Sustainability makes good business sense. It plays a key role in food and drink companies’ long-term competitiveness. Food and drink companies can play a major role in ensuring the sustainability of the food supply chain, hence FoodDrinkEurope is committed to supporting amongst others sustainable agricultural practices to protect and promote natural resources. Within this context, food security, one of the biggest challenges we face today, will increasingly be affected by climate change, both in terms of production and price stability. The food and drink industry is one of the first victims of climate change as it is dependent on climate for the production of the raw materials it transforms. That is why it is constantly looking for new ways to be more sustainable, competitive and productive.
Agricultural policy is crucial in the implementation of several SDGs. SDG 2 includes targets for agricultural productivity, production and farmers’ income, maintaining ecosystems, agricultural markets and trade rules. These aspects remain fundamental objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), both within the EU and globally. European food and drink companies rely on access to adequate supplies of safe and sustainable raw materials. The CAP is pivotal to meeting this objective, given that the industry purchases and processes 70% of EU agricultural production. European food and drink industry supports an efficient and sustainable EU agriculture.