For a sustainable future
Elders’ ambition is to develop and then deliver an authentic and industry leading sustainability program which acknowledges and builds on the initiatives in which Elders participates and leads throughout rural and regional Australia, for and on behalf of the entire agriculture industry.
“Sustainability is a core objective of Elders as we continue to operate, grow and support our people and communities.”
Mark Allison – Elders Managing Director and CEO.
Our key sustainability principles
The year in review
Last year we released our third Eight Point Plan, highlighting sustainability as a strategic priority for our business. We established our Sustainability Team and governance structures and published our first Sustainability Report.
Since then, we have undertaken significant work to expand on our activities and disclosures, to drive real business improvement and to demonstrate to our valued stakeholders – including our people, shareholders and communities – that Elders operates profitably and responsibly. For full details, download our latest Sustainability Report.
In donations and sponsorships.
Local community sports team and events sponsored.
Most trust agribusiness brand for second year running.
Agricultural chemical containers diverted from landfill.
Progressed alignment of climate change disclosures with TCFD recommendations.
Modern Slavery Statement published.
New staff hired.
Board positions held by women.
Employee Engagement Survey score, a record high for Elders.
Alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Our approach to Sustainability is informed by the following Sustainable Development Goals, which we believe we can contribute to most as part of our business:
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Target 2.4: By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.
Learn more about our approach to sustainable farming
Goal 3: Good health and wellbeing
Target 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.
Learn more about our approach to good health and safety.
Goal 5: Gender equality
Target 5.5: Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in
political, economic and public life.
Learn more about our approach to gender equality.
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Target 7.2: By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
Learn more about our approach to clean energy.
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
Target 8.7: Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure
the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end
child labour in all its forms.
Learn more about our approach to modern slavery.
Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Target 9.5: Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular
developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and
development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending.
Learn more about our approach to innovation.
Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
Learn more about our approach to waste management.
Goal 13: Climate action
Target 13.1: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.
Target 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation,
impact reduction and early warning.
Learn more about our approach to climate change.
For more information download our full sustainability report.