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Gmlc growing a sustainable future

At AB Sugar, we’re committed to growing a sustainable future for our communities, our business and our customers.

To help us achieve our sustainability goals, we continue to focus our efforts where we can make the most positive impact.

global mind, LOCAL CHAMPIONS is our sustainability programme. Our ‘LOCAL CHAMPIONS’ drive environmental, social and economic benefits so that we create the highest quality assured sugar and range of co-products, such as animal feed, bioethanol, electricity and much more for future generations. Working together, we form a global mindset so that we can all make a difference, share knowledge and innovation, and tackle big issues like climate change.

our 2030 commitments

our

2030

commitments

We're constantly evolving and improving how we do things.
Our ambition is to achieve the following by 2030:

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Reduce our carbon footprint and use of water throughout the production process by 30%
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Build vibrant, diverse ways of working that increase prosperity for our communities
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Provide access to objective scientific advice on sugar, diet and health to over 25 million people around the world
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Ensure all our plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable, biodegradable or compostable
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The
story so far...

You will find our LOCAL CHAMPIONS working in our fields and plants across three continents to deliver quality sugar and our range of co‑products to you, the customer, while reducing our impact on climate change.

We've come a long way in the last few decades. Since 2017, we've reduced our direct emissions by 18%, cut our water use by 13% and helped thousands of farmers across the world protect and invest in their communities.


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The sun-worshipping watering systems driving sustainability in Spain

The sun-worshipping watering systems driving sustainability in Spain

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Diving deep into data to save water waste

Diving deep into data to save water waste

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Working together to deliver results for our Spanish growers and the environment

Working together to deliver results for our Spanish growers and the environment

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How Fairtrade helps growers to build resilience to climate change

How Fairtrade helps growers to build resilience to climate change

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A local approach to a global pandemic

A local approach to a global pandemic

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Demonstrating water stewardship excellence in Zambia

Demonstrating water stewardship excellence in Zambia

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The secret to making health and safety second nature for everyone - insight into Azucarera’s internationally recognised approach

The secret to making health and safety second nature for everyone - insight into Azucarera’s internationally recognised approach

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Protecting Magombera Nature Forest Reserve for generations to come

Protecting Magombera Nature Forest Reserve for generations to come

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Support services enhanced for South Africa’s small-scale sugar cane growers

Support services enhanced for South Africa’s small-scale sugar cane growers

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More crop per drop – AB Sugar’s approach to water stewardship

More crop per drop – AB Sugar’s approach to water stewardship

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Establishing land rights for growers in Mozambique – Illovo Sugar Africa

Establishing land rights for growers in Mozambique – Illovo Sugar Africa

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More than sugar - AB Sugar’s Circular Economy

More than sugar - AB Sugar’s Circular Economy

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Online food teaching course for primary school teachers

Online food teaching course for primary school teachers

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Encouraging biodiversity at British Sugar

Encouraging biodiversity at British Sugar

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Environmental leadership in the UK beet sugar industry

Environmental leadership in the UK beet sugar industry

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Monitoring, reducing and re-using water in our operations

Monitoring, reducing and re-using water in our operations

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Placing energy generation and efficiency at the heart of our business

Placing energy generation and efficiency at the heart of our business

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A collaborative approach delivers results across our international business

A collaborative approach delivers results across our international business

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Building thriving communities through diversity – British Sugar and the WISE Campaign

Building thriving communities through diversity – British Sugar and the WISE Campaign

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Recruiting the next generation

Recruiting the next generation

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Making Sense of Sugar online content reaches 1 million views

Making Sense of Sugar online content reaches 1 million views

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Food education kits for primary schools

Food education kits for primary schools

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Illovo – supporting rural communities in Africa through health services and education

Illovo – supporting rural communities in Africa through health services and education

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Connecting our people and building expertise across our businesses

Connecting our people and building expertise across our businesses

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Transforming sugar harvesting and delivery through technology

Transforming sugar harvesting and delivery through technology

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Protecting Land Rights in Illovo

Protecting Land Rights in Illovo

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Embedding Sustainable Agriculture in China

Embedding Sustainable Agriculture in China

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Supporting development in Africa

Supporting development in Africa

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Ensuring fair trade for farmers in southern Africa

Ensuring fair trade for farmers in southern Africa

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Pulp sun-drying project in Spain

Pulp sun-drying project in Spain

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Using resources responsibly: minimising waste in China and the UK

Using resources responsibly: minimising waste in China and the UK

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Supplying renewable energy to Swaziland’s National Grid

Supplying renewable energy to Swaziland’s National Grid

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Promoting better water management across our supply chain in Illovo, southern Africa.

Promoting better water management across our supply chain in Illovo, southern Africa.

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