#SustyTalk: Tate & Lyle’s Anna Pierce on value chain sustainability

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with food ingredients firm Tate & Lyle's director of sustainability Anna Pierce discussing the firm's new environmental targets and why an approach to value chain emissions is crucial in building back better.

With the UK on lockdown and edie readers working remotely or on furlough, this brand new series of video interviews keeps you connected to the inspirational business leaders who are continuing to drive sustainability and champion climate action from their own homes.

#SustyTalk is all about keeping edie’s loyal readers connected to sustainable business leaders across the world, whilst reminding us all that sustainability and climate action must go on, through the current Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

edie’s content editor Matt Mace discusses the lockdown with Tate & Lyle’s director of sustainability Anna Pierce.

During the discussion, Pierce recaps Tate & Lyle’s new sustainability targets. Tate & Lyle’s new environmental targets and commitments are set for 2030, confirming a 30% absolute reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions, with a 25% reduction set for 2025. Additionally, the company will aim to deliver an absolute reduction in Scope 3 emissions of 15% by 2030. The company will work to verify the targets as science-based.

Elsewhere in the discussion, Pierce discussed the support that can be provided to growers to help the value chain become more sustainable.

“I think the growers have been on the journey of conservation for decades, so it isn’t a shiny new topic for them,” Pierce said. “When we talk to them, they want more support, they’re betting the family farm on decisions.”

“There’s a huge economy and a lot of politics involved in agriculture in the US and we need to support the growers, not just from an environmental standpoint, but so they’re profitable. That balance has to go hand in hand, and I think that balance can be translated to a lot of industries. You should be environmentally responsible, but not in a way that bankrupts your company or your family farm.”

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