Sustainability Sustainability


Building a sustainable, innovative and transparent business environment based on respect, ethics and a culture of inclusion forms the basis of our vision.

To view our 2022-23 Sustainability report, please click here

Our Commitment to Zero-Deforestation

In March 2024, ETG signed a zero-deforestation commitment for its high-risk supply chains of cocoa, coffee, soya, cashew and cotton in Africa and Southeast Asia. As part of the group’s sustainability strategy, ETG aims to have these supply chains free of deforestation by 2027. The commitment also includes preventing the destruction or degradation of peatlands, although these are not common in the jurisdictions where ETG operates.

ETG focuses on deforestation leading to land use change, in particular forests that contain High Conservation Values (HCV) and High Carbon Stocks (HCS) or are protected under local legislation. In addition, to increase smallholder farmers’ resilience to climate change, ETG is recovering tree cover loss on existing farmlands by supporting agroforestry practices. Throughout this work, ETG is committed to safeguarding the rights of people living and working around and in forests and peatlands.

ETG has built strategic partnerships to achieve these goals, including the Cocoa and Forest Initiative with the World Cocoa Foundation (read our progress report). Also, in close collaboration with Rainforest Alliance, ETG launched the world’s first Rainforest Alliance-certified cashew to scale deforestation-free practices across the industry (read more).

Aligned to UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030

The broader business environment has seen significant changes over the past decade, impacting the manner in which ETG conducts business. Nine UN Sustainable Development Goals inform our strategic sustainability priorities.

Priority No.

Zero Hunger

ETG Priority

Food Security

Zero Hunger
No Poverty

ETG Priority

Creating a market for Farmers produce

No Poverty
Climate Action

ETG Priority

Adaptable processes to capture opportunities and mitigate risks

Climate Action Affordable and Clean Energy
Life On Land

ETG Priority

Value creation of products through processing and adopting responsible production processes

Life On Land
Decent Work And Economic Growth

ETG Priority

Penetrate new markets & increase ETG's global presence

Decent Work And Economic Growth
Industry, Innovation And Infrastructure

ETG Priority

Infrastructure & Innovation

Industry, Innovation And Infrastructure
Decent Work And Economic Growth

ETG Priority

To capture opportunities in new areas of development, for example, artificial intelligence and energy

Decent Work And Economic Growth Industry, Innovation And Infrastructure
Engage stakeholders

ETG Priority

Proactively engage with all our stakeholders

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Gender Equality

ETG Priority

Equality - fostering an inclusive and equitable workplace, building on our family-oriented principles

Gender Equality Reduced Inequalities

ETG Sustainability Partners

Beyond Beans develops and implements projects across ETG’s commodity supply chains in collaboration with partner companies, NGOs and government agencies. The Foundation’s operational team consists of a multidisciplinary team of managers and field staff with experience in a wide range of topics, from tackling child labour to climate-smart agroforestry and promoting gender equity. The Foundation works primarily in cashew, cocoa, and coffee supply chains across Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo.

The Foundation’s work is centred around 4 core pillars:

Farmer Incomes: Providing the tools, technologies, and inputs that will empower smallholder farmers to turn their plantations into dynamic, profitable businesses.

Resilient Communities: Delivering impactful community development initiatives at the farmer level with a focus on women’s empowerment, access to finance, and children’s development.

A Healthy Environment: Leveraging community sensitization and nature-compatible farming practices to protect forests, water systems, other natural resources, and to mitigate climate change.

Dedicated Partnerships: Establishing effective cross-pollination between companies, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies to optimize investments and maximize impact.

The Foundation aims to boost innovation and deliver maximum benefits for the farming communities and landscapes that form the backbone of ETG’s rapidly expanding supply chains.

ETG | Beyond Beans is a signatory of the Cocoa and Forest Initiative (CFI) and we are committed to protecting and restoring forests, engaging communities, and supporting sustainable production and farmer livelihoods. Below you can find our CFI progress report, the purpose of which is to share the work we have accomplished in partnership with our farmers in the 2021-22 crop season.

Read the full CFI Progress Report for 2021 – 2022 here.

Since 2013, the Empowering Farmers Foundation (EFF) has actively engaged with over 100,000 smallholder farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa, working in cereals, oil seeds, legumes, pulses, nuts and other value chains. The Foundation aims to stimulate growth in the agricultural sector and foster the development of rural economies by supporting smallholder farmers to move from subsistence farming to farming for business. Through its unique extension model, it works closely with farming communities to provide technical agronomic and agri-business training while facilitating access to inputs, financial services and markets.

In partnership with ETG’s Sustainability Desk and its various business verticals, as well as with external partners, EFF leverages ETG’s sourcing model to improve agricultural productivity and profitability, driving the socio-economic growth of local market economies through skills development and knowledge transfer. Local government authorities and semi-autonomous agencies, and rural extension staff are critical for the implementation of project activities.

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