Sustainability

From the start, the Truvía® brand was built upon a foundation of sustainability and transparency. These business drivers have led to the creation of a common bond across the brand, a way of thinking and working that continuously seeks out economic, environmental and social opportunities.

Our commitments fall into three areas: sharing in improving communities, stewarding natural resources and sourcing responsibility.

Improving Communities

In the communities where Truvía® operates, we have an impact on people and families. We have the ability to make this impact positive by helping to build sustainable communities.

Our work with these communities centers on participating in long-term partnerships and engaging as a team to improve the communities where stevia is harvested.

We also provide support to producers to invest in education, healthcare, farm improvements, and technical assistance to increase yield and quality, thereby increasing income.


On World Food Day 2012, the Truvía® brand joined with the World Food Programme to launch Sharing a Sweet Future. Now in its third year, nearly $1 million in contributions from the Truvía® brand has been used to help develop sustainable communities in Bolivia, a region of critical need with one of the highest rates of nutritional deficiencies in South America.

The Truvía® team traveled to Bolivia to check on the progress of the program. Watch and share the stories of children, families and farmers and their daily lives in Bolivia.

You can help by donating to the World Food Programme. $1 feeds four children. Donate Now »

By the Numbers

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In 2013, members from the Truvia® business travelled to Bolivia to meet the schoolchildren the Sharing a Sweet Future initiative is helping feed. The World Food Programme documented their trip in photos here.

If you are interested in finding other ways to help people in Bolivia, click here to learn about a U.S.-based NGO called Mano a Mano that provides multiple ways to get involved.


In the first year of its partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme, the Truvía® business has provided 34,705 schoolchildren with school meals and built 68 fuel-efficient stoves, which allowed 3,574 students to eat cleaner cooked meals in a safer environment. The cleaner-burning stoves improve the health and safety of hundreds of mothers who cook at the schools.

By September of 2014, the Truvía® business will have provided school meals for 40,000 students, and another 70 new fuel-efficient stoves.

Why School Meals and Why Bolivia?

The Truvía® business values nutritional well-being and supports practices to safely source and supply food and beverage ingredients globally. In some countries, it’s about providing calories.

The Sharing a Sweet Future initiative focuses resources on a region experiencing nutritional deficiencies among its children—the Chuquisaca district of Bolivia.

Why School Meals and Why Bolivia?

Program Components

Sharing a Sweet Future is a two-part initiative that provides vegetable oil fortified with the highest level of Vitamin A nutrients in school meal baskets, and purchases energy-efficient, cleaner-burning cookstoves in more than 200 schools.

School Meals

One safely prepared, well-balanced school meal a day provides Bolivian children with enhanced nutrition and an incentive for them to regularly attend class. In turn, parents are motivated to send their children to school with the added benefit of saving money that would otherwise be spent on feeding them at home. As a result, school enrollment improves—especially for girls, who traditionally have less opportunity to attend school.

School Meals

Construction of LOLA Stoves

The use of traditional cookstoves and open fires in schools and homes is unsafe for the Bolivian people and their environment. These stoves produce high levels of harmful smoke that result in a range of serious illnesses, mostly affecting women and young children.

Construction of new stoves in these rural schools improves the safety and speed of the cooking environment and has a ripple effect, protecting the health of mothers, cooks and children deeper into the community.

Construction of LOLA Stoves

Leading to a Sustainable Future

In the end, the goal of Sharing a Sweet Future is to become obsolete. That is, if the initiative is successful, it will have established—by way of better nutrition, education and safety—a self-sufficient community that is not only healthier but also economically viable.

Using schools as a portal to reach deeper into communities touches not only schoolchildren, but also parents and member of the community whose activities in some way affect local schools. This is the case for local farmers for whom stable schools mean consistent buyers of their produce. This is not an overnight transformation, but planting the seeds today is the first step toward a sustainable future.

