According to the roadmap towards a 'resourceefficient Europe', food is seen as one of the key areas, appealing to farmers, the food industry, large distributors, retailers and consumers so that all they contribute to improving resource efficiency and food security around the world, as midrange goals for the year 2020 are defined.
A sustainable food system is based on three pillars:
Health and social welfare.
Based on these three pillars, a Sustainable Food System must meet the following characteristics:
The Pascual Quality commitment towards the achievement of the Sustainable Food System is based on its Environmental Policy.
In the same line, the company has its own Environmental Impact Management Plan (2013-2015), in which the necessary actions to reduce and minimize the environmental impact are determined, as well as the pertinent control and monitoring measures for its correct application and to detect opportunities for improvement.
The actions included in the Plan are based on the 20/20/20 strategy of the European Union. Thus, the objectives in which to work in the 2013-2020 period are:
20% reduction in CO2 emissions derived from mobility.
20% reduction in energy consumption.
20% reduction in water consumption.
Para contribuir al cumplimiento de estos objetivos, Pascual dividió las iniciativas de su Plan en 6 ejes de actuación:
Responsible Suppliers Program to ensure sustainability criteria in the activity of non-agricultural suppliers. Thanks to this program, 100% of the group's suppliers have been selected based on criteria of respect for human rights, and criteria of social and environmental behavior.
Guaranteed Security Program, officially recognized by the Administration. Thanks to this program, during 2013 more than 60% of the milk supplied was certified, 100% of the farmers were evaluated by the Guaranteed Safety Manual and 99.6% of the contracts with suppliers of the livestock sector was approved.
Productive Efficiency Program, which aims to improve productivity. In 2015, we worked with 177 farms in productive efficiency programs, which translates into 202.6 million milk obtained with the implementation of this program.
Sustainable Dairy Product Program (PLS), an agreement promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAPAMA) together with 9 distribution companies and 14 companies of the dairy industry, with the aim of achieving an efficient and sustainable operation of the value chains of milk and dairy products, favoring the sustainability of the sector in the long term.