Amatheon is committed to improving and protecting critical natural resources and operates using sound environmental practices – all of which are vital to the sustainability of agricultural businesses. Prior to any developments taking place, Amatheon hires external environmental experts to conduct in-depth Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA). These assessments include desk research, site visits, public consultations, scientific studies and are bound to the approval of the respective country’s national environmental management authority. As part of the EIA, an Environmental Management Plan is developed to mitigate any risks through monitoring key indicators such as water, soil, air and noise. In each of Amatheon’s operating countries, a Sustainable Development Manager is responsible for the environmental compliance of the company. Close coordination with the relevant Managing Director ensures executive support of findings and adjustment of operations where necessary. Furthermore, Amatheon’s employees are obliged to adhere to our environmental policy.
Amatheon strives to protect the soil and biodiversity, uses low-tillage cultivation methods, protects water sources with appropriate signage, and measures the company’s environmental impact using indicators such as water, soil, air and noise levels. To continuously learn and improve performance, Amatheon attends workshops and seminars focusing on environmental matters, such as the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015.
As part of the Outgrower Programme, Amatheon partners with NGOs to teach Conservation Farming methods to smallholder farmer. Conservation Farming aims to replace the Slash-and-Burn farming approach which is still widely used among rural areas in Sub-Saharan Africa. Training smallholding farmers helps to protect the soil’s organic matter and water holding capacity, thus improving overall soil structure and fertility. Thousands of farmers have been trained to date, contributing to climate change resilience and sustainable rural livelihoods.