INC Sustainability

In 2015, the UN established a total of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to be achieved by 2030. Food and agriculture can help achieve multiple SDG, especially those related with poverty, nutrition, economic growth and the environment. 

The INC has identified 9 SDG the nut and dried fruit industry can have an impact on:

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation 
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Latest News and Publications

Jason Chen, Senior Sourcing Manager, Aisa Nuts, Mars Wrigley, China

19 July, 2021
"We believe our business will thrive for generations to come only if the millions of people who contribute to our success thrive too."


During the INC 3D Online Conference from May 25-27, 2021, the INC hosted the Nutfruit & Sustainability webinar which covered some of the hottest topics concerning nuts and dried fruits and sustainability. With an international panel of experts, this session touched on how the sector can increase and continue sustainable activities.

One of the most common themes of the session touched on how the industry can help accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the UN. Moreover, you can also watch the November 2020 INC Online Conference webinar on sustainability.

Industry Survey Research

In 2018, the INC conducted a survey among the members of the Statistics Committee aiming to provide an overview of the industry’s sustainability-oriented programs and measures.

Overall results all over top producing countries showed that:

  • Good farming practices are being implemented as farmers became more aware of their impact in the environment.
  • Water use is being improved through more efficient irrigation systems and more efficient varieties –in terms of resources use– are also being cultivated.
  • Renewable energies are being implemented in farms and production facilities, and by-products are being repurposed, reducing waste and, indirectly, CO2 emissions.

*You must be an INC member to gain access to the study.
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