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Our sustainability programme, VIVE, supports businesses at all points along the supply chain to continuously improve

What we offer

At Czarnikow we want to help create a greener future. With VIVE, our sustainability programme, we have the ability to measure sustainability end to end across entire supply chains. As traceability is becoming an increasingly important consumer demand, the food and beverage industry has had to act fast to ensure that their products can be traced right through their sourcing, manufacture and logistics journeys. Increasingly, producers are requesting certified sustainable products. We can help your business be a part of this change.

We measure, monitor and benchmark a participant’s performance against global sustainability standards, improving understanding of sustainability risks and mitigation strategies and fostering change through bespoke plans at the farm and factory level. This allows VIVE to work with a variety of supply chain participants and products, ranging from large-scale Brazilian milling groups to smallholder farmers in Africa, and help them on their journey to become more sustainable.

“Our team has developed world-class software solutions to help put sustainability and traceability at the core of the supply chain. Our mission is to work with like-minded organisations who are committed to driving sustainable improvements in their supply chains and to help them make it happen.”
Robin Cave, CEO

How it works

VIVE is for businesses that want to do more than just tick a box for sustainability: they want to participate because they know that it is key to their continued growth, commercial success and the future of our planet. That’s why we designed the VIVE programme to be able to operate along the whole supply chain, from producer to end-user, to ensure no stage is left open to risk. When assessing a participant, we look for data according to VIVE’s four major pillars. These pillars, when used in combination, cover all of the activities that contribute to the sustainability of the business as a whole. The pillars are: governance and policies, people, environment and traceability.

As the needs of each client are different, we also can tailor a programme to look in particular detail at a certain aspect: crop for farms, transport and company facilities for facilities. As a business improves their sustainability standard, they can reach various VIVE claim levels: foundation, claim and excellence levels. These steps towards a gradual sustainable path provide the foundation for implementing sustainable change and commercial advantage.

Why work with Czarnikow?

Continuous improvement is a key point of differentiation between VIVE and many other sustainability programmes. We wanted to move away from the pass/fail binary seen in other programmes, and were keen to build something more comprehensive. With continuous improvement, the idea is that you don’t stop striving to improve just because you’ve reached a certain standard. You continue to improve far beyond your previous expectations, with Czarnikow setting ambitious but achievable goals and being a constant support during the implementation of the necessary improvements.

Current information on human impact on the planet leaves us with two options: ignore the increasing dangers, or act to make change. We want a future, so will be supporting the second rather than the first option. With this in mind we are always looking to improve sustainability, and VIVE allows our clients to do the same.

Buyers supporting Vive

Buyers Supporting VIVE is a platform developed for companies who are committed to sourcing sustainable sugar. This has been designed to enable a ‘pull through’ effect, assisting buyers to proactively engage their supply chains with sustainability, creating more demand for sustainable product. Participation is free and easy, and the platform has received strong support from both multi-national and regional buyers, with The Coca-Cola Company recently becoming a participant.

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Our other services

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To find out more about VIVE, get in touch here.

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Download vive progress report

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