Enza Zaden is well aware of the fact that a company can be successful only if it operates in close harmony with society and the environment. Jaap Mazereeuw: “Our company has an international CSR policy resting on three pillars. Sustainable entrepreneurship is part and parcel of our profession; it’s in our DNA.”
Our primary aim is to grant people anywhere in the world access to healthy, varied vegetables. How do we do that? By developing new, strong vegetable varieties with high productivity and resistance to pests and diseases. Varieties with lower needs of crop protection products, water and fertilizers that moreover produce higher yields per hectare. Or varieties that grow well in areas where hitherto no, or only very few crops could be grown. Our international network then ensures that these varieties are indeed accessible all over the world. And, finally, we also offer local growers cultivation advice, to help them get the most out of our varieties.
We make every effort to minimize our impact on the environment. We have developed policies for waste reduction, generating energy at our various branches, and sustainable construction and purchasing.
We also make efforts to improve people’s standard of living – for example that of farmers in developing countries. We implement our policy in this field as practically as possible. Enza Zaden uses its resources and expertise to increase the production of vegetables, and hence the standard of living. We support small and medium-sized projects such as Fair Planet in Ethiopia and the Yayasan Foundation in Indonesia.