comply with the prevailing legal and ethical standards in society.
   
05. Promoting social welfare.
  The food & agribusiness chains can only be sustainable when the social welfare and environment of the people working within these chains are protected. This entails matters including eradicating corruption, discrimination, human rights violations, forced labour, harmful child labour and poor working conditions.