NETHERLANDS – Deloitte has announced a strategic collaboration with dsm-Firmenich to enhance the sustainability of food value chains by accurately calculating the environmental impact of producing animal protein.

The partnership centers around dsm-firmenich’s Sustell™ platform, a cutting-edge Software as a Service (SaaS) solution designed to assess the environmental footprint of animal protein production. 

Using primary data from feed and farm sectors, Sustell helps organizations measure and improve the sustainability of producing eggs, meat, milk, and seafood.

The platform identifies environmental impact hotspots and models interventions across various scenarios, enabling companies to reduce their farm animal-related ecological footprint.

Deloitte will expand and enhance Sustell’s reach, facilitating better economic information flow from processors and consumer-packaged goods providers to feed producers, farmers, and integrators. 

Deloitte’s role includes advising businesses on operating the platform, applying insights to their operations, and preparing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting. 

This collaboration aims to bridge silos in the value chain, rapidly connecting ecosystem players to achieve meaningful sustainability improvements.

The food industry needs holistic value chain transparency to make better choices and transform to future-proof business models,” says Jorg Schalekamp, Partner, Consulting, Deloitte Netherlands. 

This collaboration will help leaders in the agricultural sector access the precise, real-time data and insights they need to embed sustainability considerations into their operations, driving both a profitable agriculture sector and a more sustainable global food system.”

Animal farming accounts for 14.5% of all human-derived greenhouse gas emissions, with agriculture being the largest contributor to global methane emissions. 

International regulatory entities are increasingly scrutinizing the agriculture sector. For example, the European Union’s Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive and Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive are demanding improved transparency regarding the environmental impacts of food from farm to plate. 

This growing pressure for sustainable agriculture and food systems drives food producers to seek solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nitrate pollution, water usage, and biodiversity impacts while optimizing raw material use.

Sustell™’s approach makes precise, tailored environmental accountability the new normal across the animal farming industry,” states Dr. David Nickell, Vice President of Sustainability & Business Solutions at dsm-Firmenich, Animal Nutrition & Health. “Our insights on animal feed and farming, combined with Deloitte’s global leadership and cross-sector knowledge, will help create a greener food ecosystem for everyone.”

Cooperation between the food and energy industries is essential to transform the food system further and mitigate its climate impacts. 

This collaborative approach will redefine production, distribution, and consumption models, promoting sustainability and a healthier planet.

Our expanded relationship with Sustell is one of many cross-industry collaborations that can help transform our food system. From working with non-governmental organizations to balance protein and plant-based consumption to leveraging technology for more resilient supply chains and zero waste, Deloitte is committed to accelerating the transformation of food systems,” says Randy Jagt, Deloitte Global Future of Food leader. 

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