Alltech signed a letter to the secretary-general of the United Nations committing Alltech to the U.N. Global Compact focused on positive advancements in human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. In addition, Alltech has committed to nine of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2015, all United Nations member states adopted the SDGs, which are an urgent call to action by all countries. Each SDG has specific, actionable targets that contribute to the overall goal.
The U.N. Global Compact, the world\'s largest corporate sustainability initiative, allows the U.N. to work with companies to help move the SDGs forward. Companies that join the Global Compact are asked to select the targets they feel are most closely aligned with their core business and are therefore actionable by the company. “We believe that by adopting new technologies, improving business practices and embracing innovation, the agri-food sector can support a Planet of Plenty™,” said Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. “Today, we join the growing number of organizations around the world united by a passionate commitment to building a more sustainable future.”
Alltech chose nine SDGs that align directly with its core business and its vision for a Planet of Plenty™: zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; decent work and economic growth; climate action; life below the water towards alternatives to fishmeal and fishoil; life on land; partnerships for the goals.
Along with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, Alltech also committed to the Science Based Targets initiative. These targets are designed to help companies reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and share their progress through transparent documentation and reporting.