Sustainable farming -
Healthy food - A living countryside

Projects

CLM operates within the Netherlands and also internationally. The scope and nature of our international work are illustrated by following recent projects:

Sustainability metrics
  • We support food companies such as Heineken and PepsiCo with their sustainable sourcing, benchmarking codes of practice against SAI-Platform’s FSA or PepsiCo’s SFI.
  • For SAI-Platform we also drafted the guidelines on how to measure sustainable farming, setting the stage for worldwide Sustainability Performance Assessment.
  • We produced sustainability tools for Ben & Jerry’s in the USA, and for dairy production in Denmark and Sweden.
  • We helped build the biodiversity module of the Cool Farm Tool, the only international industry-led farm level tool for carbon, water and biodiversity.

 

Supporting international platforms

  • Together with partners we co-coordinate the Juice CSR-Platform in their quest towards more sustainable fruit juice, for instance working on apple production in Poland. 
Research on carbon footprinting and LCA
  • We compared the carbon footprints of different products for an international frozen vegetables company.
  • We regularly support sustainable sourcing activities of retailers and food processing companies at national level, for instance on apples and pears with Sodexo, and on fruit and vegetables with retailers Aldi, Jumbo and Lidl.
EU policy advice and evaluation
  • For the European Commission we evaluated EU policies in the Netherlands as part of a Europe-wide evaluation of cross compliance (2007) and of the Common Market Organisation for fruit and vegetables (2008), pork and veal (2010) and starch (2010) and the environmental and climate aspects of the CAP (2017 onwards).
  • For the European Commission we analysed the scope for a European levy on nitrogen.
Implementation of EU policies in the Netherlands
  • Advice and communication about EU policy implementation in the Netherlands, for example on the Water Framework Directive (2007) and CAP income support (2008–2012).
  • Facilitation of the National Rural Network under the Rural Development Regulation (2007–2013).