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Our Approach

At Kerry Group, we seek to identify the challenges and opportunities associated with sustainability through an inclusive process of engagement and risk management. In 2015, the Group launched ‘Towards 2020’, a comprehensive strategy based around four key pillars, that cover all aspects of our business, and provides a framework to direct Group-wide activities. 

Under each pillar, we have prioritised the most material issues for Kerry Group and its stakeholders and we have carefully examined the ways in which we can lessen our impacts and create value. Under each pillar we have set measurable, time-bound commitments for continuous improvement over a five year period.

1 Kerry Sustainability Programme – 'Towards 2020'

Materiality

We are engaged in ongoing dialogue with stakeholders and in developing our ‘Towards 2020’ programme we consulted internally and externally, to identify the most material issues for our business and those we impact upon. This process has helped us refine our approach from our previous programme and focus on those critical areas of impact. 

Governance

Sustainability within the organisation is governed by the Kerry Group Sustainability Council who provide leadership, appraise performance and promote industry best practice throughout the Group. The Sustainability Council’s membership comprises Directors of Group functions with responsibility for the implementation of all elements of Kerry’s sustainability programme. The council is led by a senior executive who reports directly to the CEO, who in turn reports to the Kerry Group Board of Directors on all elements of sustainability.

Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder engagement continues to be an essential element of our work on sustainability. As a predominantly B2B business, we are attuned to the needs of our customers and are in continuous dialogue with them and other members of our stakeholder community. Our engagement takes place at many levels within the organisation and feedback is captured on an ongoing basis and helps to inform the review process for our ‘Towards 2020’ programme, both in terms of performance and materiality.

We also acknowledge that the broader challenges presented by sustainability demand a more holistic approach and  Kerry Group is engaged in a number of multi-stakeholder initiatives to help drive improvement across the industry.