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Stewarding Natural Resources

Producing good crops depends on clean water, healthy soil, clean air and sunlight. As a food and agriculture company, our awareness of the importance of taking care of natural resources over the long term cannot be overstated. We believe the best way to ensure proper care is to implement a system that strives for continuous improvement.

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We started by undertaking a life cycle analysis to identify the major environmental impact areas in the Truvía® value chain. The results of our analysis brought four key areas to the forefront: greenhouse gas emissions, water use, waste and land management. Our commitments are centered around these areas:

Carbon

Carbon

Reduce our carbon footprint by 50% in 2015 from a 2010 baseline to become carbon neutral by 2020.

Water

Water

Ensure all processed water is returned in the same quality in which it was taken, and reduce net depletion by 25% by 2020.

Waste

Waste

Reduce waste by 50% across the supply chain in 2015 in an effort to become zero waste by 2020.

Land

Land

Ensure our stevia is not grown on conservation or protected land.

The Truvía® business team worked with the Carbon Trust to certify our carbon footprint and verify our waste and water footprints throughout its supply chain. Truvía® sweetener is the first sweetener to receive certification for its carbon footprint by UK-based Carbon Trust. The certified metrics are part of an action plan to manage the Truvía® stevia leaf extract carbon footprint in order to become carbon neutral by 2020.


Progress on Commitments

The Truvía® business has committed to important economic, social and environmental goals, including to be zero waste by 2020. Our results to date are notable and we remain open to scrutiny in our efforts and look for opportunities for continuous improvement. Click here for more information.

Environment Chart


Stakeholder Engagement

From the start, sustainability and transparent communications have been at the core of the Truvía® business. To that end, the Truvía® business set up advisory roundtables to share our efforts with the industry and NGOs and foster constructive feedback on developing the next steps of the sustainability planning process.

For more background on the origin of how the Truvía® business began cultivating our stevia supply chain with strong economic, environmental and social standards, click here.

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Sourcing Responsibly

When Cargill envisioned a stevia business years ago, no commercial stevia supply chain of scale existed. The Truvía® team decided to build a world-class socially and environmentally responsible supply chain from the outset, and, in the process, to set the benchmark for responsible business practice in the stevia industry. This is how that supply chain looks today:

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Core Values Guiding the Sustainable Supply Chain

Ethical PracticesEthical Practices

Wherever Truvía® operates, the Truvía® enterprise treats all people and business partners with dignity and respect.

A system of self-assessments and third-party audits ensures that the supply chains that bring the product from field to table are managed with integrity and transparency.

Fair PricingFair Pricing

The partnership Truvía® has with farmers in Argentina is for the long term, founded on shared objectives and values that link our future.

Together with the farmer cooperative, Truvía® has worked to create a pricing mechanism that is fair to all and balanced over time, reducing the volatility of earnings for the farmer while sharing the upside of success.


The Truvía® Sustainable Agriculture Standard

The stevia agricultural standard the Truvía® business developed is a first for stevia and has set the bar for responsibility across the industry. It is applicable to small-scale farms globally and aims to minimize environmental impact, ensure the health and safety of the producer, align with food safety and traceability requirements, and promote continuous improvement.

The Truvía® stevia standard consists of 135 control criteria in 13 categories:

  • Record keeping and internal self-assessment
  • Complaints
  • Traceability
  • Farm history and management
  • Worker health, safety and welfare
  • Waste and pollution management, recycling and reuse
  • Environment and conservation
  • Plant propagation material
  • Soil and substrate management
  • Fertilizer use
  • Integrated pest management
  • Plant protection products
  • Harvesting

The Truvía<sup>®</sup> stevia standard consists of 135 control criteria in 13 categories:

The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange

Truvía® manufacturing facilities are members of Sedex (The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains.

Sedex allows members to store, share and report information in four key areas: labor standards, health and safety, environment and business integrity. By joining Sedex, information is shared on all business practices through both self-assessments and third-party audits.

In the interest of transparency, the Truvía® business chooses to share such information, allowing members to review the data to seek out possible improvements.

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